The Daily Sandwich

"We have to learn the lesson that intellectual honesty is fundamental for everything we cherish." -Sir Karl Popper

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Monday, May 29, 2006

'Pimp My Holiday' with the GOP

I was going to take the day off today, because I like Memorial Day, and didn't want it to be another occasion for political issues. Of course, that really isn't in my control when it comes to the desperation of the Republican party. There were plenty of words spilled this week on the continuing cakewalk in Iraq: from Bush, speaking at a Pennsylvania fundraiser, from George Will via Peter Beinart on why only Republicans should wage war, etc. All tasteless and dishonest stuff.

But the winner is Bill Frist, who went on Fox News to explain why a flag burning amendment to the Constitution is a matter of national security-- and tied it into Memorial Day, all while highlighting his own patriotism and proving that he is definitely not a pandering political whore.

Let me tell you, right now there’s no prioritization there. Securing America’s values. I hope tomorrow and today as people see that American flag, and I’m going to Arlington cemetery tomorrow and I’m going to see that flag waving on every grave over there. When you look at that flag and you tell me that right now people in this country are saying it’s okay to desecrate that flag and to burn it and to not pay respect to it, is that important to our values as a people when we’ve got 130,000 people fighting for our freedom and liberty today? That is important. It may not be important here in Washington where people say, well, it’s political posturing and all, but it’s important to the heart and soul of the American people.

Something I hadn't heard that the author points out is that China, Iran and Cuba are the only countries with such laws. Way to aspire to the best, GOP. But the real issue here is how unbelievably scuzzy Bill Frist is. Maybe a law banning opportunistic whores like him from turning national days of remembrance into demagogic hackfests would be something to consider.