Dispatches from the Creation Wars

OMG! Obama is a Communist (again)!

Here’s the right wing’s latest idiotic freakout, this time over an absolutely normal diplomatic courtesy. There was a celebration last weekend of the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in a public park next to the White House and — gasp! — they flew the Chinese flag over the event. That has Chuck Baldwin, former presidential candidate of the badly misnamed Constitution Party, foaming at the mouth:

Lest anyone doubt the communist leanings of President Barack Obama, look no further than to his decision to hoist the Red Chinese flag (for the first time in history) over the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, September 20.

Utter nonsense. It is absolutely routine even in real White House events involving other nations to raise their flag alongside the American flag. But this wasn’t even an official White House event, it was an event for which they got a permit at a public area adjacent to the White House. Even the Worldnutdaily couldn’t bring themselves to repeat Baldwin’s claim, only saying the flag was flying at a “park near the White House.”

But then they go on to quote Baldwin’s expressions of outrage:

Trying to find words to describe the extreme offensiveness of flying the Communist Chinese flag over the White House challenges my vocabulary. Words such as UNBELIEVABLE, UNREAL, HORRIFIC, OBSCENE, even TRAITOROUS quickly come to mind. Maybe Obama really is the Manchurian Candidate.

Yadda, yadda, yadda. Yes, China is a terribly repressive country. But there is nothing even remotely unusual about allowing Chinese organizations to raise their flag over cultural events in this country.

Why is the mainstream press not all over this story? Where is the outrage by veterans’ organizations (especially Korean War veterans)? Where is the national VFW? Where is the American Legion?

Well Chuck, it appears that they are more sane than you are. The Worldnutdaily contacted the American Legion and got a perfectly reasonable answer:

A spokesman for the American Legion told WND that if the proper protocols are followed, there should be no issue with the actual display of a Chinese flag, especially since diplomatic visits routinely include the display of foreign flags.

One must wonder how ridiculous it must be to go through life being so symbol-(and simple-)minded.