By Jacob Barnes
Elected on a campaign of ‘free market’ economics and ‘limited government’ catch phrases, Scott Walker has gone to truly remarkable extremes to prove his loyalty to Tea Party ideology. He showed his true colors by proudly sporting an American Flag shirt imported from China in this year’s Independence Day parade in Menomonee Falls.
Are his ‘reforms’ working for Wisconsin or are they just empty rhetoric? Last week a Wisconsin company that makes American flags filed for bankruptcy while Scott Walker, after promising to create 250,000 private sector jobs, paraded around in a Chinese-made ‘American’ Flag shirt. Instead of creating jobs here in Wisconsin, he outsourced his patriotism to the lowest bidder – a sweatshop. Another victory for the free market! Is this what he means by “it’s working in Wisconsin?”
After the recall, thebitteramericans.com said:
“Welcome to the free market government workers of Wisconsin! Maybe now you will eventually be driven to wade into the competitive workforce in the private sector where competing employers fight for the best workers by offering better benefits. This is a world of competition and reward instead of expectation and entitlement.”
Thus Scott Walker can be fashionably patriotic when it SUITS him, while undercutting wages, benefits and jobs in Wisconsin by importing the illusion of nationalism. I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt, thinking maybe it was an isolated incident. But sure enough, July 4th 2009, he was seen wearing an American Flag shirt at a parade in Menomonee Falls and two others in 2012. If he undercuts wages in Wisconsin enough, maybe we can have sweatshops here in Wisconsin. 250,000 jobs here we come!
After World War I, The American Legion developed a National Flag Code as a guide to the display and use of The American Flag. It was adopted as Federal Law during World War II. US Code Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8(d) Respect for The Flag states “The flag should never be used as wearing apparel.” It was pretty presumptuous of FDR to endorse liberal extremist policies like adopting veterans guidelines for regulating flag use! Instead of honoring our veterans by respecting the flag, Scott Walker chooses to show his disdain for government by honoring the Tea Party mantra of ‘limited government’.
How much longer will Wisconsin suffer from a false patriot’s Tea Party devotion?
Note: A call to theflagshirt.com confirmed that these shirts are made in China.