Funny, I can always tell the politics of a Twitter user even before I look at his or her feed. If there is an American flag icon next to the user name, that person is invariably a trump supporter.
No inference should be made from this about the patriotism of the trump opposition folks (like me). It’s just that trumpies use the flag—and their implied patriotism—like a cudgel. Make America great again, they say. That well-known photograph of trump hugging a flag on a stage somewhere makes me throw up in my mouth.
Early in 2017 I read an article about how to stand in opposition to trump’s base and to, perhaps, make them see why we opposed trump, even, perhaps, to change their minds about those of us they literally see as the enemy. It said we should not shy away from embracing patriotic symbols like the flag. Because one thing trump supporters think of progressives is that we are not American enough.
(Having traveled in countries outside this one, I can assure them: we are. Europeans, for example, can spot us coming, regardless of our politics. I don’t necessarily mean this is a good thing.)
I’ve said time and again I was raised by the Original American Patriot. My daddy could get choked up singing the national anthem. But we didn’t fly a flag outside the house, day and night, rain or shine, the way magas often do these days. We flew a flag on Flag Day and Independence Day; at sunset we took it down and folded it back up.
(We did, however, note Memorial Day. I was born on Memorial Day. That is, May 30th. Back then, Memorial Day was always May 30th. From 1868 to 1970, Memorial Day was May 30th. It was great: No school on my birthday! Pool’s open on my birthday! Then they instituted the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. Bah, humbug.)
So the magas wrap themselves in the flag and call themselves patriots. But we’re four years into this shit show and I am here to tell you, the most patriotic Americans are the ones who oppose trump. I want America back.
* Or should I say a paytriot—since the GOP has spent four years lining trump’s pockets.