IF: gesture

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This week’s Illustration Friday‘s challnege word is “gesture”.
Holding the flag means taking care of the nation. Folding the flag is putting it to bed for the night.
“If you want a symbolic gesture, don’t burn the flag; wash it.” — Norman Thomas

Norman Thomas was a noted pacifist, war critic, conscientious objector, co-founder of the National Civil Liberties Bureau (the precursor to the ACLU) and six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America. He was outspoken against the United States’ involvement in World War I, World War II and, later, Vietnam. He opposed Japanese interment camps in the US. He worked to welcome victims of Nazi persecution to the US and campaigned against segregation and racism. He criticized the Catholic Church’s stance on birth control. He was very critical of Zionism and of Israel’s policies towards the Arabs and often collaborated with the American Council for Judaism. A plaque in the library of Princeton University honoring Mr. Thomas reads: “I am not the champion of lost causes, but the champion of causes not yet won.”

And Mr. Thomas loved his country with the passion of the Founding Fathers.




  1. I learn so much from each of your posts, which isn’t something I can say about a lot of blogs! There are some times when I read them, where I laugh so hard, I almost pee my pants, and then there are times, when you bust me up with your strength of character and always with your enviable talent. There is nothing that can sum up your work other than, YOU ROCK, dude! 🙂

  2. I love seeing Uncle Sam from behind — also, it’s an in-between moment: not a strong WE WANT YOU pose, but an uncertain, this-is-the-every-day-work we-have-to-do pose. Nice illustration.

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