That former Air Force veteran who stole someone else’s flag to stop them from stepping on it in protest at Valdosta State University violated the U.S. Flag Code herself by posing for Playboy with an American flag hiding her naughty bits while it fell to the ground.
Manhart quit the Air Force in 2008 rather than accept a demotion for violating the standards expected of military personnel after posing nude for Playboy while draped in an American flag.
The photos show a fully nude Manhart covering her nipples with her arms, while a folded American flag she is holding covers the lower portions of her body and unfurls onto the ground.
“The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise,” states the U.S. Flag Code.
The Flag Code also prohibits wearing the flag as clothing, and the photo shoot apparently violates a prohibition against drawing up the flag up into folds.
I could not care less about her posing for Playboy, of course, nor do I think the Air Force should have done a damn thing about it. But what this points out, as if we needed more evidence, is that it isn’t the “desecration” of the flag that the uber-patriots are bothered by, it’s the message of the protest they want to squash. That’s why they flip out about flag burning when the flag code says that burning is the only acceptable means of disposing of the flag. So it isn’t burning the flag that bothers them, it’s burning the flag in protest. It’s the viewpoint they want censored, not the physical act of burning the flag or laying it on the ground.
And then there’s this dimwitted statement:
Manhart explained to Fox News that she stopped the student demonstrators from disrespecting “an iconic symbol of freedom.”
“If you are going to fight for a cause and use the First Amendment — how are you going to stomp and trample the icon that gives you that right?” she said.
No, you dolt, the icon does not give anyone that right. The Constitution does. But as usual, the uber-patriots would rather trample on the Constitution to protect the flag rather than the other way around.