A Homeowners Association in Virginia just ordered a ninety-year-old Medal of Honor winner to remove his flagpole from his yard, because they don’t think the look fits into the neighborhood.
I’m curious: Are all HOAs full of little vest pocket dictators? It seems that every time one makes the news, it’s because some aspiring Blockwart is riding high on a power trip. The HOA in question doesn’t even prohibit free-standing flagpoles; they just made an arbitrary decision based on subjective aesthetics. (“I don’t like the way that looks, so take it down.”)
Colonel Barfoot is a veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, and one of only a hundred-odd living Medal of Honor recipients. He’s a national hero, and the schmucks running his HOA should be grateful to have such a man classing up their neighborhood by his mere presence. Sending him a lawyer-letter ordering him to take down his flag should result in public spankings at the very least. The man has earned the right to fly that flag any damn way he pleases.
Also, you have to question the smarts of a group of people who decided to boss around a man who took on three German Tiger tanks head-on armed with only a bazooka and a Thompson, and came out on top. I want to bet that even at his age, Colonel Barfoot has more mojo in his pinky than that whole sad assembly of lawn & paint Mussolinis can scrounge up in their entire family trees counting two generations up and down.
(Via John Scalzi.)