Flag desecration?

Our local real estate agent is at it again, peppering the neighborhood with free advertising for her firm by planting flags in everyone’s lawn:

I suppose they’re kinda cute, in a blatant-self-huckstering-at-the-expense-of-the symbol-of-freedom way, but I do wonder if this sort of thing will be permitted if the new flag-protection amendment is passed. After all, here’s the relevant line of the Federal Flag Code [section 4(i)]:

The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.

In case you weren’t sure this particular instance was a violation, note the advertisement, clearly fastened to the staff from which this “flag” (if you can call a made-in-China piece of plastic a flag) is flown:

(Again, one year later, our agent has not yet discovered the miracle of permanent ink.)

Noting, with a bit of irony, that the proper method of disposal of said flag is “preferably by burning” [section 4(k)], I wonder what Chinese plastic looks like when it burns….

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4 Responses to Flag desecration?

  1. Anne says:

    I can just imagine how delighted she is with her own idea and her innocent outrage at the thought that her American pride and ingenuity counts as advertising. Sigh.

    I did give the Korean Vets $2 for a similar flag outside ShopRite last week, but that seems entirely different & the beloved toddler was delighted with it.

    (Blogging from Panera Bread in Utica, btw.)

  2. dave says:

    Ah, Panera, I know ye well! Home of the beloved turkey and gouda sandwich, which was my sustenance for all of a week while the beloved 11-year-old was in rock-climbing camp.

  3. dave says:

    I should add, Anne, that one thing the flag-desecration amendment would do for me is ensure that I would never, ever buy a flag. I’d be too worried about accidentally violating the constitution.

  4. Doug Hoffman says:

    Looking at that image, I thought of a huge Humvee roaring by, kicking mud all over those pretty plastic flags.

    Hucksterism may be too kind a word.

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