The pins have to come off sometime, if only because in another year or two, they will reclaim their original meaning: I am a conservative Republican, and more American than you.
Quick makes fun of this, for some good reason. But I have to admit I’ve been wondering the same thing. I’m still wearing my pin (I gave up the ribbon motif for a plain flag, but a straight one in an artsy silver frame, none of this waving). My attitude is still: I was almost killed by these sons-of-bitches just because I’m American and so I’m wearing the flag in some small defiance.
But I do wonder how long this will last. I’m just about the only person wearing a flag. I don’t know when and whether it will become a bit embarrassing.
Meanwhile, the paper flags I see on car and house and office windows are fading from red-white-and-blue to pink-tan-and-aqua and the flags flying from cars are getting more threadbare by the week. The flags are all fading, from windows and cars and lapels.
I hope it won’t take another attack to bring them back.