Actual flag of the United States: note the size and position of the blue square relative to the stripes; note the number of rows of stars and the pattern of stars in alternating rows; note the number and width of the stripes.
Conservatives are angry all the time. The further to the extreme right, the higher the sustained anger level.
Fact and reason have nothing to do with this anger level. The anger is real; the causes are not.
The condition of perpetual free-floating rage on the right is the result of careful and deliberate priming – read LYING – by the right wing propaganda machine. They tell their gullible little stooges that things are BAD BAD BAD, and without a thought to fact checking a word of it, the right wingers fall into line and foam at the mouth on command.
You tend not to see these stories in the mainstream media, because they don’t survive the fact checking process. Tell the truth about these ginned up incidents, no one gets angry. It takes lies to anger the base. It takes lies to unite the base in support of bad candidates as well. There is so much of this propaganda, that the right cannot fully identify why they are so angry – they just know they ARE.
To move on to the latest of these manipulated anger political dramas, specifically about the flag (there are entire separate persistent right wing propaganda themes, memes, or genres, although they do sometimes overlap – black people are thugs, homophobia, Islamophobia, etc.), here are a couple of the more recent ones. The flag propaganda series posts illustrate qualities common to all of the different propaganda themes.
Nothing says patriotism like cars made in Korea……..or not. Hey, I’m all for trade, so long as we have an even playing field to compete, but it is an issue in the TPP that we are suffering from some bad provisions of past trade agreements with South Korea, and Kia is just one of the imports that contribute to those problems of lost jobs and trade imbalance.
So in that larger world economics context, I was equal parts angry and amused at the latest two examples of right wing propaganda that usurps legitimate patriotism and hijacks the flag for purposes of propaganda. Both take place in Florida, one in Sunrise, one in West Palm Beach.
Note that there is no upper (viewers) left hand corner of blue (technically a canton) with 50 stars representing 50 states, but rather the blue takes up slightly less than half of the flag. The number of stars in each row, and the arrangement of stars in each row also appear to be incorrect.
photo of the so-called ‘American Flags’ being flown at the Kia dealership in West Palm Beach.
Moving on to the ‘stripes’ of the flag, they are the wrong width, and there are more than the 13, representing the original colonies, that appear on our American flag.
These are NOT AMERICAN FLAGS.
This is a form of bunting, which is prohibited by local ordinance, apparently intended to keep dealerships from unduly junking up the municipality.