Thin line flags = gender identity flags for the establishment

25 Nov

As a foreigner, one of the strangest new phenomena to me of the MAGA era is the rapid spread of these “thin line flags”:

I first noticed them on a visit Stateside last summer, and had to ask some locals what they meant.

Saw them again recently, including blended variants with both red and blue combination lines…

I thought State-worship (by which I mean government-worship in general, especially federal, nothing to do with sub-national political entities called states per se) among the Toby-Keith-loving neo-con set was off the charts in the Dubya era.

But in the Trumpian era, it’s even worse…

An internet acquaintance told me that a commentator named ‘Mr. Regular’ said “line flags are gender-identity flags for the Establishment”; I can’t find that quote, but it’s brilliant, and so true…

But not just for the Establishment, but all who find their identity in the Establishment, who live vicariously through servicemen, police, firemen, etc.


11 responses to “Thin line flags = gender identity flags for the establishment

  1. Will S.

    November 25, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Why is it that many of the people who cheered loudest for Trump’s promise to ‘drain the swamp’ are all too often the same shitheads who knee-jerk-support the jackbooted imperialist thug enforcers / cover-givers of the permanent regime?

  2. realgaryseven

    November 25, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    This really picked up after the Ferguson, MO fiasco. I think it is an expression of the average man’s support for law enforcement over street thugs. Many such thugs were coddled and even canonized under the Obama regime.

    • Will S.

      November 25, 2019 at 9:22 pm

      Ah, okay.

      Well, I get that.

      For my part, though, between the street thugs and the trigger-happy militarized State enforcers, I dislike and distrust them both…

      With regards to the Thin Red Line, I know firemen have been lionized since 9/11, and understandably.

      And yet, they’re just doing their jobs. Heroes used to be held to be those who put themselves at great risk through extraordinary actions, not just while doing a dangerous job they chose to get into, for which they receive danger pay…

      • Walter Devereux

        November 26, 2019 at 6:12 am

        This is another urban/rural divide thing. In most rural communities, police are not militarized and are fairly outspoken in their disdain of the federal government. I think especially in small towns many still want to be seen as Andy Griffith even when they’re well known for Boss Hogg levels of corruption. Out in the hinterlands, the thin line means support for “law and order”, the same sort of people who gave Nixon and landslide and supported mandatory minimums. Sure, police are just doing their job, but when you’re dealing with an increasingly cartel-controlled drug trade and a media apparatus (and sometimes court system) that will destroy a man for physically removing a violent thug from his community, it’s not a surprise that ordinary people consider these guys heroic.

        I share your disdain of police forces, by the way, but I also grew up in a city. Incentives in the city are to ignore drug crime, ticket people for petty offenses, and shoot white kids for loitering when they mouth off because that won’t start a riot like shooting the black pimp will.

      • Will S.

        November 26, 2019 at 6:40 am

        Thanks; that makes a fair bit of sense…

  3. feeriker

    November 26, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Interesting. I’ve never seen any of these before (or maybe just haven’t been paying attention). As our society continues to polarize and break apart, it makes sense that something like this would appear.

    What’s also interesting is that we here in the U.S. are often accused (justifiably, I might add) of going to extremes to elevate individualism Über Alles, yet trends like this one are just another example of how much “herd think” is the dominant norm.

    • Will S.

      November 26, 2019 at 6:10 pm

      For good and ill, collectivist tendencies are a part of us. I think it’s mostly healthy, in contrast to the insanely hyper-individualist tendencies of our time.

  4. J. J. Griffing

    November 26, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Here in the U. S. of A., the “establishment” that you mean by the current POTUS and his supporters is a very different “establishment” than you mean by the cultural movers-and-shakers of media and academia, and often another one entirely from the bureaucratic “establishment(s)” of the “Regulatory State” or the “Swamp” or the “Deep State”, or their imitators in state-level or local governments, or corporate hierarchies. And any or all might be meant when “the establishment” is referenced, for good or ill.

    In my own corner of the South, the “thin line” flag-stickers (and more rarely, actual flags) seem to indicate support for the local LEOs or FD, especially when one’s personally connected to the members thereof. In some ways it’s comparable to one’s mother hanging a “blue star” banner in the window during one’s military deployment. They’re not only displayed next to the libertarian/individualist “Don’t Tread On Me” flags, but some people incorporate the “Blue Line” and Gadsen banners into a single motif.

    • Will S.

      November 27, 2019 at 12:50 am

      Thing is, the Deep State and the Pentagon are one and the same, even if regular soldiers aren’t the same as regulatory bureaucrats. Their leadership and the bureacracy’s leadership and the CIA / FBI’s leadership are all the Deep State…

      I wish people in general were a bit more discerning…

      It’s bizarre to reference Gadsen / Culpepper Minutemen AND Thin Blue Line simultaneously. Don’t know how it doesn’t engender cognitive dissonance, but I guess cognition must take place in order for that to happen…


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