#rsrh The Atlantic on Occupiers’ patriotism problem – and their own?

(Via InstapunditThe article itself is patent nonsense, mind you – the author seems to think that there’s something unusual about conservatives supporting civil rights, probably because he’s an academic and they can get some weird thoughts in their heads, sometimes – and not nearly as interesting as the real question: did the Atlantic mean for the picture associated with it to be ironic, or not?

Seriously, look at the flag: it’s one of those offensive sneers at the supposed corporate control over America that the Activist Left absolutely loves to indulge in.  If the Atlantic noticed that about the picture and used it for that reason, then it’s a brilliant, subtle reinforcement of the story (possibly too subtle; nobody in the article’s comment section has noticed it, as of 5:35 EST).  If the Atlantic didn’t notice it, then, well, it tells you everything that you need to know about the Left’s intrinsic inability to give the right answer on American patriotism even when they know the right answer on American patriotism.


  • AZR says:

    From the article: “OWS should look to the Arab Spring for inspiration. Protest movements in the Middle East are extremely patriotic and flag-waving.”

    So the rapes were a feature, not a glitch, then?

  • Rob Crawford says:

    I cannot comprehend the comparison to the “Arab Spring”. Has anyone set themselves on fire in despair over their college loans? No. Have any of them taped baked goods to their heads? No. Have any of them been beaten by men on camels? No.
    Other than the rapes, stabbings, shootings, and hatred for the United States and Jews, OWS has been NOTHING like the “Arab Spring”.

  • Murgatroyd says:

    The “Occupy movement” doesn’t have an image problem, it has a content problem — it isn’t that the public doesn’t like the advertising for the product, it’s that they don’t like the product itself. True, the fact that the product is being pitched by smug, obnoxious losers doesn’t help, but having the smug, obnoxious losers wave a few American flags won’t fix that, either. Dominic Tierney’s proposed solution reminds me of the old adage: “The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made!”

  • BigGator5 says:

    @Rob Crawford: Has anyone set themselves on fire in despair over their college loans?
    Yet. *looks at his way-past-due college loan*

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