The Real Flag Outrage

About nonce a year of so for the last 50 years there has been something about the flag and how it is bad for society.  The latest is a “Trump Two Step” about the knee thing that was all the rage about a year ago….Trump had to find something to divert the attention of the media and the public so why not some made up societal disrespect.

There is a bigger story there than the Trump diversion……

The flag, the Bible, the cross, the ring, the badge, the collar… we are a country rife with symbols, literally wrapped and weighted with the pomp and pageantry of the many things we’ve chosen to identify our beliefs, our memberships and positions.

These symbols are designed to represent ideals, signify philosophies, advertise status, be unspoken statements. Those who wear, bandy, raise and wield them do so because they wish for their memberships, their affiliations, their support of the symbolized groups or ideals to be known.

“I’m a Christian. I’m a married person. I’m a priest. I’m a cop. I’m an American. I’m a…” and so on.

While many who subscribe to these symbols do so with authentic belief, honest dedication, and deep attachment to what’s being symbolized, not a day goes by when someone somewhere isn’t caterwauling about this or that symbol and how and why it should or shouldn’t be worn, waved, wielded or wasted. Given all the Sturm und Drang, we’d like to presume everyone involved understands what these symbols actually stand for. But there’s growing evidence to the contrary, particularly when the words and deeds of those defending those symbols contradict and sully their inherent message:

Source: The Real Flag Outrage? When Bigots And Liars Hide Behind Stars And Stripes | HuffPost

This is all too made up…..the only purpose it serves is to change the discussion when things get a bit a of a drag.

Kneel, touch the earth.

“Oh say can you see . . . ”

The anthem starts. I can feel the courage . . . of Colin Kaepernick, the (then) San Francisco 49ers quarterback who refused to stand for the national war hymn, not when one of the wars was directed at Americans of color. Occupying the public spotlight that he did, Kaepernick risked — and received — widespread condemnation. Rabid fans burned replicas of his jersey. I’m sure as he knelt that first time, as his knee touched the earth, he had a sense of what he was setting off.

This is patriotism.

Source: The Courage to Kneel – LA Progressive

Personally, I have no time for this type of game……I prefer to deal with problems head on and leave these types of things for those of lesser minds.


7 thoughts on “The Real Flag Outrage

  1. widespread condemnation. Rabid fans burned replicas of his jersey.

    All they see is a flag and song spurned. Apparently they do not see black men murdered on the street by cops. Men who have been stopped and shot far too often without any probables cause, manufactured probable cause or the most doubtfully legitimate probable cause. Where;s the outrage my dear patriots ?

    1. Hillary is very good at it trying to mobilize her “us” against the them yet accuse Trump of the same. Nixon said “Divide that nation and be sure to get 51% .” She is the master of identity politics. Now Michelle O criticizes women for voting for Trump. How’s that for gender politics ? Madeline Albright said there’s a special place in hell for women who voted for trump. Who’s the identity politicians ? They are.

  2. I think your country’s obsession with such icons only serves to detract from the real issues that are not being addressed where they should be, in government.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Unfortunately they are in the seats of power to accomplish or not accomplish these things.Also whatever the issue may be it seems if some subsets of the population gain , other sets fall behind by the same policies.

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