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A good, conservative friend of mine (I won’t give you his name) sent me one of the biggest “groaner” emails of the season last month, concerning Obama, patriotism, flag lapel pins, the pledge of allegiance and our national anthem.

Have you seen it yet? The email suggests Obama was quoted as saying he won’t wear a flag pin as our flag “represents oppression,” and that our national anthem is too “war-like” and “bellicose.” Obama, it would appear from this email, suggested our anthem be changed to “I’d like to teach the world to sing.”

Oh, boy, I can see the Coke commercials now!

Originally posted on a conservative website as satire by one John Semmens, it took a lot of folks in, who replied in the vein of “f-ing commie,” “this is what Democrats have become,” “sickening,” and, “what a piece of *and$^ he is.”

That’s the problem with satire anymore, people aren’t educated enough to recognize it when they see it. Though I would have thought this one was pretty obvious. I mean, really - I want to teach the world to sing?!

So I’ll spell it out for you - this email is not true.

About those flag pins by the way (and the yellow ribbons people stick on their cars)... it doesn’t matter if you’re talking the talk if you’re not walking the walk. Patriotism - and supporting our troops - demands a lot more than just displaying a symbol. They both must be backed up with action, and forwarding emails doesn’t count.

A few words here about proper protocol for Americans, for those who missed an education on that, as well. Unless you’re in the military, you ‘salute’ the flag by placing your right hand over your heart, left hand down straight at the side. During the National Anthem, you sing along - it’s not supposed to be performed by one person and our military, by the way, - those who understand protocol - are offended by solo recitals.

That all goes out the window if you’re a Christian American, of course, as God was pretty clear in the Old Testament when he handed down those ten commandments. “You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God...”

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Landon Otis

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