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Thread: Is Sarah Palin's use of the American flag a breach of federal law?

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    Re: Is Sarah Palin's use of the American flag a breach of federal law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    That's something we definitely agree on.
    That and how gravity works

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    Re: Is Sarah Palin's use of the American flag a breach of federal law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    my point is that anyone who thinks the pictures I posted show disrespect for the flag needs a psychiatric evaluation.
    I don't think anybody is arguing that disrespect was intended. But they are violations sufficient to cause dishonor to the flag in and of themselves, regardless of the intent of the person committing them. Ignorance of the law does not mean that it is not a violation.

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    Re: Is Sarah Palin's use of the American flag a breach of federal law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    the President can change it by proclamation as well.
    And the Supreme Court can find it unconstitutional. There are a number of ways to change it. Now get busy!

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    Re: Is Sarah Palin's use of the American flag a breach of federal law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    I don't think anybody is arguing that disrespect was intended...
    Of course not, on that we can agree.

    However, the very idea that carrying a flag horizontally during a parade, or painting a beautiful flag mural on the side of a building, is somehow disrespectful to the flag... is IMHO ridiculous.

    The only reason it is even considered to be so by some people (such as yourself), is because in some other persons humble opinion, it is somehow disrespectful. The only difference between that person and myself, is that THEY got to write the code, and I didn't.
    Last edited by Whovian; 06-03-11 at 11:21 AM.

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    Re: Is Sarah Palin's use of the American flag a breach of federal law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    What exactly is going on in this picture, anyway?

    There's at least one violation of flag code, the guy in the front wearing the flag as apparel.

    But unless the flag here is actually on display, it may not be a violation. Perhaps they are folding it?
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    Re: Is Sarah Palin's use of the American flag a breach of federal law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    What exactly is going on in this picture, anyway?

    There's at least one violation of flag code, the guy in the front wearing the flag as apparel.

    But unless the flag here is actually on display, it may not be a violation. Perhaps they are folding it?
    They walked down the street carrying it this way. It was Bush's inaugural parade.

    I've never seen anyone actually try to fold a flag that large, properly. I would imagine they stuff it into a hug bag or something... which would be somewhat disrespectful I suppose, but I'm not sure how else you'd store something so big.

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    Re: Is Sarah Palin's use of the American flag a breach of federal law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    They walked down the street carrying it this way. It was Bush's inaugural parade.

    I've never seen anyone actually try to fold a flag that large, properly. I would imagine they stuff it into a hug bag or something... which would be somewhat disrespectful I suppose, but I'm not sure how else you'd store something so big.
    I think you have much too little faith in how seriously our military professionals take flag etiquette.

    And it occurs to me, there are different regulations concerning military displays of the flag. Each branch has its own internal flag code. Perhaps they differ from the civilian rules in the flag code with respect to horizontal display?

    I'll have to research that.

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    Re: Is Sarah Palin's use of the American flag a breach of federal law?

    D'oh, never mind, I figured it out! Look carefully at the picture. The flag is not horizontal, it is, in fact, aloft. It's being held up by poles in the back.

    Not really free though. It's supposed to be aloft and free.
    Last edited by Guy Incognito; 06-03-11 at 11:40 AM.

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    Re: Is Sarah Palin's use of the American flag a breach of federal law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Incognito View Post
    D'oh, never mind, I figured it out! Look carefully at the picture. The flag is not horizontal, it is, in fact, aloft. It's being held up by poles in the back.

    Not really free though. It's supposed to be aloft and free.
    Aloft would mean the whole flag, not part of it. Good effort though.

    Let's not forget that to half the street viewers, the flag would appear upside down... again, against the letter of flag code.

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    Re: Is Sarah Palin's use of the American flag a breach of federal law?

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    Aloft would mean the whole flag, not part of it. Good effort though.
    I tried. It really pains me when the military commits a violation. Just goes to show that an act based on ignorance of proper flag etiquette can violate the letter of flag code and still be of patriotic and sincere intent.

    But once one is made aware of the violation, one must do everything to correct it, not stubbornly cling to the impermissible behavior.
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