Take This Pole

DH and I were scanning today’s The State after lunch, and I was feeling all sugar and spice after writing and reflecting on my earlier post of today. Then I came across this “Quote of the Day” by Mike Huckabee in reference to the Confederate flag: “You don’ t have to like people from outside the state coming in and telling you what to do with your flag. In fact, if somebody came to Arkansas and told us what to do with our flag, we’d tell ’em what to do with the pole, that’s what we’d do.”

Does that statement strike you as being a little weird, or is it just me? After all, I wrote about showing love through speech this morning so I might still be feeling the after effects.  Do Huckabee’s words seem Christ-like to you? Is that how a “man of the cloth” speaks? If this is how he responds to criticism about Arkansas, can we assume that that’s the way he’d respond to heads of state (if he were the president)?

Maybe I should heed my own advice and speak words of love. Then again, maybe I have a moral responsibility to bring the Huckster’s  statement to your attention.

Author: jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer

2 thoughts on “Take This Pole”

  1. I am with you on the seeming a smidge hypocritical. However, my answer would be – how is it the flag of the Confederacy when the Confederacy no longer exists? The Union won, ergo it is not ‘your flag’.

    I think he is one of the candidates who supports an amendment against burning the US flag, so it seems he would understand the fact that flags are symbolic and that for many people the symbolism of the Confederate flag is racism.

    Ah well. None of us are perfect.

    So, I just wanted to make sure it was ok to reference your ‘word of 2008’ in an article. Is that cool with you?

  2. Actually, the Confederate flag part didn’t bother me as much as his suggestion about what “they” could do with the pole. But you’re right…no one’s perfect.

    Of course. Can’t wait to read it.

    Also, I’ve been meaning to mention something I saw and heard many years ago that relates (I think) to the name of your blog. I was watching a video on sleep and dreams, and the narrator said something like, “Dreams are real while they last; can we say more of life?” I thought that was so profound…and so true. The moment something happens, it’s over and exists only in one’s mind.

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