Bush reaffirms total lack of integrity
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President Bush has signed into law a bill prohibiting homeowners' associations from restricting how the American flag can be displayed.
"Americans have long flown our flag as an expression of their appreciation for our freedoms and their pride in our nation," Bush said in a statement. "As our brave men and women continue to fight to protect our country overseas, Congress has passed an important measure to protect our citizens right to express their patriotism here at home without burdensome restrictions."
As Paul the Spud, who gets the hat tip, says: "Yes, those damn burdensome restrictions. I'm sure they're making life not worth living for millions, millions of Americans. Thank goodness they got right on this... if there's one thing Americans don't deserve, it's burdensome restrictions."
The thing about this idiotic bill is that it's predicated on the thinly veiled suggestion that homeowners' associations are motivated by some sort of anti-patriotic sentiment, when, in reality, the primary motivation of these rules is not anti-patriotism, but aesthetic continuity. It's the same reason some of them restrict satellite dishes; they're not anti-entertainment any more than they are anti-American.
One of the main functions of a homeowners' association is to protect the property value of the neighborhood or building, which is why they busy themselves with these kinds of restrictions. Someone who wants to display 50 flags lining his driveway on both sides could affect the value of the homes on either side, which is why they might make a rule like "one flag per home, standard size." Someone who wants to surround his third-floor window with anything sticking out the front of a condo building could affect the value of all the units, which is why they might make a rule like "no crap on the front of the building."
It's about business and the market, which just goes to show you what integrity-free dipshits Bush and the current GOP are that they would impinge on that supposedly conservative tenet for a stupid bill to play to their wingnut uberpatriot base.