I thought this would make a nice Memorial Day photo sense I will not be blogging tomorrow. The National Museum of American History has a Flickr stream with some more photos of the Star-Spangled Banner. This is the original Banner or Great Garrison Flag that was the garrison flag that flew over Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor during the naval portion of the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812. If you ever have the opportunity to visit the museum and see the flag you will not be able to take a personal photograph. Like most natural fibers and paintings the banner is sensitive to light. The accumulation of thousands of flashes from all the visitors would cause a photochemical effect which would contribute to the deterioration of the flag.
H/t for this old video, Despotism (1946 Encyclopedia Britannica educational film)
A community is low on a respect scale if common courtesy is withheld from large groups of people on account of their political attitudes, if people are rude to others because they think their wealth and position gives them that right, or because they don’t like a man’s race or his religion. Equal opportunity for all citizens to develop equal skills is one basis for rating a community on a respect scale.”
Sharing respect means that each shares the respect of all, not because of his wealth or his religion or his color, but because each is a human being and makes his own contribution to the community — from healing its sick to collecting its garbage, from managing its railroads to running its trains.”
Humans have probably been deluding themselves about what they think, feel and believe in since the first grunt. Such is the tradition of modern doublespeak – Fracked and Burned: The Tyranny of the Corporate Tea Party. This is both funny and scary. A little like watching an old episode of The Outer Limits. The Outer Limits introduction is not just a classic in TV tag-line introductions it has become part of media history and popular culture:
There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to — The Outer Limits.
— Opening narration, The Control Voice, 1960s
The tea stains of Ohio make that intro seem believable. A certain ideology, mentality and warped world view dominates their self perception:
From a letter to the editor of the Record Courier May 20, 2012, from Tom Zawistowski, Founder, President and Executive Director, Portage County TEA Party:
“In short… conservatives, including those in the TEA Party movement, believe in common sense. That 2+2 always equals 4. That you live within your means. That you are responsible for your life and whether you succeed in life. That the only real rights you have are granted by your God, not by man. That you stay out of your neighbor’s business and that they stay out of yours. That you take care of your family and friends when they need help. That our job is to be productive and government’s job is to stay out of our way. That businesses are good because they produces jobs, economic growth and all tax revenue, and that government’s job is to create a safe, business- friendly environment so that can happen.
“That anyone who does not believe as we do does not understand what made America great, does not believe in the Constitution, and should not be involved in our government.”
No part of the U.S. Constitution establishes the USA as a theocracy. The people of the U.S. have split blood freeing themselves from the tyranny of religious dogma. The Confederacy claimed they had a God given right to own slaves – and the Bible does indeed allow for slavery under certain conditions. America rejected that biblical dogma. While the suffrage movement in the U.S. based many of its claims to voting and assorted other rights on the Bible, the opposition to suffrage claimed their Christian God thought suffrage was evil. ” Stay out of your neighbor’s business”? – sticking their nose into people’s bedroom’s is not enough for conservatives, they want the federal and state government in every uterus in America. If someone ever sees the Yeti or Loch Ness Monster, you will also have seen something as elusive as the conservative straw man of the liberal or progressive who does not believe in individual responsibility. When George W. Bush was spending twenty years as an alcoholic that ran three businesses into the ground and his daddy’s friends bailed him out was that the kind of individual responsibility conservatives would be proud to use as an example. How about all the conservatives who collect checks from Medicare or cannot afford to take care of their relatives without that assistance. Why aren’t millions of conservatives donating their Social Security checks to pay for that $3 trillion debacle in Iraq – that would certainly be a example of talking responsibility. Especially sense they put the war and the rebuilding of Iraq on the national credit card. This is one recent example of what conservative delusions about freedom smell like – Florida Telling Hundreds Of Eligible Citizens That They Are Ineligible To Vote. Florida governor Rick Scott is a literal criminal who has never seen a day in jail.