Rich Tucker

Sometimes, it’s the little things that get you thinking.

This Memorial Day, our family went to the annual parade in the liberal enclave of Falls Church, Va. This parade had plenty of motorcycles, entertainers, even the Shriners in their little cars. What it lacked was patriotism.

I’d vowed to remove my baseball cap every time the American flag came by. But, for the most part, my head remained covered. I counted only three American flags in the parade. There were at least as many Mexican flags. Even the elected officials, Democrats all, drove by without our country’s flag. And while the marching bands celebrated far-off lands including Scotland and Guatemala, there was no emphasis on memorializing American veterans. City officials seem to have decided that, since the final Monday in May is a holiday, they ought to host a parade. But the reason for the holiday was forgotten.

This isn’t the first flag-poor event in Falls Church. In 2003, I attended a rally for then-presidential candidate Howard Dean. Most politicians hide behind the flag, but not Dr. Dean. There was only one American flag in evidence at that event.

To paraphrase former Vice President Al Gore, the city of Falls Church is so far left, it’s left America.

So why does this little village of 10,000 or so matter? Because it’s far more likely that the rest of us will eventually join it on the left than it is that Falls Church will rejoin us on the right.

Consider a Rasmussen poll conducted in May. In that survey, 22 percent of all voters said they believe President Bush knew ahead of time about the September 11 attacks. The figure’s far higher for Democrats -- 35 percent say Bush knew, another 26 percent aren’t sure.

There was no need for Rasmussen to ask such a question in the fall of 2001, when virtually every American would have said that of course President Bush didn’t know about the coming attacks.

Sure, there were a few cranks back then, such as Michael Moore. Recall that he wrote on his Web site that day, “If someone did this to get back at Bush, then they did so by killing thousands of people who did not vote for him! Boston, New York, DC, and the planes’ destination of California -- these were places that voted against Bush!” But he was rare.

Rich Tucker

Rich Tucker is a communications professional and a columnist for