Written on Saturday, June 4, 2011 by Ann-Marie Murrell
Editor’s Note: Due to an oversight by the editor, only a portion of this column was previously published. We are re-publishing the column in its entirety below:
I recently went out on a limb and wrote several articles about Israel and how I disagreed with Obama’s pro-Palestine stance. I declared that I was standing by my friend, Israel.
Well right now, I’m saying the same thing about a woman who has never been anything but a friend and ally to the United States—Sarah Palin.
Seriously, when you see or hear about someone getting beat up on a daily basis and you don’t do anything about it, what does that make you? That’s the question I recently asked myself after seeing countless MSM commentators bashing Sarah Palin’s bus tour.
For one thing, how in the world can anything as innocuous as touring the U.S. by bus make so many liberals this furious? Or more importantly, what are they afraid of?
My personal belief is that every time Sarah Palin speaks to large groups of people they fall in love with her. She knows how to reach people’s heart and souls regarding America; she never denigrates our country, but instead talks about how much she loves it and how we can get back on the Right track. I believe the Left fears this type of honest, realistic talk so they feel the need to do anything they can to combat it—by attacking Sarah Palin every chance they get.
But this time, they really are reaching.
Recently MSNBC’s Martin Bashir (yep, the same Michael Jackson guy) made the claim that the American flag painted on the side of Palin’s bus was potentially criminal.
“In fact, the whole thing could be in breach of a federal law because the United States Flag Code establishes important rules for the use and display of the stars and stripes, the flag of the United States,” Bashir said, patriotically.
I think Bashir’s problems may be due to that terrible Liberal disease called “Selective Memory”…
‘Rules for use and display’? Really, Mr. Bashir? Have you forgotten the 8 years during Bush’s presidency when the real (as in ‘not painted’) American flag was being desecrated every way imaginable by former anti-war protesters? (I write ‘used to be anti-war protesters’ because those people no longer seem to mind the fact that we’re involved in three wars now…but I digress…)
Fortunately for flag burners, the Supreme Court ruled in 1989 that doing so is protected by the First Amendment.
But to give Mr. Bashir the benefit of the doubt, maybe he really does love the American flag and simply wants to protect her.
If that’s the case, Martin (in case you’re reading this)–if you really are concerned about people desecrating the American flag, I have much more interesting news items you could spend your hours talking about on MSNBC instead of Sarah Palin.
How about you focus on whether or not it’s a federal offense to be photographed standing on top of a real American flag?
Obama’s good buddy (and known-terrorist) Bill Ayers did just that— featured proudly in Chicagomag.com. Now THAT should be a story for you, right Martin? But I certainly didn’t hear you jumping up and down about Professor Ayers…
Unlike Sarah Palin, who loves and cherishes America and displays the American flag on her bus as a tribute to her greatness, Bill Ayers is standing on top of the flag to show how much he detests not only the flag but America itself.
Or Martin, how about you do one of your hard-hitting American flag investigative pieces on ultra-liberal Janeane Garofalo? Read what she has to say about her intense hatred for the American flag:
“Our country is founded on a sham: our forefathers were slave-owning rich white guys who wanted it their way. So when I see the American flag, I go, ‘Oh my God, you’re insulting me.’ That you can have a gay parade on Christopher Street in New York, with naked men and women on a float cheering, ‘We’re here, we’re queer!’ — that’s what makes my heart swell. Not the flag, but a gay naked man or woman burning the flag. I get choked up with pride.”
Also, in addition to checking on the use of American flags by Professor Ayers and Garofalo, how about also looking into the desecrators of the following two American flags? The first is from a huge protest in Oregon, the other from a Code Pink rally.
I’m pretty positive a flag that’s covered in mud, displayed upside down and spray-painted to say “Abolish Imperialism” is a direct violation of the United States Flag Code (which Bashir is suddenly so concerned about). Same with the hippie-dippie version of our flag by the smiling Code Pinko woman, with her stupid peace sign sewn over the top of the stars…
I personally believe that any of these causes are much more newsworthy for you, Mr. Bashir. Go after the people who truly have evil motives toward our American flag and we, the American people, will happily support you in your journalistic endeavors.
People on the left and the right have bashed Sarah Palin long enough. They’ve tried to paint her as unintelligent (she is not), hokey (okay, she’s a little hokey but in a good way) and mostly they’ve tried to make her GO AWAY. I think the fact that she won’t comply with their rules is precisely the reason they’re at their boiling point right now.
No matter what anyone thinks of her, the last thing anyone should ever be allowed to say about Sarah Palin is that she is anti-American–and that the flag painted on her bus is in any way disrespectful. I have never stood up for Sarah before but from now on, whenever I hear anything negative mentioned about her, I won’t be silent about it ever again. She’s been beaten up long enough for no good reasons other than being a threat to other politicians and the Main Stream Media.
So I say, ‘Go, Sarah, Go!’ I support you in whatever the heck you’re doing right now; have fun on your tour, keep inspiring Americans and God bless you and keep you safe in all you do!