The “sound and fury, signifying nothing” patriotism of right-wing politicians has long included the metaphoric wrapping themselves in the flag, and an obsession with passing legislation to prevent our beautiful banner’s defacement, in egregious violation of the First Amendment’s right of free speech.
In 2003, Representative Steve Chabot (R-OH), a supporter of a (waste-of-time) House amendment, H.R.J. Res. 4 (108th Congress, 1st Session), “The Congress shall have the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States,” said, “If we allow the flag’s defacement, we allow our country’s gradual decline.”
Wonder what he thinks of the trend for Old Glory to wrap the bodies of all kinds of American citizens in the form of sweaters, jackets, shirts, pants (street-appropriate and pajama bottoms), scarves, bikinis, etc. And of course it’s important to accessorize: including bags, backpacks, umbrellas, hats, caps, helmets and bandanas.