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Flag Worth Burning
Well folks, I think we have found a flag for the First Lady. It appears that she just isn't impressed with the current one. At a September 11th ceremony, it appears the First Lady couldn't understand why there were all these traditions associated with our flag. You can see in the video here, it appears that she says, "All this to fold a flag?" Yes, Michelle, all of that to fold a flag on September 11th when the country is gathering together to remember the men and women who lost their lives in the midst of terrorist attacks. In fact, some people perform ceremonies each day when they raise and lower the flag. In some classrooms today we still require our students to stand up and say the pledge or leave. It is tradition and it is our history.
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish" traditions to preserve our nation like the use of the Preamble to our Constitution. We even dislike having our President, whoever he/she may be, on our flag because we are supposed to live in a democracy, not a dictatorship.
Speaking of our flag, it doesn't surprise me that the Democratic Party in Florida didn't see anything wrong with the destruction of the flag. The flag is more than material, it is the fabric of the country. It is our history. The stars represent each state.
Last week, veterans in Florida were outraged when an American flag featuring an image of President Barack Obama's face was displayed outside a local Florida Democratic Party headquarters. Several veterans called it "despicable" and a "desecration," the Orlando Sentinel reported.
I secretly think it may have been the Republican Party that made the flag and sent it to the Democrats as a joke. You know the President believes he is more powerful than the 50 states collectively. They were probably sitting at their desks to see if they would actually hang a flag that was made in China with the President's image screen printed on the front since it is a mockery of our country. I know that using modern technology to further confuse traditions with widespread sensationalism is at the heart of the Democratic campaign.
Luckily, the veterans of America stepped in to remind the Democratic flag hangers that placing alternative symbols on the flag was not in good taste. Symbolically, the blue on the flag signifies Vigilance, perseverance, and justice, and the stars are considered a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial. There really isn't a need for the stars when you can have the head of our President in their place, he is so inspiring, just review his accomplishments while in office. The issues should have been resolved when the veterans brought their concerns to the office, instead it was only after attention was brought to the tacky flag that it was removed. I guess you can't blame people for poor taste.
The suggestions for how the flag should be treated are available, but the ones that I would feel apply; from The United States Codes are listed in section 176. Respect for flag:
- (g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
- (i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
I guess for their next trick they could reprint The Constitution and have a paper airplane tournament. I am glad that the veterans made sure this banner was no longer waving because no one man or woman should reflect the image of our country. We are the United States of America, and each symbol on the flag makes up a part of the whole as does each citizen in our great nation.