Jennifer E. Thomas (j3nny3lf) wrote,
Jennifer E. Thomas
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Decal patriotism

I'm listening to an oldie but a goodie, John Prine's Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore.

The lyrics are worthy of a read:



While digesting Reader's Digest
In the back of the dirty book store,
A plastic flag with gum on the back
Fell out on the floor.
Well, I picked it up and I went outside
And stuck it on my window shield,
And if I could find ol' Betsy Ross,
I'd tell her how good I feel!

Chorus:
But your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more.
They're already overcrowded
From your dirty little war.
Now Jesus don't like killin'
No matter what the reason's for,
And your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more.

Well, I went to the bank this morning
And the cashier he said to me,
"If you join the Christmas club,
We'll give you ten of them flags for free."
Well, I didn't mess around a bit
I took him up on what he said.
And I stuck them stickers all over my car
And one on my wife's forehead.

Repeat Chorus:

Well, I got my window shield so filled
With flags I couldn't see.
So, I ran the car upside a curb
And right into a tree.
By the time they got a doctor down
I was already dead.
And I'll never understand why the man
Standing in the Pearly Gates said...

"But your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more.
We're already overcrowded
From your dirty little war.
Now Jesus don't like killin'
No matter what the reason's for,
And your flag decal won't get you
Into Heaven any more."


I am listening to this song, and I am reminded of all those damn yellow ribbon magnetics all over cars here in Texas and across the country. Some with slogans such as "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS". And I wonder two things.

First, how come I have yet to see a yellow ribbon sticker that says "BRING THEM HOME NOW!"? A yellow ribbon is supposed to be a sign that you're eagerly awaiting somebody's return. Anybody remember that cheesy fucking song by Tony Orlando back in the 70s? That's where the yellow ribbon tradition got its start. And it's been used countless times over the years since, to show that you're hoping somebody will come HOME. An imprisoned husband. An abducted child. And yes, a deployed soldier. But the yellow ribbon is NOT about "Hey, tell them what a great job they're doing!" - it's about "Come home. We want you home. You should be home."

Second: What precisely do these decal sticking people think they're accomplishing, other than to say "OH HEY! I'M A GOOD AMERICAN, YES YES YES I AM!". It takes a lot more than a damn sticker to show support for folks. And the only support those poor fuckers over in Iraq and Afghanistan need is the support of a comfortable flight HOME.

And God, and Barack Obama and congress willing, that's exactly where those soldiers will be in not too long.

Vote Obama. Vote for peace.
Tags: politics, vote 2008, war
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