Because of lil' things such as this.
(CNN) – An astute reporter for CNN affiliate KCRG-TV noticed there was something missing from Sen. Barack Obama’s wardrobe. He wasn’t wearing the common American flag lapel pin, a fashion fixture in post-9/11 politics used to display patriotism following the attacks.
"I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest,” the Democratic presidential candidate told the reporter Tuesday in Iowa City, Iowa. “Instead, I'm going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great. Hopefully that will be a testimony to my patriotism."
Obama touched upon the exchange again Wednesday at a speech in Independence, Iowa.
"I haven't worn that pin in probably a very long time. I wore it right after 9/11. But after a while, you start noticing people wearing the lapel pin but not acting very patriotic,” he said. “My attitude is that I'm less concerned with what you're wearing on you lapel than what's in your heart. You show your patriotism by how you treat your fellow Americans, especially those ones who serve."
Sure, in the grand scheme of things, it's petty and pointless. But I also think it speaks volumes of the way politicans just do and say things without questioning the reasoning behind it. Same goes for all those fuckers with the magnetic ribbons on their cars. You know, the ones that have "SUPPORT THE TROOPS" right next to "GO CHIEFS!" We often put too much comfort in just displaying our actions instead of trying to live by them.
My absolute favorite are the bumper stickers that (I believe are from the Promise Keepers) read: "I LOVE MY WIFE!" Well, shit. I don't have that sticker on my car...I guess I must hate mine?! Do they have children? Well, I don't clearly see anything that states they LOVE them, so I guess they don't...