The Economist: Partisan-in-chief. I don't agree with the Economist's stance on the Iraqi war, but they've got the analysis right in this piece. Bush is somehow managing to kick the Democrat's asses in the campaign.

It makes me wonder: When did the flag become a Republican Symbol?

What's up with that? As I've said before, I agree that more often than not, patriotism is the sign of a scoundrel. So when I see people decked out in American flags, I immediately think "conservative". It shouldn't have to be that way. The flag stands for the American nation, and the nation is supposed to stand up for freedom, equality, and opportunity. And it does, sometimes. But when I see people waving the flag around, I don't think they want to stand up for those things. They want to go kill people for some reason, shove Jesus in my face, keep people in jail for hurting no one but themselves, strangle mass transit, and tell me that if I don't like it, I should go back to Russia, or where ever the regime de jour is.

I don't like that. I want to be able to do whatever I want to my own body. I don't want people to hate my country because we keep fucking theirs up. I don't want morality to be legislated. Does this mean I "hate" America? No. It means I want to be free.