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Monday, July 07, 2008


The Flag - Honor and Disrespect Revisited

Marc Leepson's "Capturing the Flag", in the Opinions section of The Washington Post of July 6th includes:

But what exactly does this overabundance of flag-embossed merchandise mean -- for our campaigns and our culture? There is something off-kilter about revering the ideals that our flag embodies, attempting to ban its destruction, then using it as a political club or sitting down in a flag-patterned lawn chair, tucking into red-white-and-blue-frosted cupcakes and dabbing our mouths with a Stars and Stripes napkin. Does the flag embody American idealism, American cynicism or American comfort? Which values, precisely, have captured our flag?

A foreign-born citizen, I am bemused by the jingoism that exists about our flag. Respect the flag, of course, but not to the degree of making it a fetish. Yet the same people think nothing about dishonoring it every day by using geegaws and chochkes depicting the flag. Latest craze is waving gigantic flags during games and sporting events. Bigger is better? Ya Habibi.

U.S. History.org
Section 8c. reads:"The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free."

See: Another Photo Opportunity for the Buffoons in Congress
June 22, 2005

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