There, upon occasion, arises complaints about people violating the US Flag Code, which is a long existent law which governs in what manner the American flag my be displayed. This most often occurs when Democrats choose to debase Old Glory by modifying it to show their favored son’s image upon it.
The thing is though that Americans don’t understand that the US Flag Code also forbids using the American Flag as a garment.
Title 4, Chapter 1, § 8 – Respect for Flag
(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker’s desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.
And let’s be honest; does anyone really want to prevent this or even discourage it in any way shape or fashion?
A Crime Worthy Of Saluting?
Americans love the flag and they love wearing it, something that is expressly forbidden by the US Flag Code as much as any other violation of that statute is.
Since the Flag Code is, and has been for generations, more apparent through its lack of observance in many ways both disrespectful and delightful, I believe we need to rein in our outrage just a tad on the matter lest we fall victim to rank hypocrisy.
At a bare minimum, let’s not cite the Flag Code when we’re complaining about people desecrating the flag in various politically and ideologically motivated manners – unless we’re equally willing to forbid the American Flag Bikini and other sexy outfits featuring Old Glory.