No, Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., Did Not Desecrate the Flag
12:23 PM, Jun 15, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
After a photo of Rep. Allen West scuba diving and saluting the American flag underwater for flag day surfaced, the media and liberal blogs all wrote a flurry of items about how West is some sort of patriotic hypocrite because he's unaware that the flag code says the American flags should not touch water.
This might be about the dumbest controversy ever -- a stupid gotcha item based entirely on supposed conservative hypocrisy rather than actual reporting.
Well, guess what -- it turns out that U.S. Armed Forces routinely takes the flag underwater for reenlistment ceremonies and various other reasons.
Nevermind that it was obvious West was honoring the flag, and he's a retired lieutenant colonel and combat veteran that's probably far more sensitive to what is and is not appropriate to do with the flag than a flurry of liberal bloggers.
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