These Colors Don't Fold
The Lege pauses from its hectic schedule to take up the hot-button issue of flag-folding
By Justin Ward,
10:14AM, Wed. May 6, 2009
With the failing economy, the swine flu outbreak, and other signs of the apocalypse manifesting themselves daily, it's almost refreshing to know that the Texas Legislature finds time to focus on the little things. Case in point: Jim Dunnam, D-Waco, has a proposal (House Bill 3510) working its way through committee that will create a standardized way to fold the Texas flag.
Dunnam's bill would require anyone folding a flag in an official capacity to fold it with the star facing outward to distinguish it from other flags, many of which have red or white. It's tough to argue against, but hardly a top priority with over 6,000 bills filed and the clock ticking down. Aside from exhibiting the kind of OCD that would befit an employee at the Gap, it is another example of the Lege's tendency to micromanage every aspect of government life down to the most minute detail.
One person showed up at the State Affairs meeting to speak for the bill. It was the president of the North American Vexillological Association, which is devoted to the study of flag history and flag symbolism, who traveled from god knows where to be there. Guessing he doesn't get out much, at least not in an official capacity.