March 31, 2003
RED AMERICA: More Knoxville roadside signs supporting the troops, in terms that would probably induce apoplexy at the BBC. There’s lots of god-talk in these signs, with “God Bless Our Troops” and similar variations being quite common.
You see this stuff at a lot of businesses, mostly small businesses. The “United We Stand” flag decals (where do those come from, anyway?) are very common, too, as are flags on cars, both the decals and window-flags.
Back after 9/11 there was a lot of discussion in the blogosphere about where people were flying flags and where they allegedly weren’t. I haven’t seen a whole lot on that lately, but it seems to me that the flags mostly haven’t come down, and I”ll bet there are just as many in a lot of “blue” states. I suspect that this really bugs the Nicholas De Genovas of the world, but I have to say that doesn’t bother me much.