Today is June 14th, Flag Day, here in the great United States. It is a day to commemorate the official adoption of our flag back in 1777. It’s also a day for flag worshipers to pop up, those who care more about the symbol than the nation and people it represents.
If you can believe it, some people still get their panties in a bunch over “flag etiquette.” This guy goes beyond reminding us to not let the flag touch the ground:
The Flag Code clearly states that “The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.”
A living thing!
Are you kidding me? You won’t convince me the flag is a living thing until I see a bunch of hunters out in the woods trying to kill it.
Now, I’m against people abusing the flag in order to intentionally inflict emotional distress on other people. For instance, I don’t think it is a good idea to go streaking naked through a VFW meeting, stopping in the middle to wipe yourself with Old Glory. Using a blank T-Shirt would be bad; the flag makes it worse.
The difference is I’m concerned about the damage to the person-victim than the symbol-object “victim.” Defiling the fabric doesn’t harm the nation, but many in the audience would find such behavior so outrageous and offensive that it risks causing heart attacks.
If you want to see some real desecration, look for those trying to redefine the flag’s symbolic value to fit their own political ideology. Check out this gem from the Washington Times: “In other words, the flag was understood to be a symbol of the unity of people and not simply a representation of the government of the United States because at the time, there was no official government.”
So you want the anti-government crowd to co-opt the flag. Just paint a giant teabag on there and call it a day. I’m going to say, “Hell, no, Bozo!” Patriotism belongs to anyone who loves their country, but especially those who want to make it the best it can be.
Today, we’ll probable hear another call for a flag burning amendment. I’ve always found this idea amusing for its astounding level of cognitive dissonance. They want to protect a symbol of our freedoms by placing an arbitrary limit on one of our most important freedoms (First Amendment expression).
I think such an amendment would do more damage to the flag than burning millions of them. (Similarly, any legislation that bans display of the flag should be tossed for similar reasons) A call for a flag desecration amendment would probably appeal to some of the same folks also put more emphasis on a few isolated phrases in a perpetually re-translated bible over the core principles of their own savior.
Flag worshipers want to prove their patriotism by treating the flag like a holy relic. Ask them if they know whether that flag was made in China.
On Flag Day, take a more reasonable level of reverence. Respect the flag as a symbol, but don’t worship it. Doing so will distract you from continuing attempts to ruin the nation that it stands for.