Rollin' Like Sisyphus

Socio-Cultural Navigation, And Other Wastes Of Time

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline by Huckleberry on March 10, 2015
Freedom Fries, FTW...

Freedom Fries, FTW…

This is where we are:

On Friday, State Senator Janet Nyugen (R-Orange County) [said] she was considering the introduction of a state constitutional amendment to prohibit “state-funded universities and college campuses from banning the United States flag.”

It kind of goes without saying that when you’re at the point where a government must pass laws prohibiting its own institutions from voting to ban its own flag from its own halls, well, you my friend are out in the weeds with a parched throat, a broken divining rod, and no way to find home.
Sure, it’s stupid that a gaggle of indigenous students would take it upon themselves to be offended on the behalf of immigrant students who may be “triggered” by the flag of the country they supposedly desperately wish to live in to the point of breaking the law and paying off a series of trafficantes to get here, but the stupid things are far outstripping the other things across the board.
It’s also stupid that a flag that supposedly stands for William Wallace’s Wet Dream, pioneered in an age when regarding governmental artifacts as sacrosanct made you an enemy of liberty, would become an object of such statist esteem that it would be off limits from any and all acts of insufficient reverence, from burning all the way down to ignominious removal from a public hallway. You’re free to do as you like, so long as the State likes what you do. In a sense it’s truly absurd that THE symbol of the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave is so fragile that the Brave and Free must prostrate themselves ceaselessly every time Old Glory flaps in the breeze.
It’s also stupid that, despite decades of deconstructionist dogmatics in the halls of every academy in Academia, where it’s been staunchly asserted that Symbols Don’t Matter because we’re all, like, totally equal and shit, we get more not less outrage about every innocuous instance of symbology and semiotics that flashes across the retinal cortex of every simple college student from the Baby Boomers on up through the Millennials.
It’s a goddamn flag.
It’s not going to jump off the wall and begin oppressing you as you walk to the Students For A Browner Tomorrow meeting; it’s not going to pick your pockets or conscript you to work in the coal mines of West Virginia; it’s not going to burn a path of destruction from Atlanta to the sea; it’s a dyed piece of cloth tacked to a wall.
So now there’ll be a law outlawing the lawful voting of lawlessly banning the lawful symbol of a lawlessly lawful land.
Go American.

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  1. Doom said, on March 11, 2015 at 06:50

    Well, there is that. :p

    Oh, I am not disagreeing. What else can be said. It all started with… a forbidden fruit? A willful nature? Allowing women to vote? Others, the first, the last? It is what it is. Death might not be preferred, but at least the parasites leave or die when it happens. 🙂

  2. El Borak said, on March 12, 2015 at 04:54

    Repiblicanism at its best. If governments didn’t fight with each other, they’d have more time to spend fighting us.


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