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The Flag of the United States

Posted by Rick · May 21st, 2007 · No Comments

I wasn’t sure where to put this, so I filed it under Culture Wars.

My uncle sent me (and several others) an email about the flag of the United States being flown upside down at the Montebello High School in Montebello, California.

For further clarification (the story, incidentally, is true): http://www.montebello.k12.ca.us/

It’s hard to know how to react to this, frankly. On the one hand, I myself proudly flew the flag of the United States outside my home – with a light on it – 24 hours a day until misguided nationalism became nearly ubiquitous in the run-up to the war against Iraq. And I would still do so, if it weren’t for the fact that I don’t want to be confused with those fanatics who really do hate our country’s traditions (including defense of the United States Constitution), but fanatically defend the piece of cloth that is supposed to remind people of those traditions.

The problem here in California right now is that the same ignorance of what the United States really stands for – the rule of Law – is crippling California. We no longer follow the rule of Law in this state and, instead, have declared war on non-whites.

And then, just as has happened in the Middle East, we act surprised that they want to fight back.

I know my point of view won’t be popular with many people. It is, however, based on a wistful love for what once made our country great. I lament the fact that our flag no longer commands respect, nor stands for that which made our country great. But more than that, I support our Constitution and lament the fact that a piece of cloth has become more revered than the principles enshrined in that document.

Until we, Americans, re-embrace the ideals that made us a great Nation, I find it hard to criticize those who would attack what has become a symbol of our disrespect to, and abuse of, the rest of the world.

I support the Constitution. Won’t you?

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