The following article, NYT’s Mara Gay ‘Disturbed’ by Flying of American Flag on Long Island, was first published on Flag And Cross.
One of the most detrimental facets of the manufactured dichotomy of American politics is that everything is now being forced into one column or the other. Every single issue is being divvied up onto either Team R or Team D, and there is no room for sharing.
It’s a disturbing trend that will eventually leave Americans with little to call their own, as the two-party system gobbles up every last bit of our culture to score political points.
The symptoms of this issue are rather apparent this week, as a columnist for the New York Times suggests that flying the American flag is somehow innately “disturbing” due to the fact that conservatives might be the ones doing the displaying.
MSNBC contributor Mara Gay said Tuesday that she was “disturbed” to see “dozens of American flags” flown by Donald Trump supporters during a weekend trip to Long Island, New York.
The left-wing editorial board member for The New York Times was also distressed by what she called expletives on the trucks against President Biden, describing the flag-flying Trump supporters as sending a clear message: “This is my country … not your country. I own this.”
The full comments were even more alarming.
“I was on Long Island this weekend visiting a really dear friend, and I was really disturbed. I saw, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with explicatives [sic] against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and in some cases just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing … Essentially the message was clear. This is my country. This is not your country. I own this,” Gay said.
By suggesting that the American flag itself is some sort of symbol of hate, Gay has crossed a line in rhetoric that many thought that we’d never cross, and it may be hard for the liberal left to step back over it.
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