For Scott Walker, Tea Party Ideology Trumps Patriotism

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.

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4 Comments on “For Scott Walker, Tea Party Ideology Trumps Patriotism”

  1. Seth July 8, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Not that I don’t believe Walker is a complete tool but what proof is there that Walker’s shirt was foreign made?

  2. David Kleemann July 9, 2012 at 4:03 am #

    He’s not wearing the U.S. Flag, he is wearing a shirt depicting the likeness of the flag. The only provision that comes close to it is that it is wrong to print the likeness of the flag on anything of temporary use that is to be discarded, such as napkins. There also is another provision that comes close, but it once again covers the flag itself or a potion of it used as a costume or as clothing, not the likeness of the flag. As far as clothing is concerned, a great many veterans wear the likeness of the flag on their clothing, are they wrong? How dare someone show their patriotism on the forth of July, that is completely unAmerican.

    Now, if you want to talk about flag etiquette, why have liberals for the most part blocked conservative led efforts to make burning the American flag illegal? To me that would seem like a bigger issue than a person wearing the likeness of our flag on the fourth of July…

    Don’t even get me started on the liberal Supreme Court Justices saying that the Stolen Valor Act is unconstitutional, being that it is once again okay for people to lie about military service…

    But, if the worst you can manage to say about Scott Walker is that he was caught in public on our nations birthday wearing a pattriotic shirt, well, then you must be desperate.

    However, I remain unapologetically American… Every… Day…

  3. David Kleemann July 9, 2012 at 9:55 pm #

    Don’t like viewpoints that differ from your own and that also cite corrections to your blog, huh…

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