James Leroy Wilson's blog

Friday, July 10, 2009

Do you prefer your flags upside-down or black?

In a recent post, Tom Knapp quotes H.L. Mencken:

"Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats."

The very next story I read while browsing the web was that an Iraq War veteran is close to bankruptcy because the government wouldn't give his supper club a liquor license, and then four policemen came to steal his American flag on the Fourth of July, just because he was flying it upside-down.

I would say it's very tempting to hoist the black flag. I wouldn't say it's tempting to begin slitting throats (I'm not threatening anyone, okay?), but it's sure tempting to fantasize about it.

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