Apparently there was a little dust-up between Mayor Michael Winters and some folks at a Tea Party rally over the weekend. Someone attending the Tea Party event was flying an American flag upside down – a sign of distress. Winters – a military veteran – was not amused and apparently used some choice language to chastise the person.
I understand Winters’ anger – as a veteran, it pains me to see our flag displayed improperly or shown disrespect. I might have said something to the guy, too, although likely not with foul language. I don’t think less of Winters for his actions; even as the Mayor, he’s entitled to opinions and to occasionally forcefully express them.
UPDATE: some good discussion over at Electric City Weblog. And no f-bombs!
UPDATE: Mayor Winters interviewed by KRTV about flag incident.
And speaking of the Tea Party rallies: I am SO SICK of the critics who believe that there is racism behind the movement. My general support of the Tea Party folks is based on the belief that government has gotten too large and controlling, and that sentiment really went into overdrive with the federal stimulus package last year – which is when the Tea Party folks began to rally. The year since then, with the healthcare reform debacle and “Cash For Clunkers” and more government spending, etc, only reinforces the sentiment.
My problem – and the same can probably be said of 99% of the Tea Party folks – isn’t that President Obama is black. I would love to have a black person as the President of the United States: J.C. Watts, for instance, or Condi Rice, maybe even Colin Powell. It’s not the color of their skin that matters. It’s their principles and ideals.