On Memorial Day, let's get it straight who the true patriots are. ~
Leo Berg, Allegheny
who is listed as a sergeant with the Allegheny Township Police Dept. in
Blair County, PS, is probably not a bad cop. Most cops arenít.
I mean Berg and most
cops are not like a lot of the dick-head cops I feature on LogoPhere. As
far as Iím aware, Berg has not been implicated in or indicted for
beating a homeless man to death like "see-my-fists-theyíre-going-to-fuck-you-up"
Manuel Ramos in the Kelly
Thomas case in Fullerton, CA Ė an event recorded on
audio. And Berg probably didnít gun down an unarmed man in cold blood
the way procine public servant James
Moody gunned down Ernesto Duenez, as seen on video.
And Berg is probably not accused of sexually assaulting female motorists
and their passengers by sticking his hand down their pants and into their
privates like dildo-brain Texas trooper Kelley
Helleson, also on video.
No, the reason I bring Berg to your
attention this Memorial Day is because it seems to me that he epitomizes
the American fascist patriot Ė and I want to use his story to explain
this all too common phenomenon.
The story Iím seeing is that Berg became
"offended" (poor baby) because Joshua Brubaker hung an
American flag on the side of his house upside down and with
"AIM" spray painted on it. AIM stands for the American Indian
Movement, and Brubaker was showing solidarity with Oglala Sioux
opposed to the extortionate activities of one James Czywczynski,
who is threatening to auction off the Wounded Knee site if the
Sioux donít pay him $6 million for the land, which is valued at $8000, according
to tribal President Bryan Brewer. If anybodyís got
good reason to hang an American flag upside down itís AmerIndians and
someone showing solidarity with AmerIndians.
Scene of the
But back in Duncansville, PA, Josh
Brubaker, who lives across the street from the Allegheny Township PD, had
his flag hanging upside down for three weeks before Berg (poor baby),
without a search warrant, arrest warrant, or any other indication of due
process, apparently trespassed on Brubakerís property, tore the flag
down, and seized it as "evidence." I would call it
"larceny" Ė at least according to the story thatís coming
across the Internet, and itís supported by a local TV
interview with Berg himself. But my guess is that larceny
is the least of Bergís worries when Brubakerís lawyers start filing
federal law suits for violation of constitutional rights.
When Brubaker went across the street to
file a report on the stolen flag Ė you guessed it Ė Berg busted
Brubaker. We see this spoof all the time. Often when a cop breaks the law
and gets called out on it, he or she turns on the victim and tries to make
the victim out to be the perp. Itís exactly the same thing Joe Quiles,
the Milwaukee cop, did when he ran a stop sign and t-boned the car of a
young woman, breaking her neck in four places. The Milwaukee cops then
tried to make the young woman out to be the criminal, as I
reported in detail last week.
Of course, when the TV cameras came to the
Allegheny Township cop-shop to talk to Berg (who had his feelings hurt by
the upside down flag, poor baby) Berg, likely an ex-Boy Scout, made a big
deal of how offended he was by the whole thing and how he folded the
stolen flag properly because, after all, heís a patriot, eh? Hereís
where the American fascist patriot comes in.
A fascist patriot is someone who thinks
they have a personal right and obligation to tell other Americans how and
when and whether they should fly their flags. They think they have a right
to demand that other Americans recite the so-called "pledge of
allegiance" or stand at the national anthem. In other words, they
think they have an obligation to enforce their own patriotic rituals on
the rest of the country. Most of these fascist patriots are really just
nominal patriots Ė people who never loved their country enough to put a
uniform on and actually serve their country. But when the TV cameras are
rolling they want to come across as a real, true patriot, and Iím talkiní
about Leo Berg here, poor baby, who was offended . . . OFFENDED!!! I tell
you . . . by an upside down flag. But a true patriot does not go
around ripping down other people's flags for he understands enough about
American principles of free political speech to know that it is protected
in every form.
When I was still in college, I had a public
encounter with one of these fascist patriots. He was an older guy who
criticized me for not joining in the so-called "pledge of
allegiance." I was about 25 years old and the Vietnam War was still
hot. The country was almost as polarized as it is today, but not nearly as
messed up. This guy wasnít overly belligerent; he was just annoyed,
probably like Berg was over Brubakerís upside down flag. But I unloaded
on the old guy, sort of like Iím unloading on Berg. I told him I had
already done all the pledging I need to do when I joined the Marine Corps
on my 18th birthday, and that I made good on that pledge by
volunteering for Vietnam, literally fighting for my country, and by being
awarded a Purple Heart. I pointed out that if every adult American who
recited the so-called "pledge of allegiance" made good on their
pledge by enlisting in the military, there wouldnít be a need for the
draft and the Vietnam war would have been over months after it started.
Somewhere in there I dropped the "H"-bomb Ė hypocrites Ė
modified with the "F"-bomb in its adjective form, but Iím not
sure just where. He got the message. "Sorry," this arrogant
prick said, "you look like another hippie."
But the worst of these fascist patriots are
people who are promoting their faux-patriotism on a massive scale to make
tens of millions of dollars Ė Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Bill OíReilly,
Karl Rove, Neil Boortz, and many other right-wing mouthpieces of my
generation who were cowards when it came to Vietnam but who want to be
seen Ė and who are seen by nominal patriots Ė as True American
Patriots. They are, IMO, faux-patriot poltroons. Because these
freeloaders didnít serve their country themselves, they hide their own
cowardice by expressing a gooey, phony admiration of military service
members and veterans. Politicians and FOX news pundits have turned this
fulsome fawning into a fine art. Berg pulled the same fawning
bullshit by claiming that one of the reasons he pulled down Brubaker's
flag was because some woman member of the military told him the flag
offended her. As if by being a female or by being a member of the
military she had some special sensitivity or right. What horse
Of course the politicians are in a class
all their own when it comes to freeloading patriotism, what with their
ubiquitous American flag lapel pins and ubiquitous American flag backdrops
for their PR photos. IMO most of them should not even be in office because
anyone who has not served at least two years in the military should be
ineligible for any elected federal office, for any cabinet level
appointment, or for any federal judicial appointment, including the
Supreme Court. As one of millions who have risked everything for their
country, I find it particularly galling when politicians who never loved
their country enough to actually serve their country are elected Commander
in Chief Ė Reagan, Clinton, and Obama being notable examples of token
patriot presidents of our time.
In contrast to the fascist patriots and
token patriots, proven American patriots are those who have been in combat
or who have willingly placed themselves in a position to be ordered into
combat, if necessary, in behalf of their country. They are the Americans
who took an oath to protect and defend the American Constitution and who
made good on that oath by serving in the military, thereby putting their
lives in jeopardy in order to protect the ideals that once made America so
great Ė ideals that since 9/11 have been pretty much flushed down the
toilet by the US government on a large scale and by fascist patriots like
Leo Berg on a more personal scale. It is the proven patriot who has
sacrificed a part of his or her life to play some role in the over all
endeavor to protect America; whether for two years or for twenty, they
have put their butt on the line for their country.
Of course, many proven patriots are fascist
patriots, too. Some of those who return to America after combat duty think
they have earned a special license and are on a special mission to tell
other people how they must treat the American flag or how they must
otherwise express their political beliefs. A good example is shown in a
video of some idiot in Iowa who claimed to be an Iraq vet
and who thought he had a right to tell people demonstrating against
American torture tactics how they should display their own American flag.
The video shows numerous instances of this idiotís assault and battery
on these peaceful demonstrators who failed to meet his personal standards
of how free speech should be done. His license plate is Iowa 663 WRC.
If you happen to know him, tell him I think he should move someplace Ė
like back to Iraq Ė where governments outlaw expressions of political
opinion, just like this guy was trying to do. Or Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania turns out to be a lot like Iraq and Saudi Arabia and Iran
when it comes to free speech.
In America the legal principle is well
settled by multiple federal court decisions, including the Supreme Court:
If itís your freaking flag then itís your freaking property and you
can pretty much do what you want to with it. If you want to burn it in
protest, burn it. If you want to spray paint it, spray paint it. If you
want to hang it upside down, do it. And when some fascist patriot like Leo
Berg or the idiot in Iowa comes along and steals your property or assaults
you because they think they have a right to restrict your freedom of
speech, sue the fucking pants off of them. But do it in federal court
because some states, like Pennsylvania, still have clearly
unconstitutional laws on the books that criminalize free speech. Laws that
fascist patriots like Leo Berg must really get off on.
As a true American patriot, I'm standing
with you, Josh Brubaker. 100%.