There was something about the Nov. 23 cover of Newsweek with an attractive Sarah Palin in short shorts. Had anyone noticed that an American Flag was draped on a chair? Yes, it had been noticed, by a comment at TBogg. In fact, draping the American Flag over a chair is a violation of US CODE. Sarah Palin and perhaps Newsweek, was violating the Law.

MBouffant November 18th, 2009 at 1:24 am

Not to mention that the Holy Sacred Flag is not to be draped on anything. Or used as clothing.

Title 4 U. S. Code, Section 8:
(b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
(c) The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.

Of course, anyone can make a mistake. An apology and a promise to follow the protocols on US Flag Display might be sufficient to demonstrate respect. Abbie Hoffman and Kid Rock had worn "Flag shirts. Abbie Hoffman and Kid Rock were both criticized for this.

But Palin has been wrapping herself in the Flag, literally. This shows her patriotism because it indicates the Flag belongs to her and her neo-con antidemocratic policies. And it still is illegal. Andrew Sullivan posted a picture of her wrapping herself in the Flag. Note (d). And

(j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.


Palin’s 2009 Calendar
also violates the law. She is shown with a shotgun. Presumably she thinks that the Flag represents gun nuts. The logo, "2009, Sarah Palin" is attached to the flag image.

(g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.

The Newsweek Cover was from a the August Runners World and her breaking the law was noticed then.

Though adherance to the Flag Code is optional, some people take it pretty seriously, as the American Flag wall of shame demonstrates, and a lot of them are in what Palin would consider the "pro-America areas of this great nation." You shouldn’t drape it over a chair like a cover you bought at Bed Bath and Beyond.

Certainly, it is common for images of the Flag to be used for clothing, advertising, logos and all sorts of images. Most people do not regard this as disrespectful. But Palin, uses the image as self promotion. She has no concern for what it represents, a Constitution that protects and cherishes citizens and their freedoms. To her it is just a prop, just the same as her short shorts and Blackberry.

How patriotic is Sarah Palin? That depends if you are talking about the United States or Israel. Sarah was interviewed in the Governor’s office before she quit her elected job. No American Flag is displayed. But there is an Israeli Flag. Watch the You tube video at 2:40 near the window.