The Democrat headquarters in Lake County, Florida felt they were being quite patriotic by flying two American flags. One of the flags was a normal US flag. The second flag depicted a facial portrait of President Barack Obama's face in the blue field instead of the fifty stars that should be there.
Local veterans saw the illegal flag flying over the Democrat headquarters building and were quite upset. One Korean War vet, Don Van Beck said the sight of the Obama flag made his blood boil. Van Beck just happens to be the executive director of the Veterans Memorial at Fountain Park. His righteous indignation spurred him to take a photo of the flag and pass out copies of the photo to other veterans and organize a protest. He told a local reporter,
“I can’t describe how upset I was, because you just don’t do that to the American flag.”
The group of veterans assembled at the Democratic Party office and told the Party chairwoman Nancy Hulbert she was flying an illegal flag that violated the federal flag code. They asked her to take down the flag and offered her a POW/MIA flag to fly in its place. Hulbert refused and told the veterans that the office was private property and warned them that they were not allowed to touch anything.
A short time later, she took the offensive and illegal flag down. Hulbert told a local reporter,
"We’re proud of our president and we didn’t realize it was in violation. I am the chair and I take responsibility for this."
Van Beck told another reporter that it had nothing to do with politics and that he would have reacted and responded the same had the flag born an image of Mitt Romney and added,
"I’m sorry it had to come to this, but you do not desecrate the American flag."
It doesn’t surprise me to see people today that have no knowledge of the federal flag code. It was taught in schools back when I was a kid and we learned all about the American flag, how and when to fly it at full and half-staff, how to fold it and even how to properly dispose of a damaged flag. These days, I don’t know of any public school that teaches flag etiquette, which most likely Nancy Hulbert was a product of the public school system, and was totally ignorant of the federal flag code.
Then again she may have been fully aware of the flag code, believed no one else would know any better and flew the Barack Obama flag anyway. She wouldn’t be the first Democrat to ignore federal law and do what they wanted, especially in the name of Barack Obama. Either way, I’m pleased that Van Beck took noticed and knew what was right and what was wrong and took action to correct the situation.
But what I find more troublesome is that someone actually printed the flag with Obama's face on it. If Hulbert had one, others are bound to have one also. How many other offensive Obama flags are flying illegally over American homes and businesses? I hope and pray that if any of you see any of these flags or any other illegal flags that you report it immediately.