Woman Who Stole Flag To Prevent ‘Desecration’ Once Desecrated A Flag, Too (VIDEO)

Recently, a new conservative heroine ascended– and all she had to do was steal a flag from some black people and fight with the police. Sure, if Air Force veteran Michelle Manhart happened to be any other race, she would be decried as a member of Obama’s black Muslim army hell-bent on destroying America. Fortunately for conservatives, Manhart happens to be a nice, white lady.

It went down like this:

A group of African-American protesters speaking out against white privilege practiced their constitutional right to stomp on the flag. Manhart, hearing that a flag was being desecrated, swooped into action and heroically stole the flag from demonstrators. When confronted by law enforcement, Manhart not only refused to return the flag to its owners, but actively fought police.

Interestingly, Manhart was not shot, hit with a taser, beaten, or even arrested — she escaped with a warning and a ban from Valdosta State University, where the incident took place.

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Manhart said in defense of her actions:

“The bald eagle is a symbol of our country, and back in the 80s it was put on the endangered species list. You can’t touch that bird. It’s illegal. If we can do that with a bird, why can’t we place that same value on the flag?”

The answer, of course, is that we have a little thing called the First Amendment. In addition, the flag is not a f*cking bird, and it is not endangered. In fact, you see them practically everywhere, courtesy of our friends in China.

Manhart’s actions accomplished two things: a.) The fact that she lived to complain that she had to deal with law enforcement after stealing someone’s property fairly well justifies the demonstration she interrupted, and b.) She acted as perfect example of conservative hypocrisy — especially after demanding a letter of apology from the victims of her crime.

Manhart’s supporters argue, of course, that the African-American protesters should be charged with a crime for their decision to use a flag as part of their demonstration, however distastefully it was used. As evidence, they fallaciously cite a section of U.S. Code regarding the desecration of the flag:

(a)(1) Whoever knowingly mutilates, defaces, physically defiles, burns, maintains on the floor or ground, or tramples upon any flag of the United States shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.

(2) This subsection does not prohibit any conduct consisting of the disposal of a flag when it has become worn or soiled.

(b) As used in this section, the term “flag of the United States” means any flag of the United States, or any part thereof, made of any substance, of any size, in a form that is commonly displayed.

(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed as indicating an intent on the part of Congress to deprive any State, territory, possession, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico of jurisdiction over any offense over which it would have jurisdiction in the absence of this section.

(d)(1) An appeal may be taken directly to the Supreme Court of the United States from any interlocutory or final judgment, decree, or order issued by a United States district court ruling upon the constitutionality of subsection (a).

(2) The Supreme Court shall, if it has not previously ruled on the question, accept jurisdiction over the appeal and advance on the docket and expedite to the greatest extent possible.

Fortunately, Americans  are protected from punishments under the law when they are utilizing the flag to make a statement. The 1989 case Texas v. Johnson, for example, reaffirmed Gregory Lee Johnson’s — and all Americans’ — right to destroy a flag as part of a protest.

Johnson burned the flag to protest the harmful policies of Ronald Reagan, but was arrested and charged under a Texas statute that prohibited  the desecration of a venerated object. Johnson was initially convicted but appealed, arguing that his actions constituted “symbolic speech.”

The Supreme Court found that burning the flag did, indeed constitute “symbolic speech,” and the decision was overturned. In other words, the protesters were not doing anything illegal that would warrant Manhart’s decision to earn her 15 minutes of fame.

Fortunately for Manhart, she is also protected under the law. For instance, when she posed nude with only a flag (which was dragging on the ground) covering her body, the newest conservative heroine also could not be charged for her actions.

In 2008, Manhart opted to quit the Air Force rather than accept a demotion after she violated standards expected of her when she appeared — draped in star-spangled-hypocrisy– in a 2007 issue of Playboy.

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The flag code, referenced above, mentions some things that our conservative friends have been suspiciously leaving out when attempting to justify their darling Manhart’s theft:

 “The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise…”

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“The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.”

Sure, she did not destroy that flag, but at least someone who burns one in opposition to someone’s policies (or stomps on it to protest the raw deal African-Americans receive in America) is making an actual statement.

Flag fetishists, of course, would rather forget about their new champion’s own desecration of the flag — which is as much a violation of U.S. Code as the act of stomping on the flag — and instead focus on what matters: African-Americans were damaging a flag and speaking out against white privilege….and Manhart stopped it, all while fighting against Obama’s tyrannical stormtroopers. It’s quite the harrowing tale when one imbecile recites it to another.

Manhart has every right to pose nude anywhere she wants, with whatever objects she wishes. There’s no shame in being proud of one’s body. In fact, she looks quite beautiful in the photos.

However, if one of those objects is an American flag, it can’t be said that she has the right to steal from others and defend herself with a flimsy assertion that she was rescuing the poor, abused American flag from desecration.


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