Posted by: Tony Carson | 28 August, 2007

Those damn flag lapel pins

I’m a patriot, you’re not.

God, those damn things are annoying. They are such an obvious and simplistic play to emotions. And they’ve become so ubiquitous that they are now conspicuous by their absence.

Alberto Gonzales adorned his mandatory dark suit with a flag yesterday when he stood at the podium and told his audience how much he loved the country.

Think about that. Here is a man who has corrupted the democratic process in countless ways yet there he was proudly wearing the very symbol of democracy.

The lapel pin is the sartorial equivalent of the ‘Support our Troops’ bumper sticker. And just as meaningless.

This wouldn’t bother me so much if it wasn’t that the patriotic flag lapel pin has become another American export. But it is. Canadian pols are awkwardly wearing maples leaf flags symbolizing … what? It’s too soon to tell.

It’s like “Have a good day.” When the Americans say that it sounds like they mean it. When Canadians say it it sounds ironic.

That’s the way those damn flag pins are looking in Canada. Ironic.

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