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:: She's a Grand Old Flag ::

“The basis of our political system is the right of the people 
to make and to alter their constitutions of government.” 

~ George Washington’s Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

The beautiful American flag. There are no words to describe what this flag means 
to the average U.S. citizen. Everything. History. Pride.  And more. and with the flag 
comes responsibility as well. If you are going to display the flag their are certain
 guidelines and rules that should be followed. An easy list can be found HERE 
at CVS flags. American Flag Etiquette. 

It is not just in Arizona or California that our flag is offensive, it is now apparently offensive all over the United States.

"If my flag offends you, then I will get right in your face with it, and defend it to the death"
That is what a Morgan Hill resident said to a police officer after she was told to put her American flag
away during a Cinco De Mayo parade... or face arrest.  She chose to be arrested instead of hiding her flag.

Several students in an Arizona High School wearing American flag bandannas and American flag T-shirts were told by the principal that the flags were offensive and to remove the bandannas, and turn their T-shirts inside out. They refused to change their shirts. They were suspended from school.

:: this is going to make me get up on my soapbox ::

Folks, I have to stand with the gal from Morgan Hill and get right in your face with my flag. 
This is America. You, are standing on precious American soil. If you are here from another 
country, and you find that the American flag is offensive to you, then you really shouldn't be here. 
Because the plain and simple truth is this: If you find that the American flag is offensive to you, 
then you are offensive to me. Why are you here? 

What has happened to America? Why are so many of us ashamed of  our country and of our flag?

I'll tell you why.  If Americas leader has no respect for flag or country, neither does it's people.

There is a very large swath of Americans who take symbols like the pledge of allegiance, 

the national anthem, and yes, even the American flag in it's many iterations very, 
very seriously. We are called "The average American citizen". In a Gallup Survey, 
and more surveys like it, there remains a simple, well-known and blaring truth: 

7 in 10 Americans consider themselves moderate or very religious Christians.

Did you know that? Americans still claim a religion despite the trend towards "unbranded" religion.

It also indicates that Americans tend to get more religious not less with age. So, if that is true, why all
the trouble? It's time to take back what is ours. That means the American flag is very special once again,
it means that it is alright to express your religion - no matter what it is, that you can wear the flag, or the
cross, or whatever symbol you want. And it means you can say "Merry Christmas" again without fear.
Because, this is who we are. This is what we desire. This is our country. And if you don't like that. Get out.

I'm as tolerant as they come. I am understanding and kind to everyone. I can respect you, 

your religion, your Holidays, your language, all of that. But, and most importantly...

I expect that same understanding and respect for what I believe as well. Simple as that. 

Do not strip away every sign and symbol precious to me, instead, add your own.
And to that end, Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July everyone!

Four freedoms: The first is freedom of speech and expression – everywhere in the world. 
The second is freedom of everyone to worship God in his own way – everywhere in the world. 
The third is freedom from want – everywhere in the world. 
The fourth is freedom from fear – anywhere in the world. 

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt U.S. President


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