District 3 House candidate and Blogger David Newquist gives a lesson: What to say in SD when you don't want to be elected.
Northern Valley Beacon blog author Dave Newquist is no stranger to saying controversial things on his blog. But as SDP points out, this comment from him on CCK's blog is particularly worthy of notice since he's a candidate for the legislature:
David Newquist, Democratic candidate for the state legislature, questions whether the American flag is even worth saluting anymore:
A flag is a symbol. It symbolizes our history, our aspirations, our values. Of course it is upsetting to see someone desecrate our national symbol. But the Bush administration would like to get the nation in a raging furor, while it quietly erodes, undermines, and desecrates our Constitutional rights and protections.
When the New York Times published a story on tapping into international financial transactions, the Bushites railed that the newspaper was endangering the nation and that the 3,000 people killed during 9/11 were being violated. Of course, they never mention the 2,500 of our finest troops sent to slaughter in a war that the Bush administration cannot find a reason for.
In totalitarian societies, it is a practice to criminalize those who protest by committing acts against cherished symbols. The state rages against the desecraters, while it desecrates the values of freedom, equality, justice.
And if the flag in fact represents what this nation has become under George W. Bush, well do you really want to salute it?
For someone who is quite educated, I'd argue that Dave says a lot of things that leaves many people scratching their heads, and asking themselves "He's really running for office in South Dakota?"
Is the flag worth saluting? Absolutely. You never saw a single Republican asking that question when Clinton was in office enjoying pleasures of the flesh. Because it's a symbol of our entire nation, not just one man. Whether you agree with the president or not, respect the flag, the country, and the citizens who fought for it so we could live in freedom.
As we approach our nations' Independence day I hope you all can not only salute it once but twice. Once out of personal respect, and another time to make up for Dave's inability to do it.