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Breaking News: Obama caves! Flag pin returns to his coat lapel

OMG, will you look at that? Amazing what a protracted primary struggle amid bitter small towns will do to previously stated political positions.

The flag pin is back on the lapel of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. No, really. AFTER PHOTO Look very closely at the left coat lapel of Illinois senator and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama speaking in Pennsylvania Tuesday There's the famous flag pin back on his chestLook closely at his left lapel in this photo from MSNBC on Tuesday.

You may recall Obama removed the lapel flag pin last fall as something of a gesture of independence if you're an Obama fan -- or an act of defiant antiwar non-patriotism if you're not.

At the time Obama removed the pin, which most politicians had worn on their suit coats since 9/12 as a sign of patriotism, solidarity with 9/11 victims and their families and national support for American troops.

However, when a sharp-eyed local ABC-TV reporter in Iowa asked him, half-jokingly, about it in October, Obama went on to explain seriously at some length:

"You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a pin. Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we're talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest.

"Instead," Obama added rather grandiosely, "I'm going to try to tell....

the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism."

Of course, removal of the little symbol could also be framed as a statement of principle that usefully An American flag lapel pin like Democratic senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama has not been wearing until April  15 2008 underlined his oft-stated and long-standing opposition to the Iraq war unlike, say, some other Democratic senators who wanted to be president and voted to authorize use of force in Iraq.

The little flag's big disappearance aroused considerable controversy at the time. It was tied in with the fraudulent photo of Obama not placing his hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance, thus publicly displaying a lack of patriotism.

"It just shows you he's not ready for prime time," said Laura Ingraham, the conservative commentator.

Once the flames of controversy really got roaring, Obama reasonably explained, "I'm less concerned with what you're wearing on your lapel than what's in your heart. You show your patriotism by how you treat your fellow Americans, especially those who serve. And you show your patriotism by being true to your values and ideals. And that's what we have to lead with, our values and ideals." But it was too late by then.

OK, he weathered that one and has done just fine on the delegate-collection side of things ever since, wearing naked lapels. Although the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's sermon about the chickens coming home to roost on American shores on 9/11 re-created some awkward moments for Obama.

But, whoa, there he was Tuesday on national television at a Keystone State town hall meeting trying, with some success, according to recent polls, to play catch-up to Sen. Hillary Clinton in the next key Democratic primary state of Pennsylvania, which votes April 22.

And there, like a screaming eagle proclaiming Obama's patriotism for all the bitter, disgruntled voters of small-town America to see just days after he seemed to dis them to an elite crowd of donors at an allegedly closed fund-raiser in a San Francisco mansion, waving stiffly on the senator's left lapel was the old red-white-and-blue BEFORE PHOTO Illinois Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama wearing naked lapelsflag pin. Watch and see if it's still there in tonight's debate.

According to a touching-possibly-true-but-then-again-you-never-know-in-big-time-politics report circulating on several blogs during the night, the pin was reportedly given to Obama Tuesday morning by a disabled veteran whose name nobody seems to know right now.

So naturally not wanting to hurt the vet's feelings, how could the 46-year-old Obama do anything other than immediately put the pin back on his public lapel for as long as necessary?

If we were cynical and had over the years seen even the most seemingly idealistic politicians sway with the winds in the face of political pressure just before a crucial election, we'd write something about how convenient that no one caught the vet's name.

But then, probably by lunchtime today someone will find a disabled Pennsylvania veteran who claims he's the one who proudly gave the little pin to the candidate. And Obama can then wear the minute flag until he himself turns 88 without having to explain an embarrassing but awfully convenient political flip-flop in the face of running against a Republican war veteran who spent nearly six years in a POW cell. And who, by the way, won his party's presidential nomination rather handily without any lapel pin.

(UPDATE: Thanks to loyal Ticket reader Ariane for steering us to video of Obama acknowledging the disabled vet. And it didn't even take until lunchtime.)

So we'll leave out all that cynical part.

--Andrew Malcolm

                                                                                                                                 Photo Credit: AP

 
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So what's he supposed to do, take a pin given to him by a disabled vet and stuff it in his pocket??? Get a grip people.

I am patrotic and don't wear a flag pin. A non-issue. OBAMA 08'

Obama is not damned if he does, damned if he doesnt.

He made a conscious choice to shun the flag. What he does now, sincere or not, is irrelevant. His first instinct was to shun it - thats his basic feeling on the matter.

I can't believe I wasted the 3 minutes it took me to read through this "article." The author should consider a job at the National Enquirer

And since when do we have to question a candidate's patriotism? THEY'RE RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.

What bad journalism, bad blogging, just bad all around.

I cannot believe this journalist can wake up in the morning and look at himself and feel proud of his profession and his work.

This was lazy journalism of the worst sort.

And for those faux patriots screaming about the pledge and the national anthem, look at any sports event and see how many people do not put their hand over their hearts during the anthem. I was taught not to by my father, a US marine who fought in VietNam. I was taught to stand respectfully with my hands folded in front of me and face the flag.

I suppose we should send him to Guantanamo for some waterboarding?

I bet you had no idea the US code required that, you hypocrite.

I will take "more than a flag pin" to believe this guy....


Spin, spin, spin, spin, spin... spin...spin........spin......... yeah, right.

Maybe the "typical down-trodden, religious, white, immigrant hating, scared of illegal aliens who are invading our country, out of work bitter, low-class, ignorant uninformed, un-thinking people with buy into this...

Wanna-bet?

Jezzika

If Obama is the democratic presidential nominee, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY ADULT LIFE I WILL BE VOTING A REPUBLICAN FOR PRESIDENT.

Obama LIES again!

Rev. Wright -> his racist pastor for 20 years

Obama said his parents met in Selma, AL 1965 and parent bore him from that meeting. --> WRONG! Sen Obama you were born 1961 LONG BEFORE the Selma, AL happened.

Thank you Obama...the flag pin you now wear has a meaning not like most of the pins...

But then, Senator McCain doesn't really need a lapel flag pin, does he?

Chapman, you're a sick person. Who let you out of the funny farm!
Good gosh, man , get real, obama is nothing but a racist and a socialist. Just as the other guy said, he should be wearing a hammer and sickle!
Check out the Bridget Bardot story being prosecuted and what she is beoing prosecuted for if you want to see where the U.S. is headed. Government by the people against the people! If you don't agree with them and exercise your free speech rights then you'll be sent to jail. That'll show you oh you who dare to speak out..
Obama and his cronies and the legions of political correctness groups will make a believer of you. And if not, they will sentence you to listen to Jeremiah for every sunday that osama obama wasn't there. ! Screw obama!

Mr. Malcolm. . .

That you have exposed your posterior in this commentary is without question.

Fortunately there are younger people coming along in this country that are going to eliminate the influence of men your age (and mine).

I'll gladly sacrifice my influence to know that yours is gone.

And so it goes... If Obama ever takes off the pin he'll be grilled by the press about whether it means his patriotism has waned. Or if HRC appears at her next event wearing AN EVEN BIGGER flag pin, we'll get stories about who is the more patriotic.

Nate: Please, get me your email address, because when Barack Hussein is NOT elected President I want to be the first to laugh in your face.

Obama is a fake. This guy talks about how many things he wants to fix, about how he would do this and that and make things better for all, yet he can't outline a single plan to show us how he would accomplish it. He is a media darling and thrown softball questions during many debates. His supporters can see that he does no wrong, even though his faults are evident to a blind man. He only spoke about his close relationship with the Rev. Wright after he was called out about it... imagine if no one said anything. It is likely that he would still be there, praising his teachings and embracing his ideas.

You guys are missing the point of article, and you can defend him in any way you like (I'm sure you can think of a snazzy rebuttal to nearly every negative item said about B.H.O.) but the bottom line is that he changes his stances regularly to fit the current issues and he did NOT place his hand over his heart during the National Anthem. Yes, the pin and Hand over heart during the Anthem are very small items, but if he can't handle something small like that with dignity and respect, who says I want to have him represent my country and myself in the World? Who says he can handle the big, important, serious issues that he would inevitably face?

Name call all you like, Bush does not represent the Republican Party nor Conservatives, so personally I could care less if you point out his flaps and flaws. News Flash for you: The Right’s “moment in the sun” is not over with. Why do you think movies like “Stop Loss” and “Redacted” have done so poorly in the box office? Americans are tired of the Left and their one track mind… “destroy American values... discredit Bush… destroy American values... discredit Bush… destroy American values... discredit Bush…” Limbaugh, Hannity, Coulter, Sullivan, Glen Beck and all of the “right wing bombasts” are enjoying higher than ever ratings. Obama will go nowhere, he is being exposed for the fake that he is. Welcome to reality. (I bet someone finds the most inane, minute part of what I have said to pick at. I also bet that I get called some "really mean" name, since the Left is so good at personal attacks rather than debating the actual issues at hand.)

Wow. The only shocker here is that leftist posters are actually tolerating and defending Obama wearing the pin.

My, my, this must get ya'll panties in a twst.

I'm forever grateful that you left out the cynicism.

All that aside - we believe his words are significantly more important than this article.

Binx101
The Almost Daily Binx
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Thats quite some insight you've got going there, fella.

In this time where we've seen Habeas Corpus suspended, The President openly declares he has the authority to violate any law he chooses, and the Congress responds by handing him their authority to declare (an illegal) war based on fabricated claims without bothering to check back first…

American citizens can be declared "illegal combatants" by the President and be imprisoned on secret evidence, wholesale spying on Americans is being done openly in violation of both law and the Constitution, the administration makes a conscious decision to make torture and other violations of international law official policy…

the Justice department is turned into some kind of loyalist political "goon squad" complete with corrupt and cooperative judges willing to jail political opponents up to and including governors, legal citizen activists opposing executive policies are deliberately placed on "no-fly" lists and barred from travel to planned civil actions…

the entire electronic voting industry is severely compromised, the federal debt continues to grow so enormously that it now threatens the federal government's very survival, domestic neglect and financial complicity has resulted in record home repossessions that at this early stage have already gotten so out of hand in some cases the banks can no longer afford to even repossess them…

prices are rising, employment is falling, state and county, and civic governments are all sagging under the weight of neglect and economic hardship - yes, at times like this…

what concerns me most is lapel pins and "bitter" talk.

Why would a "journalist" cover anything else?

Insults might offer me some relief at the moment, but I could never offer up an insult as deeply wounding as the one your just typed up for yourself.

Truly pathetic.

Maybe he just doesn't wanna look like a republican.

Obama the hypocrite! If you don't want to wear a flag pin, take it off...and have the courage to leave it off if you don't think you should wear it. However, if you really want to show some character, apologize for those years you listened to your bigoted Pastor and the demeaning remarks you made against "bitter / clinging" small town Americans.

Granny

Obama talks about change we can believe in as his election slogan and then about hope.
In what direction is he going to take America in his message of change and hope? Does he
have a blue print or manifesto to reflect this change and hope to the American public?
He criticised Hilary for voting for the Iraq war. Does he ever think Hilary's one and only vote
can send US troops to wage war in Iraq. Hilary's vote along with the votes of the majority of
senators was a vote of an act of good faith to safegard national security and protect every
American's life including Obama's from harm's way. Hilary voted for the Iraq war based on the
false infomration given her. She acted in good faith and should not held accountant for the mistake
cos it was a collective mistake. Suppose Hilary's vote turned out to have achieved the desired
objective. Do you think Obama will thank her for it?

How can Obama say he can't disown Jeremiah Wright any more than he can disown the black community
or his white grand mother. How can he disown his pastor who is not even related to him in any way by
flesh and blood? Is he going to say that he phrased his words poorly this time as in the case of small town
voters' bitterness over thier economic hard times to religion and guns?

This is civilians' way of expressing support for the troops. As a combat veteran, I'd rather for the politician be focused on doing something for veterans rather than having a lapel pin on as a prop.

"How can he disown his pastor who is not even related to him in any way by flesh and blood?"

I have a woman that I call sister. You can not tell me she isn't my sister, even though we do not share parents. My boyfriend has a best friend that he calls his brother, and refers to him as his brother, and to anyone who asks, they're brothers.

I am closer to my "sister" than I am to my own siblings - I have five of them, and I only speak to one on a regular basis.

I'll be damned if you try to tell me that you can't be family with someone if they aren't related by blood. That is an insult to step-parents and step-children, and adoptive parents and adopted children EVERYWHERE.

As a 28 year vet I could care less whether he wears a flag pin or not....I've never worn one myself....just served it....what bothers me is that he comes up with a BS excuse for not wearing one that sounded all high and mighty and now when his motives are suspect(Rev. Wright and Bittergate)....viola....flag pin on the lapel???? This guy reminds me of the ducks at the carnival shooting gallery....I qualified expert rifle/pistol in the military but I coundn't win that damn stuffed mammal...can't pin this duck either.

If Obama wins, do yourself a favor and move to Canada.

For the cynics on here: When you always see the glass as half-empty, do you also refuse to drink from the half-full glass? I see Obama understanding what patriotism actually is. He also understands that Vet was sincere, and Obama honors his service by accepting and wearing a symbol of the Vet's service. Maybe Obama's detractors believe patriots bomb innocent people, torture and shred the Constitution. Obama does not. I do not.

Why do you think that Obama's not placing his hand over his heart was a fraudulent charge? WATCH and see it is true!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8QCkgg5Kjo

ANOTHER UPDATE !!ANDREW WRITES "It was tied in with the fraudulent photo of Obama not placing his hand over his heart during the Pledge of Allegiance, thus publicly displaying a lack of patriotism. HERE IS THE LINK MY FRIEND
http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/anthem.asp PLEASE CORRECT... TOUGH NIGHT ANDY? YOU CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS .. REPORT PLEASE DO NOT MAKE UP THE NEWS

Someone once asked me if I knew what a "Mush Brain" was. I replied, yes it is one who plans to vote for one of two Marxist for President. Obama and Clinton are students of Saul Alinsky. I knew back in the late 60's that Liberal was a code word for Communist, which is why I got as far away from them as I could. I became an Independent. So if the Liberals then called themselves Communist, why aren't today's Liberals just as honest?

What a failed attempt at character assassination by a former Clinton employee and a current Clinton supporter. Stephanopoulos, you took orders from Sean Hannity, I mean S-e-a-n H-a-n-n-i-t-y. Do you really lack that much self-esteem? I am not even a democrat... This was tabloid work you did today. I do not have health care and I am a full-time student with loans; how did you help me Mr. Stephanopoulos in this "debate" you moderated?

Senator Barrack Obama in his younger days was brought up in Muslim Indonesia, and initially refused to wear the American Flag Pin on his lapel after 9/11 because he was against President George W. Bush's invasion of Muslim Iraq in 2001; refused to pledge loyalty during the playing of the American National Anthem and the raising of the American Flag by placing his hand over his heart during the debate with Governor Bill Richardson and Senator Hillary Rhodam Clinton, who spontaneously did so; refused to condemn the anti-American sermons by his Pastor Wright until confronted and still continued to be closely associated with him on the lame excuse that he has retired; and his wife's claim that she was proud to be an American citizen for the first time when her husband is gaining in the presidential polls; and now he wears the American Flag pin,which was obviously staged and exposes Senator Obama as lacking in integrity. With his glib tongue, Senator Obama has fooled a large majority of the American electorate. With the above evidence of his total lack of patriotism, yet Americans dared not question whether his original opposition to the Iraq invasion was based on his heritage. He has since capitalized on his stand. The Senator is a fraud. Beware America!

Kim Y. Chan (Dr.), Singapore.

OMG - GROW UP!

There are thousands of more important issues that should be covered in this news paper, that $2 piece of cheap jewelry is not 1 of them.

Patriotism is not defined by the jewelry you wear, but by your actions.

Shame on you, shame on the people who approved your blog & shame on anyone who paid you for this article.

Obama's again named in Rezko trial!

FEDERAL COURT | The Obamas lied about attending bash for Iraqi crook Nadhmi Auchi. BY NATASHA KORECKI, CHRIS FUSCO AND TIM NOVAK

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama was again drawn into Tony Rezko's corruption trial when the prosecution's star witness placed Obama at a party for an Iraqi-born billionaire who was barred entry to the United States. Stuart Levine testified under cross-examination that Obama and his wife, Michelle, attended the reception for Nadhmi Auchi.

An Obama connection court testimony have linked presidential hopeful Barack Obama with Iraqi-born billionaire Nadhmi Auchi and Rezko. Obama met Middle Eastern bankers at the Four Seasons hotel in Chicago hosted by Rezko, who was courting potential investors for a 62-acre South Loop development. Auchi later took control of that project. Later Auchi attended a dinner party at Rezko's Wilmette mansion. Obama and his wife, Michelle, also were there, according to federal testimony at Rezko's corruption trial. The Obama campaign's responsed that Senator and Mrs. Obama have no recollection of attending the event.

Jan. 28, 2008 Rezko was jailed for withholding details of his finances -- including a $3.5 million payment from Auchi convicted of fraud in France in 2003. After visiting Chicago and Detroit in 2004, he wasn't allowed back into this country, according to a prosecution filing in the Rezko case gathering for Auchi took place at Rezko's mansion in Wilmette, with Mr. and Mrs. Obama there. Monday, Obama camp said Obama does not recall meeting Nadhmi Auchi but Obamas attended the Wilmette reception, which came less than a month after Obama's Democratic primary win for his U.S. Senate seat. Rezko had been a key fund-raiser for Obama with Auchi. Obamas relationship with Rezko who is accused of demanding kickbacks from people seeking Illinois government business is now under a federal microscope as he seeks the presidency. Obama particularly has drawn fire for buying property from Rezko's wife a strip of land adjacent to Obama's Kenwood home at a time when both Obamas knew Rezko was already known to be under federal investigation.

Gov. Blagojevich hosted a separate dinner party for Auchi two days earlier, at the Four Seasons hotel in downtown Chicago, the Sun-Times has reported. Auchi was named by prosecutors in the January court filing that led to Rezko's bail being revoked and his being jailed. Last April, an Auchi company wired Rezko $3.5 million in connection with a valuable 62-acre South Loop site, which Rezko didn't disclose to authorities. Auchi's General Mediterranean Holding now controls the land at Roosevelt and Clark. Prosecutors said Rezko appealed to the State Department in November 2005 to allow Auchi to enter the United States, after Auchi was unable to do so.

Huffington Post-William Ayers, in the age of terrorism, is Obamas Willie Horton said
Former counterterrorism expert Larry Johnson,
There has been sudden information linking Obama to a former member of the radical Weathermen Underground group that claimed responsibility for a dozen bombings between 1970 and 1974. The former Weatherman, William Ayers, told the New York Times. I don't regret setting bombs...I feel we didn't do enough. Obama and Ayers were members of the board between 92-02. In addition, Ayers contributed to Obama's election to the Senate. They lived within a few blocks of each other in the trendy Hyde Park section of Chicago and moved in the same liberal-progressive circles. Larry Johnson, a former counterterrorism official at the CIA and the State Department, predicts Republicans would seize on the Ayers case, and again raises questions about Obama's judgment. WHERES MAINSTREAM MEDIA LIKE CNN & MSNBC WHY ARE THEY HIDING THIS MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM VOTERS??

OBAMA WAS AWFUL IN THE DEBATE, we cannot risk our country on him! OUR TIME HAS COME FOR DEMOCRATS TO FULLY SUPPORT SENATOR CLINTON TO WIN IN NOV.
Hillary dominates Philadelphia we now know who won the debate according to our focus group. Senator Clinton is the debate winner, 23% believe Senator Obama won while 50% believed Senator Clinton won. Debate Analysis, 4/16/08
ABC News Political Radar Rick Klein – Clinton is back to the strong presence we saw early in the cycle.
MSNBC News Chuck Todd – Obama ‘did not have a good night. Obama’s answer on Ayers and the flag were simply weak. He seemed unprepared, Kinda surprising because questions seemed to stump him each time.
Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder – Theres no way Obama could have fared worse.
Washington Post’ Chris Cillizza— Obama struggled quite a bit when asked about Rev. Wright his pastor.
New York Times’ Katharine Seeyle: Hillarys in her element as she goes into details. Shes becoming expansive, seemingly in her element as she goes into details; Mr. Obama does not look as thrilled to be still standing there.
Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall – Hillary ‘certainly seems more self-assured.'She certainly seems more self-assured on the Iran question than Obama did we could clearly see he was on delicate territory.
Philadelphia Inquirer –Obama is again less certain and rambles again. When asked about the Washington D.C. gun ban. Gibson asks him to deny that he has ever advocated a complete ban on hand guns in 1996. Obama says no. But whatever the truth, no other answer is possible
NBC News’ Matthew Berger – Obama tried to have it both ways with Israel. Obama's answer on an Iranian attack on Israel tried to seem to have it both ways: highlight his support for Israel but not lock him into treating an attack on Israel like an attack on the U.S. But it may have looked more like a no because it wasn't a firm yes. Clintons answers were direct.
AMAZING NEW ARTICLE ON OBAMA - SHOWS HE TRULY IS A RADICLE.
IF CBS IS PRINTING OBAMA STUFF, YOU KNOW OBAMA IS READY TO IMPLODE.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/04/11/opinion/main4009369.shtml

Kool Aid Anyone????

Larr said:

"Arienne-interesting your grandfather already knew all the nuances of Iraq/Afghan/AlQueda the day after the war started."

Anyone who was paying attention and had some semblance of intelligence knew the same thing. I hope all retired USN aren't as ignorant.

Interesting video, Bush Sr. didn't put his hand over his heart either. What, no lapel pin, how could republicans elect such an unpatriotic president.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EYKHCimxzs

Ummmm... that shot is taken from Tuesday.

Yep. Tuesday. It's says it TWICE.

Tuesday... is BEFORE Wednesday, the day of the ABC non-debate I believe.

I'll just let that sink in for a bit.

But, it sorta takes the wind right out of your argument, I'm afraid.

Am I the only one who thinks that the flag lapel pins (almost all made in China) are tacky? I don't see anyone but Republicans wearing them. No president wore one until Bush. came along And his kind of patriotism sure isn't my kind of patriotism.

This is a manufactured issue, started by people with narrow minds. I salute the flag every day with my middle school class and I fly the flag on Memorial Day to honor my father who died in battle in WWII.

And one more thing. . . gasp . . . I don't put my hand over my heart when I sing (with great gusto) The Star Spangled Banner. Who made these rules? I pay my taxes, support the troops (but not the administration), and can recite the Gettysburg Address and the Preamble to the Constitution. I have a Master's degree in U.S. history.

Nobody is going to tell me I have to wear one of those silly,cheap pieces of costume jewelry. You go, Obama.

When a presidential candidate refuses to manifest his respect for our flag and our nation by means of the usual symbols - wearing a flag pin or covering his heart when the national anthem is performed - that tells me he is intentionally making a statement of disrespect. For 20 years, Obama has been a member of a church that teaches disrespect for an America controlled by white supremacists. Obama has praised the leader of that church, Jeremiah Wright, as his friend, mentor and moral compass. We have all seen the type of sermons preached by Jeremiah Wright. We know what Jeremiah Wright thinks about America. I think Obama's deliberate acts of disrespect show that he agrees with Wright.

Take a look at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2KvYwXm2EU
and watch all 4 parts.

I have quit reading any newspapers a long time ago. If I want to keep up with the world, I read the internet articles. If I want to further by reading intelligence, I read the New Yorker. LA times, as epitomized here by Mr. Vacuous, aka Andrew Malcolm, is no only one of those newspapers where the language and grammar are below 9th or so grade high school level, but the information contained therein is biased, unresearched, and money-generating. As time goes by, we will soon reach a level where only an idiot would news like the ones in LA times: articles written by idiots for idiots.

The country is going down the drain and sometimes I wonder whether that's not largely due to a media market that coerces shallow Americans to believe in myths. God damn the media and God help America if this continues. Do a service to your country - don't be limited to any one source for your information.

It's all media propaganda. Most of America is too lazy to do the leg-work themselves. Therefore, they trust and are inspired by the lazy leg-work of "so-called" reporters. They want your money...they will tell you ANYTIHNG for a dollar! Quit believing everything you se on TV! Do what I did and TURN IT OFF! Self-educate...the only way to the truth!
WE HAVE MORE CHOICES!!
ALAN KEYES FOR PRESIDENT!! Media does not want you to know he is running. No money in it for them. Alan just ditched the republican party for their media asisted continued moral decline. He will most likely run on the Constitution Party ballot. THIS MAN DOES NOT WAVER FROM HIS HEART OR THIS COUNTRY OR GOD...FOR NO ONE!!
Strongest candidate out there...not to mention his extensive foreign policy experience while Secretary of State during the Reagan Administration.
AMERICA'S REVIVAL NEEDS KEYES!

Wearing the flag pin [or not] reminds me of the "fish" (symbol of Christianity) that was given to me by someone so I could put in on my car.

I told her that my car didn't need to wear a fish to make me any more of a Christian than I already am.

Same situation with Obama [up till recently] electing not to wear the flag pin.

Just wearing a symbol is meaningless in my mind.


No Barinwoods, It does not make you a better christian it makes you a PROUD christian!

silly Boomers.

he's wearing it *ironically.*

ALL ABOARD! The Stop Obama Express. Hurry seats are filling up fast.www.StopObamaExpress.com

NEWSFLASH: in each of the three presidential debates, Obama wore a flag pin.... and McCain DID NOT!

Why does McCain hate America?

he is our president!!! Stop the insanity. He will overcome.

 
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