Thursday, June 23, 2005

Bush Forces White House Color Guard to Break the Law

Bush is intent on forcing new flag desecration laws down the throats of the proles, but it appears he's breaking a law regarding the handling of the American flag that's already on the books.

The White House color guard has a strange new ritual that takes place when Bush receives a foreign visitor, and I first noticed it during Blair's visit last week. It's bizarre and gives off creepy Richard Nixon vibes, and it's also apparently illegal.

During Blair's visit, the White House color guard stood in single file, four on each side, against the walls of a corridor that Bush and Blair passed to reach their podium setups. As they passed by, the military color guard dipped their flags, giving off not only a wave effect but adding an unseemly regal touch, as though bowing down before a monarch. I'd never seen anything like it, but this week it happened again, I believe during the visit of representatives from Portugal and Luxembourg.

The whole thing seems like another method to make Bush appear like a demigod or a king, and I decided to do some checking on this new grand entrance. I know he's violated much weightier laws and this one is but a drop of rain in the ocean, but here it is:

4 U.S. Code Chapter 1, Sec. 8.: Respect for flag - "No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing."

It's difficult to find footage online of this illegal ritual, as most of the U.S. media begins their coverage of the Blair visit with Bush and his poodle stepping up to the podiums, but BBC has a brief opening shot that shows the flags returning to their upright position after being dipped. I also wondered who might be brain dead enough to actually be impressed by this pompous, pretentious act and the answer came as if in a dream: Fox News viewers.

A quick check of the FNC site has a nice clip of the tail end of the illegal flag-dipping while EU representatives visited the White House.

Isn't this something? They want to bully us about the proper use of the flag, yet Bush is openly breaking a law designed to protect the flag. The arrogance is deplorable. This dipping of the American flag to a president (and, I might add, to foreign dignitaries - shocking) shows the depth of Bush's megalomania.

When the flag burning debate reaches the United States Senate, remind Harry Reid that Bush needs to follow the current laws regarding handling of the United States flag before new laws should be considered.


Blogger Flippy said...

I saw the dipping on The Daily Show. Maybe jot them a note and let them go through their footage again.

1:34 AM  
Blogger -simpchimp said...

--good idea

7:11 AM  

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