An oxymoron? Or, simply moronic?
Conservative wings and nuts are all a-twitter today over a Colorado middle school's banning of all clothing that displays flags or other patriotic symbols, including camouflage. It seems tensions at the racially diverse school increased after twenty or so students showed up wearing camouflage jackets and pants to display their U.S. patriotism.
Odd as it seems to me to equate the glorification of militarism with love of country, it makes sense in the context of other illogical equations we've been asked to accept: Saudi terrorists + Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan = U.S. invasion of Iraq. Or, how about this one: Terry Schiavo + Act of Congress = Bush statement, "we ought to err on the side of life" [except when we're sending soldiers off to die in a trumped-up war over access to oil resources].
The Colorado middle school principle took the right action in banning displays of militarism meant to intimidate other students. Their parents may approve of this divisiveness, but it has no place in a school setting. Sadly, it's a lesson from the 'brown shirt" era in Germany that seems to have been lost on today's hysterical conservatives who either cannot or will not admit when they've crossed the line between patriotism and racism.