Barak Obama has been quoted as saying “I decided I won’t wear that pin on my chest”, in relation to the shallow habit of American politicians wearing little American flag lapel pins. He says he doesn’t wear an American flag on his lapel because it has become a substitute for “true patriotism” since Sept. 11.

Now that’s an admirable show of honesty and rationality from a politician. Everyone knows you’re an american, and the fact that you’re vying to serve your country by running for congress or president should be proof enough of your patriotism (if you know anything about how harsh those political races and the subsequent jobs can be), so why wear a badge to emphasise what should already be apparent to all but the dimmest of observers.

Kudos to him (although I’d still vote for Hillary).