Some local veterans were upset that the American flag was being flown above the local Democratic party headquarters in Lake County Florida with the stars of the union replaced with a picture of Barack Obama’s face.
That flag was displayed below an unadulterated version of the flag.
“It’s a cult of personality to show his face, like Stalin or Mao,” John Masterjohn, a former Marine said. “It’s despicable. They don’t realize how sick they are.”
“When I saw the picture on the flag, I thought this is wrong,” the man who first spotted the flag told the Daily Commercial. “I really hate seeing the flag not being respected, and to me this was not respectful.”
“I really don’t care what party it is. If it had been a picture of Romney on the flag, I would have done the same thing.”
There is a federal law stating that the flag “should never have placed upon it or any part of it, any marks, insignia, letters, words, figures, designs, picture or drawings of any nature” but the Supreme Court has ruled that those who burn the flag or desecrate it are protected by the First Amendment.
Nancy Hurlbert, chairwoman of the local Democratic party, eventually took the flag down after a Korean war veteran read the portion of the flag code from above to her.
He then told the Daily Commercial, “ … You don’t desecrate the flag, especially for the veterans who fought the wars and died for it. In dictatorships, they have a picture of their dictator on some of the flags, but we haven’t arrived at having a dictator, yet.”