I was a scout and they taught me some basics about the flag that have stuck with me through my life, especially the way it should be folded. I always cringe when I see Navy guys screwing that one up at work.
This is seriously the dumbest thing I have read today, I get respecting the flag but following a set of obscure rules has nothing to do with patriotism I didn't even know about the glad being draped over the vehicle rule, there was obviously no harm or disrespect intended and an effort was made to fix it when they found out, no big deal.
HAHAHA that's a very even measure isn't it? it's completely meaningless as to how much you like America, it's the kind of blind patriotism that has led to so many evil acts in the name of a country. Patriotism is shown through acts and how one treats their fellow citizens not by blind wrote obedience of obscure rules.
You have no idea how I feel about the US nor do you have ANY right to comment on it, a US backed government with US support and operatives killed my entire family and most of my best friends even my adopted father was tortured by being strapped to a steel bed and electrocuted for so long that the grill marks of the bed were still on his back when he died decades later and he had to learn to walk all over again, that was done by a CIA agent. His fiance was kidnapped, gang raped for weeks, tortured and then drowned in a barrel of human feces, then her body was dumped from a helicopter at sea so her family would never have a chance to bury her properly, that was done with the aid of several American operatives, and it was done because she was handing out anti governemnt leaflets.
I forgave the US for all that and moved here to be with my wife, I had a family here and I pay my taxes, I have every reason to hate this country and I don't, I love it and it's people, that is what makes a good citizen, in fact it makes me a better American then you will ever be.
Ignorance about flag courtesy is hardly treason and the OP statement comes across as a petty jab at what is certainly not intentional disrespect. But, ignorance is not limited to Democrats, JSC, is it? Take, for example, the Texas Republican Party's 2012 Platform approved and adapted in Fort Worth on June 8, 2012. On page 13, under “Educating our Children,” the Texas GOP attacks the teaching of critical thinking skills. “We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.” (1)
It seems, in Texas, Republicans favor dumbing down students. This position is being taken at a time when a national science assessment suggests that most U.S. students struggle with the reasoning skills needed to investigate multiple variables, make strategic decisions, and explain experimental results. (2)
I think this country would be better off if all students knew more about flag etiquette and a lot more about analytical thinking. What do you think?
Hi again, JSC. I am somewhat confused by your reply.
I did not mention The Blaze and The Huffington Post did not come out against teaching critical thinking in Texas schools. (1) The quotation opposing higher order thinking skills and similar programs was taken from page 12 of the Texas Republican Party's 2012 Platform approved and adapted at the state convention in Fort Worth on June 8, 2012.
I wanted to provide other links to media outlets with a conservative bent but I could not find one that covered the story.
You're also not supposed to fly it after dark, but that doesn't stop the vast majority of flag-displayers. But perhaps if we gave up the flag fetish people wouldn't feel compelled to violate flag etiquette.
I remember when the Democratic Party actually represented the people. They displayed no flags. The flag was always the Republican Party, like flags every twenty feet on used car lots. I have noticed the more the flag is displayed, like lapels and whatnot, the more fascist the country becomes. Kind of like the bible, heaven or hell.
Your assumptions are just incorrect. I'm a veteran and I display the American flag proudly on all of the appropriate days. Nevertheless, there have been awful things done under this banner and not everyone feels nationalistic jingoism has anything to do with wanting to keep America from making those same mistakes.
Stop the simplistic assumptions and you might grow in your awareness.
No, that's not what I implied. You can be proud of your country when it does good and still be critical of it when it doesn't. You can love it and support it, but you can't mindlessly accept all of its actions as just and good just because you love it. In fact, if you love it you should strive to improve it.
As an Eagle Scout, I've been a part of numerous parades and ceremonies involving the flag. I have always been surprised at one specific observation: veterans mishandle the flag all the time. Of course, they do not mean to do it, but it still happens. My point is that as long as a person's intentions and actions are good, they should be able to make a few unintentional and harmless mistakes. Just as a veteran mishandling the flag does not negate his service, a politician mishandling does not negate his policies and resume.
I can understand the symbolism of patriotism and pride regarding those elements or emblems which reflects how a country, nation views itself. Yet and still the symbol such as the flag is a reflection of the people.
We concern ourselves about this or about that regarding the flag when I see a lack of patriotism on American's roadways. Tailgating Americans down the road, road rage on the roads, acting like the ugly American at having to wait in line, complaining of political figures while doing nothing else.
If the American flag is to have a place of pride in our country than those of us who live under that flag should be providing the status that makes the statement for all to see why this flag is so endearing to it people.
Why do you feel that way about Huffington Post? I couldn't find "the blaze" you are speaking of? If it anything like the Huffington, then you shouldn't have a problem with Huffington as they are both the same. I feel that the only conservative news TRUE conservative news is on the web any more. I can't trust mainstream Media as that is 100% liberal spin and cater to the liberal agenda, maybe that is why you had a problem, because people are just tired the liberal fodder thats being put out over the airwaves. Media is so lopsided it's plain scary, and when Obama tells a business to turn off Fox News, the only conservative network, then it tells me that he doesn't want to hear the truth. If it had been CNN obama would not have said word one.
There really shouldn't be a conservative news and a liberal news. The fact that you acknowledge such a difference yet still consider one side to be "true" indicates that you likely are being propagandized willingly. True news shouldn't have an opinion.
You are correct there shouldn't be a bias one way or another, but there is. I never said that I believe, one side or another, (media wise)I just said that there is no decent conservative news on mainstream media. If only CNN would be non bias, I would believe them more, but because I do not, and I do not trust FOX either, then I have to go online. And if I watch CNN then Huffington post is the other I have to read. I am not being "propagandized willingly" I have my own feelings, and do lean towards conservative thoughts, always have, even as a child.
That definitely takes the cake. My favorite part of the story is this:
"It leads me to believe that it's not about the flag," she told FoxNews.com. "Certain elements cannot accept Barack Obama as president."
Yeah, I'm sure racism is the only reason anyone would be upset with putting someone's face on the flag and displaying it. Heck, that's why all us white folk have been flying Bush flags for the last 4 years...
Melissa-I only even brought that up because Sarah Palin was only leaning on it and there was a big stink about it, so I was just curious about what people would think about the flag bikini clad women, since the flag is only touching her womanly parts.
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