The Highest Form of Patriotism

The Lake County Democratic Party headquarters took down a controversial flag after several veterans complained it was a "desecration".

A short confrontation at the Democratic office ended when party chairwoman Nancy Hurlbert took down the controversial flag, which had been flying under an American flag on the same flagpole.

"It's a cult of personality to show his face, like Stalin or Mao," said John Masterjohn, a former Marine and retired schoolteacher from Leesburg. "It's despicable. They don't realize how sick they are."

But Hurlbert asked, 'why now'?

Hurlbert said it was the first time that anyone had complained about the flag, which was given as a gift and had been flying for several months without any response from the public.

"I was surprised," she said after taking down the flag. "No one had called us. We have a phone."

The glorification of political personalities has reached the point where a petition is online to name the next aircraft carrier after the historical Enterprise. Most recent aircraft carriers have been named after politicians. The National Review writes:

after this year the U.S. Navy will no longer have an Enterprise, which is why there’s a petition to name the next planned carrier, CVN-80, the USS Enterprise. Sign it, because we’ve gotten into the habit of naming our greatest warships after politicians, and not even dead ones — one of the newest carriers is the USS George H. W. Bush. Look, I voted for the guy, and he was a whole lot better than the current occupant, but nothing named by the U.S. government — not a building, not a scholarship program, certainly not one of the greatest warships built by mankind — should be named after a living person. Except for posthumous Medal of Honor recipients, it seems to me you should be dead for 50 years, preferably 100, before your name is even eligible to be considered for a naval ship.

The current fleet includes the USS John Murtha, the USS Jimmy Carter and the USS Cesar Chavez. One wag asked, why not launch the USS Saul Alinsky next? Well why not?


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