Do ‘True Patriots’ wear flag pins?

This has only a limited reference to Stephen Colbert, but it made me smile. Our friend Rachel Sklar over at HuffPo’s “Eat the Press” decided to do a little investigation into this whole lapel pin controversy, and the results are both interesting and amusing.

From the Huffington Post (internal links omitted):

Flag Pins: Who Wears ‘Em?
Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | April 23, 2008 09:11 AM

There’s been much ado about flag pins lately — who wears them, who doesn’t, and whether that means you are patriotic enough to be president. Last week during ABC’s now-infamous debate, moderators Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulous included this question from totally random Pennsylvanian Nash McCabe:

“Senator Obama, I have a question, and I want to know if you believe in the American flag. I am not questioning your patriotism, but all our servicemen, policemen and EMS wear the flag. I want to know why you don’t.”

Nope, no questioning of the patriotism at all! Gibson followed up wondering, “How do you convince Democrats that this would not be a vulnerability?” Because clearly, wearing a flag pin is an excellent indication that you are patriotic, and the non-wearing of said pin is a sure indication of your scorn for the flag. Since this keeps on popping up again and again, ETP decided to look at a random day in the news cycle (pre-primary Monday) and see just how patriotic the media, candidates, and various people orbiting the campaign actually are — and who wears their hatred of America as surely as an unencumbered lapel.

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Well, what about the true patriots? Sure, the other candidates, but actually, I mean the true patriots:

'True Patriots' composite from HuffPo

…Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, obvs — and nary a flag in sight. (Though Colbert is sporting his WristStrong bracelet). What does that tell you about the flag pin, if a patriot like Colbert wears his lapel bare? Well, it tells John McCain and Hillary Clinton that they don’t have to bother pretending to love this country, either. Same goes for surrogates (David Axelrod), runners-up (Mike Huckabee) and people who appear in that “I’m 4 New York!” ad (Alec Baldwin). But I would have expected better from the Pope.

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Full text of post here

Ha ha, Rachel! Nice work gathering and presenting all of this, and thanks for including the “true” patriots.


  1. LOL! I just saw this and see that MsI beat me to the post! I love Rachel’s writing when she’s “on”.

  2. AmandaIvy says:

    Haha! That just made my day. Great find, Ms I!

  3. Okay, someone please tell me why Ms. Sklar did moderate the debate last week? She seems to be more rational than most of the aforementioned in this article put together (aside from Jon and Stephen, of course…not that I’m biased or anything). I really think this sums it up best:

    What does all this mean? That the whole flag-pin wearing thing is ridiculous…

    That gets a hearty “Amen!” from me. Thank you, Rachel, for reinforcing why “Distractions” have been put On Notice.

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