More on those Romney/Ryan flag pins

(Updated Oct. 3, 2012)

According to Philip Rucker, National political reporter at The Washington Post covering Mitt Romney and the 2012 presidential campaign, the flag pin with the Secret Service logo was a gift to the candidate from his USSS agents.

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Not long after I wrote about Mitt Romney’s flag lapel pin and speculated about what might be on it, I came across a Daily Kos article talking about what was on Paul Ryan’s pin. Apparently, the night Ryan delivered his speech to the Republican National Convention, he was wearing a different flag pin, not the one with the elephant that he and Romney wore when they appeared together the next night.

The comments on the Daily Kos article indicate that just before he took the stage, Ryan was called out for not having a pin, so he borrowed one from his Secret Service detail. A link led to this image of a Secret Service pin:

U.S. Secret Service pin

Another individual said politicians wear this pin to show support of the Secret Service, although I don’t understand why they’d support the Secret Service over any other government agency:

Secret Service pinAnd for sale on eBay, a “Secret Service (USSS) flag lapel pin”:

These pins are almost certainly what I’ve seen the candidates wearing. I saw Romney on TV today during a public appearance and this looks exactly like the pin he was wearing.

Can Romney and Ryan not remember to bring their own pins? Do they maintain pin collections and choose a “pin du jour” appropriate for that day’s audience? As I’ve asked before, since when is a simple, unadorned USA flag pin not good enough?

And yes, I object to the Secret Service pin, too. Wear the flag. Wear a Secret Service emblem. One or the other. Both or neither. But please don’t stick the SS emblem on the flag.

And don’t wear a Secret Service pin if you’re not in the Secret Service.

Ryan addresses the RNC. (Click twice for max size)

What do you think? Secret Service pin or something else?
(Image by Jim Young / Reuters)

See also:
What’s on Romney’s flag pin?



Categories: Politics, Romney, Ryan

23 replies

  1. I feel the same way, PT, as we discussed before. But why do we feel that way, apart from the Flag Code? After musing on the question I have settled on this: The American flag is unique and to decorate it with any other symbol not only dilutes its meaning but seems aimed at promoting some second cause as extra patriotic. Affixed with an elephant, in other words, the pin might mean that the wearer equates Republicans with patriotism more than, say, a donkey. It seems to be a competition of organizations for most patriotic. Does that make sense?

    • Oh yes. Perfect sense. Stick anything on the flag — an elephant, a donkey, a Secret Service emblem — and that thing instantly becomes more patriotic. The flag gives it a credibility and gravitas it wouldn’t have otherwise. The reverse, however, is not true. Anything stuck on the flag diminishes the flag, IMO. Whether the Flag Code is applicable or not doesn’t matter to me. My personal sense of patriotism says the flag should not be diminished or embellished.

  2. Agree the flag should not be tarnished with other symbols. LOL,though, about Secret Service people wearing pins proclaiming who they are. Years back, I attended a training session in Washington, DC. It was held just a block down the street from the Russian embassy. One participant showed up every day wearing a name tag that said “SECRET SERVICE.” Asked about it during a break, he said, “Oh, they know who we are and we know who they are. It’s no secret around here.”

  3. If Romney, Ryan or secret service can not afford a regular flag pin, maybe the public can chip in and purchase
    them one, As for the Secret Service They should be issued a miniature badge they can wear along with a
    flag pin that has not been messed with, that goes for the elephant

  4. But — wait… Secret Service & Mitt Romney are violating Federal Code? US Code 36, Chapter 10, §176. (g): “The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.” Source: http://www.usflag.org/uscode36.html#176

    • Exactly. Thanks, SFMCAS, for looking that up and posting it.

      And thanks, PT, for solving the “black dot” mystery for us!

    • So, the proposed leader of the free world starts out by disrespecting the emblem that he wishes to represent. Luckily, the flag code is not enforceable. Bigger is not always better, just more room for more unnecessary emblems to try to share the glory of old glory!!

      • Obviously the disrespect wasn’t intentional. If anything, it’s clear the intention was to show respect to the flag and the Secret Service simultaneously. I would say he was let down by the Secret Service. They should know better, and more so than Mr. Romney. They shouldn’t have had this pin made in the first place.

        I’ll take “the proposed leader of the free world” Mr. Romney and his enhanced and incorrect lapel pin over the Borrow-in-Chief Mr. 0bama any day, and not soon enough. Debt: $17 trillion and counting = Good-bye freedom.

  5. The world is full of posers. I’m not up on American politicians (I have a low nausea threshold) but one should judge ‘em by what they do, not by what they say. Appearances can be deceptive.

    Your ‘secret’ service wears badges declaring themselves SS agents? Cool~! (Totenkopf rings must be in vogue there too …)

  6. It would be nice if politicians under the flag lapel pin had the branch of military service they were in. This was we could see who the real patriotic peole are and those that just pretend. At a glance we could see those who are of age to have gone to Vietnam dodged service. For the younger ploiticains who voluntarily joined the military we could see that as well.

    • I suspect most of them would rather not get into that since only about 20% of them have any military service to speak of. Frankly, I sort of resent the display of flag pins; it strikes me as people trying too hard to show they’re more patriotic than the next guy … or me.

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