You Can Follow The Flag Or The Yellow Ribbon Not Both



You can stand alone
Or with somebody else
Or stand with all of us, together
If you can believe
In something bigger than yourself
You can follow the flag forever

They say it’s just a dream
That dreamers dreamed
That it’s an empty thing that really has no meaning
They say it’s all a lie
But it’s not a lie
I’m going to follow the flag ’til I die

Into every life a little rain must fall
But it’s not gonna rain forever
You can rise above–you can rise above it all
We will follow the flag together
We will follow the flag together

 Randy Newman 


The Confederate flag is a highly polarizing symbol.
The Confederate flag is a highly polarizing symbol.

Seven years ago, Yahoo Sports National Columnist Dan Wetzel wrote an excellent article on what symbols mean to people. The catalyst for that column was the presence of the Confederate Flag in NASCAR races. The premise being that symbols pack a punch.


  • After a decade of massive growth, NASCAR’s popularity has slowed and television ratings have slumped. To restart its progress, NASCAR must continue to attract new fans in fresh, more diverse markets, many of whom view the Confederate flag as a symbol of racism and oppression. Yet NASCAR doesn’t want to alienate its loyal base, many of whom view the waving flags in the infield as a symbol of honor, history and traditional Southern pride.

  • For many minorities, as well as many whites, a sporting event where Confederate flags still flap freely is an unwelcoming and negative place.

  • For a lot of people it is a very loaded symbol that has a history of enslavement and hostility built up into it. African-Americans find it very difficult to separate this history from the symbol itself,” . “They also see people displaying the symbol as being racist, bigoted and anti-black. As a scholar I understand that symbols have multiple meanings and don’t have the same meaning to everyone.


Red Flag by Dan Wetzel

The U.S. South was the one region where archaic values lived the longest or at the very least died last. It was not that long ago that David Duke ran for governor of Louisiana. Go through his history and tell me if you don’t need a shower after reading it. Sorry, any place takes this very candid racist seriously is just not OK in my book.

As a young boy I enjoyed Dukes of Hazzard as much as the next kid. They had the Confederate flag. For me though the one reel life example that solidifies my feelings towards that particular flag was the child rape scene  from the film Time To Kill.  Keifer Sutherland did an excellent portrayal of someone you really wanted to hate. Rightly or wrongly that is what I perceive of the Confederate flag.


I am sure there are people out there who will tell me I am wrong but films like Glory, Ghosts of the Mississippi, Remember the Titans, O Brother Where Art Thou, Betrayed , Glory Road helped fuel my perception of what the South was like. Technically I have been there twice but somehow I doubt Disney World and a business convention in the heart of downtown Atlanta did much for my appreciation of local culture.


Musically I recommend Neil Young’s Southern Man, Randy Newman’s New Orleans Had Won The War and Rednecks. To give the other side some exposure, the band Lynyrd Skynyrd did answer Neil Young’s Southern Man in their Anthem Sweet Home Alabama in which they state ” I hope Mr. Young can remember a Southern Man don’t need him around anyhow.” Neil Young hails from Winnipeg, about as far away from Alabama as you can get without touching water. Sweet Home Alabama was used in three films in the last twenty years: Crimson Tide, Con Air and Reese Witherspoon’s Sweet Home Alabama. None of which speaks to racial oppression.



Don't believe a Mar Roxas adversary? So Mar himself has to be believed?
Don’t believe a Mar Roxas adversary? So Mar himself has to be believed?

Bobby Capco’s Facebook post caught my eye where he stresses not to don’t believe a word of Mayor Romualdez’s where he states Mar Roxas tried to do a power grab. Nowhere there does he mention that Noynoy and Mar are punishing Tacloban for not voting yellow in 2010. Nowhere in that analysis does it ever come up that Noynoy has no place for people who will not be obedient lapdogs. Tito Sotto said as much last year when he did a complete 180 on his stance on the Cybercrime Prevention Act. ‘Gusto rin ni Noynoy‘ is the famous quote. Way to have independent thought there buddy.


“There’s little room in Tupolev’s heart for anyone but Tupolev. ”


Captain Marko Ramius  in the Hunt For Red October (1990)


In the song Follow The Flag there is the phrase “You can rise above it all”. That’s the point. Noynoy does not rise above it all. He never rises beyond his family let alone beyond his country. There is little room in his heart for anyone but himself. That is why will always see Noynoy sporting that yellow ribbon. One word that is hardly ever brought up with in the analysis of the moves of B.S. Aquino the III. is compromise. There is just his way and he rarely makes any consideration for people who are not like him. Well, his needs are indeed special as we have come to see during his term.


Leaders in other countries wear their national symbol. It is about the country and not their self interest.
Leaders in other countries wear their national symbol. It is about the country and not their self interest.

Unless you are four years old, the Philippine flag has to have some meaning to you. Flag raising ceremonies with Lupang Hinirang playing. When I was a Boy Scout, they taught us to fold the flag and that it never touch the ground. Noynoy who is supposed to be my president does away with all that and replaces the flag with a yellow ribbon. No big deal right Noynoy?? The President of the Philippines gives priority to Tony Orlando and Dawn  rather than Lupang Hinerang. What kind of moron does that??


Even with the world watching, his own symbol and not the flag of the country. A public servant is not above the country.
Even with the world watching, his own symbol and not the flag of the country. A public servant is not above the country.

When I brought up the yellow ribbon objection to yellow relatives, the reply was that he is wearing what he believes and he does wear the Philippine flag. Do any of you see the Philippine flag? Maybe it’s tattooed on his inner right thigh. A place I doubt any of us would dare venture. There is truth to the yellow flag being what he believes in. Noynoy believes in his family’s priorities over the country’s priorities. It is symbolic in his dress and is consistent with his actions from day 1. Literally and figuratively with Noynoy there is no flag to follow. There is no ideal to follow. I will let you in on a little secret. Noynoy is not a leader, never was a leader and never will be a leader.


David St. Hubbins: We say, “Love your brother.” We don’t say it really, but…

Nigel Tufnel: We don’t literally say it.

David St. Hubbins: No, we don’t say it.

Nigel Tufnel: We don’t really, literally mean it.

David St. Hubbins: No, we don’t believe it either, but…

Nigel Tufnel: But we’re not racists.

David St. Hubbins: But that message should be clear, anyway.

Nigel Tufnel: We’re anything but racists.



Noynoy famously said “kayo ang boss ko” ( the people are my boss). Nice sound bite but he never really meant it. He does not serve you. He serves himself, he serves his family, anybody but you. Unless your first name is Bimby or Josh.



All this done to make Noynoy look better than he actually is.
All this done to make Noynoy look better than he actually is.


How many pictures have you seen Barrack Obama donning the Democrat logo during his terms as U.S. President? How about George W. Bush wearing a Republican pin from 2001 to 2009? I thought so. Logic dictates that party symbols are there to differentitiate during the selling process (elections) but once they are over you are serving the electorate, whether or not they voted for you. You should be unifying the country by rallying behind the flag. Noynoy though will continue to divide by forcefeeding all the Filipino with that yellow ribbon. Just like the Nazi party adopted their swastika to symbolize all of Germany.


World War II was a bad time in the history of the world. Did the Nazi party represent all of the Germany at that time? What was the meaning then and what is the meaning now? Wetzel’s article addressed the issue of symbols and the evolution of their meanings.


Moreover, while the history is clear, so too, for most, is the present. A symbol does not get to define itself; society’s oft-changing reaction to it determines that. The swastika has been used for 3,000 years in cultures as different as China, India, Japan and Europe. Its literal meaning in ancient Sanskrit comes from the words “su” meaning “good,” “asti” meaning “to be,” and the suffix “ka.” But once Adolph Hitler’s Nazi political party in Germany seized it as a symbol in the 1920s and went on to wage the Holocaust on Jews, it changed. In no way can anyone argue it still means “to be good.” Its original intent no longer matters.


The yellow ribbon does not symbolize you. It symbolizes the interest of the family in power.
The yellow ribbon does not symbolize you. It symbolizes the interest of the family in power.

It is very obvious that Noynoy by his actions is trying to jettison the Philippine flag in favor of his family’s symbol. No other group of Filipinos has ever claimed that as a symbol before the early 1980s. A leader should be the embodiment of the hopes and dreams of the collective. Well does that mean in Noynoy Aquino we have the laziness, pettiness and myopia of the Filipino people? When he is on the job, he forgets that he is on the job for YOU. He may say it but he does not really mean it. His words are not worth the spit they are spoken on, to quote Agnes DiPesto.


The difference between the Nascar and Noynoy Aquino is this. In Nascar, what is offensive is the presence of a particular flag. With Noynoy Aquino, it is the absence of a particular flag. You know the one he once swore allegiance to June 30, 2010.


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Putting a very sharp needle into the balloon known as Pinoy Pride since 2012.

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Very good point, there! That yellow symbol on his left chest says it all! He’s the president of his family, relatives, friends, allies and those yellow zombies! Boo!!! Real suckers!!!


The color yellow also symbolizes impatience and cowardice, just saying.


pnoy aquinos wearing of the yellow ribbon symbolises his self-interest, lack of statemanship, and divisive nature.
no wonder he didn’t want to go to mandela’s funeral. chalk and cheese.
yellow is also the colour of piss. appropriate for aquino. piss poor politician, president, and performance

Thomas Jefferson
The yellow family of fanatics have their symbol in a yellow ribbon. Is this colored ribbon not similar to the symbolism of the Nazi swastika? Every time the fanatics wear the yellow ribbon and color their elite divisiveness shows. They are the elite as they continue to divide, rule and fool others into joining their false matuwid na daan. The yellow deception is complete with false campaign promises and slogans. Repeating this over and over attracts the gullible and the opportunists. A false truth is then created… just like a grave. Clean and white without but full of rot within.… Read more »
Johnny Derp

Hmm, it seems that our “favorite” yellow punching bag, kathniel, is absent again.
Looks like he’s out of ammunition against us or Mr. Carandang has ran out of spiels to use.

Hyden Toro
NASCAR was founded, during the Whiskey Prohibition in the U.S. The Police were chasing , Moonshiners (people who make and distilled Whiskey in the forest). Then, transport the distilled Whiskey to their customers in populated places. The Police spots them, but these Dudes, have an Eight (8) cylinders Cars. So, the Police cannot overtake and arrest them. A NASCAR race was then born, using, not racing cars. But, ordinary designed cars. The color of Mr. Aquino is not Yellow. It is Greed. Whom the Gods, want to destroy, they make them Mad first. This Aquino Greedy family wants to stay… Read more »
Neil Young is a two-faced douchbag, who did not even write most of his early songs and that is evidenced by the fact that most of the music he has pot out in the last 30 years, his own, sucks! Young ruined Carrie Snodgrass’s life, he deserted his sickly child they had. I used to like the guy till I realized the above truths about him. He has no place in USA politics, first-off, is hypocrite of gigantic proportions and his music sucks now too. If you want to know what the USA is like, go live there. Do not… Read more »
john c. jacinto

sana tumulong na rin si madame imelda, bongbong, imee at mga kaanak nila para makabangon na agad ang tacloban city. kahit 1/10 lang ng ninakaw ng pamilyang marcos-romualdez, malaking impact na yun. at malapit na rin ang pasko. merry christmas po, madame meldy and family!


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