Sarah Palin’s Bus Tour Breaking Federal Law for Desecrating US Flag?
MSNBC host Martin Bashir makes a pretty compelling case.
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By her own admission, Sarah Palin’s bus tour is not a campaign tour. It’s also not a book tour. It’s… what the hell is it?
As Martin Bashir pointed out, the best answer you’ll get is a predictably nonsensical one from Palin herself, which she articulated on Fox News: “This is not a campaign bus. This is a bus to express to America how much we appreciate our foundation and to invite more people to be interested about all that is good about America.”
Palin is not promoting a book, a candidacy, or anything but herself. And as Bashir points out, she gets paid heartily by Fox based on the magnitude of her recognition. Palin co-opts the notion and indeed the flag of America to further her own career. “She drapes herself in the stars and stripes, and makes millions of dollars in the process,” as he puts it.
This may violate a federal law known as the Flag Code. “The Flag Code establishes important rules for the use and display of the stars and stripes—the flag of the United States. Under standards of respect and etiquette, it’s made clear that the flag should never be used for any advertising purpose whatsoever. And that is exactly what Sarah Palin is doing.”
Of course, the same could be said for Donald Trump, who bowed out of the candidacy he was flirting with conveniently at the NBC upfronts, where the heightened profile he’d amassed masquerading as a potential presidential candidate no doubt lined his pockets with a few extra layers of green.
And as of last night, it appears these two are fast becoming partners in charlatanism, combining their antics for an effective photo op. Unfortunately, there are no penalties for violating the Flag Code. It’s more just a base line code for decency and respect. How ironic that these two, who earn a living projecting themselves as pinnacles of patriotism, can’t even rise to meet this basic benchmark.
Watch Bashir’s segment below:
[via Raw Story]