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Chuck Pinkey: Protest is fine, but don’t tread on our flag | Columns

A couple of years ago, I was watching the movie “White House Down.” It follows the story line of right-wing extremists seizing the White House and trying to kill the president because of a proposed peace treaty between the allied nations to remove military forces from the Middle East.

After a furious gun battle and more carnage than a violent video game, the only thing standing in the way of our president being killed is an Afghan War veteran turned Capitol policeman, who happened to be touring the White House with his young daughter, Emily. The hero is John Cale, played by Channing Tatum.

At the end of the film, assuming the president has been killed, the speaker of the House, who is the evil conservative mastermind of the attack, decides that an airstrike to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the only way to destroy all the evidence.

As the fighter planes scream toward the White House with missiles at the ready, Cale’s 12-year-old daughter grabs a downed American flag, runs through the carnage to the front lawn of the White House and begins waving this huge flag. The pilots, realizing the White House is in American hands, abort their mission at the last second.

It is a patriotic moment in an otherwise senseless, left-wing Hollywood production.

Just last week, after my wife fell asleep during an episode of “Law and Order” that we had only seen four times, I surfed and found “White House Down” playing. Luckily, it was almost over, but I decided to watch the grand finale.

As the fighter planes scream toward the White House with missiles at the ready, little Emily grabs a blue presidential flag, runs outside, waves her heart out, and saves the day. By now, Sue was awake and I exclaimed, “What the Hell is this! What happened to the American Flag?”

“You’re imagining things.” she said, “Turn back to ‘Law and…

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