“Don’t let the flag touch the ground.”

Any former Boy Scouts in the audience will remember that as perhaps rule #1 about handling the American flag. It doesn’t touch the ground.

It would make sense that someone, then, would know that rule and how it should be applied to campaign rallies. You’d  think the raft of newly awakened hyper-patriots would be especially concerned about that. But, there is a video floating around of political newcomer and anointed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson at at tea party event in Janesville, Wisc., where the flag was most definitely touching the ground. See for yourself, at around 44 seconds:

As (the) one commenter noted,

What’s striking to me in this piece is the background–of the American flag casually and disresrectfully [sic.] propped against a tree, with its hem touching the ground. And don’t tell me Johnson is unconcerned with the background in photo or video opportunities. Remember how he ripped down his opponents’ campaign signs at the Republican convention?”

Keep it classy, folks!


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.