Saturday, February 11, 2012

How to Play the Symbols

By Dan Hagen
Mosques. Flag pins. Freedom fries. Flapdoodle. 

The right keeps the country stirred up about things that are symbolic but meaningless in real-world terms — flags, gay marriage, public religious displays, “support the troops” magnets, etc. 

They are all matters of semantics, useful for keeping the American public distracted from the police-state erosions of its liberty and the corporate picking of its pockets.

In America, flag-waving, education-hating, xenohobic fatuousness is always the first refuge of a scoundrel, and of the fools who follow him -- or, in Palin's and Bachmann's case, her.

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