Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Crazy Cap'n Al Melvin is questioning your patriotism again. Political notebook: Melvin dismayed Dems aren't the flag-flying type:
How can you tell if a Republican moves into your neighborhood?
A flag on the pole and an empty chair in the drive are two dead giveaways.
Or so says "Captain" Al Melvin, the Republican state senator from SaddleBrooke.
It's sad but true, the captain says. Democrats just don't fly they flag.
"When I go door to door, and the other candidates do, when we see a house with an American flag we know it's a conservative home," he told a Sept. 22 Tucson Tea Party rally.
"I can count on one hand the number of Democratic homes with American flags I've seen," he continued. "It's a sad, sad commentary, but it's a fact."
And while he was on a roll, he urged all true patriots to stick an empty chair in their driveway, à la that Clint Eastwood shtick during the Tampa convention.
"I do it. My neighbors do it," he proclaimed. And sure enough, he does. We checked.
"It will send a massive message to everybody who sees it," he said.
Crazy Cap'n Al stopped short of sending a message with this bit of "patriotism," Obama chair lynchings in Texas and Virginia - Salon.com:
Two people may have single-handedly set back civil liberties by nearly 100 years by hanging Obama effigies in their yards. The chairs, on display at two Centreville, Va., and Austin, Texas, homes, are a reference to Clint Eastwood’s chair speech, and conjure memories of mob lynchings once common in the South. Technically, it’s a free country, and it’s their right, but the symbolism behind the actions of just a few is disturbing for the rest of America.
C'mon Cap'n Al. you know this is what you really meant. It is racist dog whistle.
As for Crazy Cap'n Al waving a flag in your face and daring to question your patriotism, it is nothing more than McCarthyism.
Let me tell you something Cap'n Al. I am a Democrat and I fly the flag on every federal holiday. And I maintain the flag on my father's gravesite in the veteran's section of the cemetery. Your racist dog whistle of an empty chair in your driveway is not patriotic, nor is your McCarthyism daring to question the patriotism of your fellow American citizens. As Clint Eastwood suggested in his deranged shtick, "go f--k yourself," Cap'n Al.