. . . speaking of wetting oneself, I can't help but comment on the current batch of conservative wingnut responses to what they perceive as egregious treatment of the American flag during recent protests over immigration reform legislation. They are busy whipping themselves into a frenzy of patriotic idiocy in a thinly veiled attempt to disguise their racism.
Yes, of course I understand the importance and power of symbolism (I'm a poet afterall) and I know the flag is more than a scrap of fabric. Each one of us can choose, however, exactly how much symbolic power we are going to ascribe to an object, and decide for ourselves where we are going to draw the line of reason.
Certainly, we've seen the extreme lengths some people will go to to defend symbols of patriotism and religion. Think cartoon images of Mohammed, for one. But, when our own culture of consumerism and marketing dilutes the image of the American flag to a point where it is emblazoned across everything from bikini bottoms to greasy paper plates and napkins, I find it beyond ludicrous for anyone to cry "desecration" when someone flys the flag upside down during a protest march.
Personally, I'm more offended by any juxtaposition of the American red, white and blue with the name of George W. Bush. If those same conservatives had an ounce of intelligence remaining, they'd be offended, too, by how our current administration has destroyed the integrity that used to exist behind the symbol of our flag.