Let's Stick This Pin on the Constitution

If it's that big a deal, then make patriotic lapel pin the 28th Amendment
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2008 3:13 PM CDT
Let's Stick This Pin on the Constitution
Questions to Democrat Barack Obama about the absence of a flag lapel pin irk CNN commentator Roland Martin.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

If flag pins are so very important, it ought to be illegal not to wear one, Roland Martin writes on CNN. The obvious root of all our nation’s problems stops with Amendment 28: Elected officials must wear flag lapel pins. Heck, why stop at pins? Shouldn’t the candidates be wearing red-white-and-blue socks, Uncle Sam hats and star-spangled underwear, too?

If it’s not that important, then don’t make a big deal of it, Martin reasons. Why discuss it instead of the serious issues we’re facing in this election? It’s not important, of course—it’s the crowning absurdity of a long-brewing thread of patriotic rhetoric. “We’re better than that. We’re smarter than that,” he writes. “It’s time that we make decisions based on substance.” (More flag stories.)

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