It doesn't matter if your horrible taste is ironic or genuine, Laughing Squid's photo guide to tacky Independence Day merchandise will leave you stunned.
On the face of it, patriotism would seem to be an easy sell for American advertisers. In fact, it's not. Flag-waving spots can so easily come off as cheesy and/or opportunistic. It's rare to see a patriotic commercial that feels legitimately poignant—or at least not flagrantly exploitative. Plus, of course, there are the political implications.