Tulsa, Oklahoma - Senator Ted Nielson complained to his wife this morning while getting ready for his day. His outburst started with a small cry of pain.
"Damn that pin!", said the Senator, sucking on his wounded finger. "That's the fifth time this month."
The Senator was referring to the flag pin he wears in the lapel of any suit he puts on, a pin made mandatory after 9/11. "It's been years, but let me forget it even once, and some damn reporter is asking if I hate America, or love terrorists. It's bullshit!"
Do American's still expect their leaders to wear pins? This question arises as apparently all in Congress - and indeed, all governors and all mayors, seem to think so. The belief that such pins are required to obtain re-election is quite wide spread on Capitol Hill.
Random interviews of various constituents would seem to support this, though perhaps not for the same reason as congressmen would think.
"You bet he best wear that pin. Given all that we have to do in new taxes and new laws over this terrorism crap, he can damn sure wear that pin.", said John Q. Public of Orem, Utah.
"Sanctimonious pricks!", said Jane Doe of Ogunquit, Maine. "If I had to lose my son to up Halliburton's profits, he can damn sure wear that pin till the day he dies - which sure as hell won't be in combat!"
Roughly similar sentiments were expressed in another 883 interviews.
Not all leaders are complaining though. A governor who spoke on the condition of anonymity from his mistress's chalet in Buenos Aires said, "Well, they could just let their lady friends dress them. Failing that, they could do what I did, which was to buy 12 pins and then have the dry cleaners put the pins on all the suits when they're done. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm giving a speech at the Family Values Center in twenty minutes."
Good advice, and perhaps that will be helpful to Senator Nielson.