Obama American Flag Angers Veterans

    March 14, 2012
    Richard Stalker
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We get flag stories a lot. From people getting evicted for displaying a flag in their apartment window in Oregon, to veterans forcibly taking down a Mexican flag flying higher than an American flag in Nevada. Now tempers are flaring in Florida over a version of the American flag flying in Lake County. A veterans group says the flag is an outrage. The flag, which features a picture of President Obama, was taken down Tuesday afternoon.

Korean war veteran Don Van Beck said his blood was boiling. “I can’t describe how upset was because you just don’t do that to the American flag,” Van Beck said. Van Beck found it flying outside Lake County Democratic headquarters under the stars and stripes. Marine Corps vet John Masterjohn was seeing red. “Joseph Stalin, pictures of Mao, pictures of Adolph Hitler. The pomp, the ceremony — the flags like that,” Masterjohn said.

As we all know, and as has been upheld in the Supreme Court, Americans cannot be punished for burning or desecrating that flag. It is protected under the first amendment’s freedom of speech clause.

Half a dozen veterans went to the door and asked Democratic Party chairwoman Nancy Hulbert to take it down. “No. This is private property. This is private property. You’re not allowed to touch anything. I’ll call the police,” Hulbert said.

“If you’ve been a veteran and fought — and some died for this flag — you don’t want to see it desecrated. That’s how simple it is,” Van Beck said. “I’m sorry it had to come to this but you do not desecrate the American flag,”

After a while Hulbert came out and with the help of the veterans, cut down the flag. “I just went online and looked up the flag code. There is no higher-up in Lake County. I’m responsible. I take responsibility.” They offered her a POW/MIA flag to replace it but she declined.


  • Lori Black

    This is America!! We are not a dictating country and never will. Whoever did this needs to be held accountable for their actions this is illegal!! I don’t know any other president that did this. This president needs to be impeached!!!

    • C A

      Lori, you realize the president didn’t do this right? Impeachment of someone not involved is a little extreme…

      • chris Monroe

        It does not matter that the SOB did it or not, he still needs to be impeached. Should have happened after his first world trip. No other president has EVER bowed or apologized to any countries leader. Nobama should have been placed in hand cuffs after he stepped off the plane.

        • Elizabeth Warren

          You’re an idiot.

          • Amber

            Lol…hers a smart one!

    • Joel Kelly


    • http://Yaho Kathy

      Way to go , love to see him impeached

    • http://saveherfreedomrings@groups.facebook,com Susan

      This was done by people who work for him in his campain looking for Voters….. In Order to stop it everyone needs to see it… so if you are a good up standing American, post it everywhere you know and let others see it….. I don’t know if our leader even knows that this stupit flag was flying for others to see, It is hard for me to even think that another person would fall so low to put this flag on anything, let alone in front of there home……. We are a beautiful nation that is really twisted…… Wake up people they are out there to take over are Country….. Help me!!!! come join my site….. let’s get others in on it…. Before we have no more America left to fight for…… I am so glad that some one had the balls to take it off of that pole… he is a true American Heror….. Our Constitution made laws that makes this illegal…. But we know in our hearts that if Obama is behind it he will not win….. We can make sure to Vote Rep. and not for him……. This is are only way to get him out of our white house is to be strong in vote for A Rep… support the Repubican Party, Nov 2012 is the year of a new President one who will be for the people….. But if the people don’t wake up and see the light we as Americans are all doomed for A world of danger and haertbrake…. Hasn’t this gone to far already? It has to stop!!!!!!

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  • Jason

    For one Barack wasn’t the one who told them to do this.

    Secondly it’s always fun to hear being screaming “America” yet know nothing of its founding, founders, or populance. Or the people around them.

    Many of us can’t stand the people around us and act terribly to them, or the city, state, whatever by us. Yet in a second we’ll become patriotic(i.e. nationalist).

    So we love our country, or at least the grass around us yet don’t seem to “love” everyone.

    Not to mention how horribly wrong peoples knowledge are of the systems around here.

    Putting a face on a flag is an atrocity?

    That our founders didn’t elect to use pure democracy as our government system instead of a Limited-Constitutional Republic because they thought the populance was too dumb and easily influenced is the real atrocity.

    Not to mention all the European descendants here who think they’ve always been here, or don’t know how influential Italians, Greeks, and the Middle Easterns and Africans were for pulling them out of their tribal roots.

    • Daniel

      Preach on brutha! I wish I could slap this in ignorant people’s faces…

    • http://saveherfreedomrings@groups.facebook,com Susan

      Are you sure he didn’t know? The man has showen that he is not working for the people of America…. He is working for his own self….. right now he is more interested in the votes…. which we can give to some one other then him…. our gas and food is getting so hit no one is going to be able to work, or eat……. He has made a mess by blaming every one but him…. He has no way to or does he want to get us out of this mess, That he can’t in never will take the blame…… But he is the Blame …. Maybe he didn’t know, but if that is so, why hasn’t he said so and put the people who hung the flag in front of us all to appl. for it…. He won’t he won’t just like all ways he sticks with the badpeople in are world….. Wakeup in see the damage that 4 years has rained on us all….. Vote in Nov 2012 for a new leader…. We sure do need one Now, this makes me so sick to see that this like Russia, China, and all the middle east is coming here to our Country… all the wars were for no reason if we the people do not stop him from doing any more to America….. please help me stop it….. Obama has to go!!!! kick him out…… with your vote!!!!!!!

  • General Electric’s BIG DOG

    Jason, I have no idea what the point is you are trying to make but I’m led to believe that you have no problem with Obama’s face being on the flag. It is disrespectful to manipulate the American flag in any way or by putting with anyone’s face on it (not just Obama’s). However, I’m guessing that if former president Bush had a flag with his face on it, you would have been screaming that this is an atrocity. Stop being a whining liberal like the rest of the Democrats.

    • PatG

      Big Dog, I don’t give a rat’s A## whose picture is on the American Flag. It is totally degrading to put anyones image on it. History of the Stars and Bars is quite humbling and to disgrace it is unforgivable. The stars stand for the states in the union. The blue background is not a backstop for commerial use for an idiot. If it had been Bush, Regan, JFK, I would have been outraged. Problem is, if it had been one of them they would have been outraged ALSO!!!!

  • Ivàn Juàrez Popoca

    Jason`s comments are very honest and smart. I agree, definetely.

  • http://www.webpronews.com/author/richard-stalker Richard Stalker

    @Jason, the problem people have with it, is when you put someones face on a flag, that person becomes greater than the flag he/she is on.

  • Joel Kelly

    It’s called free speech. Look it up people. Geez.

    • PatG

      No, it is called ignorance pure and simple. It is people’s ignorance that make them believe it is ok. If you want to do that go overseas and do it to another countries flag. No trial, just execution!

  • Catt

    This is what they do in third world countries, not the USA. Disgraceful!!

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  • Sam

    With Obamas pitcure on the flag,,it can no longer be called the stars & strips. What will we now call the Stars & Strips magazine? Can we no longer call it Old Glory either? I’d rather see a watermelon on there than his face!!

  • H. B. Creech

    I am blown away that some folks idolize this president!! What world are you living in?
    The only promise he has kept is trying to change the greatest nation the world has ever known into something like Europe which if you watch the news at all, you must acknowledge is fast descending into hell and bankruptcy…
    Every thing I need for my family costs much more since Obama got in!!!
    Are you paying less for food?
    Are your taxes less?
    Do you have more freedom?
    Is there less government in your life?
    What do you think will happen when the people who work get tired. Of supporting those who do not because the
    Government gives them other people’s money ?
    Seen any riots lately?
    I grew up loving an America where I could do what ever my talent and hard work would allow.
    I do not like government changing our world, or deleating my or your freedoms …
    God bless.

    • http://saveherfreedomrings@groups.facebook,com Susan

      I have seen a lot of things go down in Our Country, But this is a First, And even if he didn’t know he should come out and do something to stop it…. The soon the better!!!! He needs to show us that he is our Leader in will not stand for this kind of stuff….. He has on his own turned our country upsidedown with no stop to help her….. We have to remove him, before there is more damage done, he blames every one but his self…. 4 years but the blame on him now…. how crazy do we all have to be to see that he isn’t working for us, the whole shot in match must now get out …. Our Government dosen’t work for the people they laugh at us and take our money our home our food and now our Flag…. make me cry to see this happening to my Country…. her is bleeding and I don’t even know at this point if she can be fix…… But I will not Vote for Obama a second time or ever…….

      • Mark

        even if he didnt know, he should have done something??? seriously? that honestly makes sense to you?

        I also weep for America. Not because of any flag, but because this kind of ignorance and stupidity still exists in our society…

  • http://Yaho Kathy

    I think he is trying to turn our country into ungodly country. Wake up people, our
    Country was founded on God.

  • PatG

    Burn my flag, urinate on my flag but don’t you ever berate my flag with this kind of trash on it. Our flag is precious and should never be degraded but this is totally totally gone to far putting this A## on it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Skip

    Free speech? Like hell! There is such a thing as discretion. This just goes to show you what Obama thinks of himself. He’s above you, me, and the United States. He’s just better then everybody else. In truth, he’s simply a disgraceful excuse for a president, an American, and a man.

    • Mark

      You’re sad. First off Obama had nothing to do with the flying of a flag on private property. He most likely didn’t even know it existed. Oh and hes above you, me, and america? is that why they were flying it BELOW the american flag? This evil creature you’ve made Obama out to be exists only in your own mind. Wear tin-foil hats much?

  • GJ

    Yeah, Obama directed that a flag with his face be commissioned, and he DEMANDED that it only fly in Lake County. Fortunately, America gives people the freedom to be morons.

  • robert c grunau

    to me this is the biggest disrespect for our flag and country

    • Kjen

      I think all these hand wringing, self righteous, so-called patriots should look up the picture of George W Bush putting his signature on the flag. That is a clear example of a president desecrating a flag, unlike Obama who probably didn’t even know this existed. I think everyone just needs to take a chill pill and actually read a little US history from time to time. Some of you may come to realize that our country has something called the US Constitution, and it protects the peoples right of free speech. Get over yourselves!

  • Mark

    1. You cant impeach a president just because you don’t like him.

    2. those veterans didnt fight and die for any *flag*

    3. they’re a member of the same bunch of hillbillies that wont let go of the confederate battle flag, regardless of what it represents in american history, on the basis of “heritage.”