After Nike flubbed the rollout of a new sneaker design, using and then quickly rejecting a flag that has become a symbol of the extreme right, some commentators objected. Don’t let the right wing co-opt this symbol of American history! Don’t let them take the Betsy Ross flag!

I say, they can have it. Really, it’s fine. They can have that and the Confederate battle flag, which also sports a striking combination of red, white and blue, and (you have to admit) really makes a statement. I bet even Nike wouldn’t have stepped in that one!

The right wing can have Betsy Ross and the Rebel, and because surely they’re not going to take all the flags, the left wing can just take back that boring ordinary flag we all use every day. That seems fair.