Flying The Flag

Here is a very good post by South Florida blogger Ripclawe of Narcissistic Views on News/Politics on the sudden increase in interest in flying the Stars and Stripes among certain circles in the wake of the elections. Please make sure to check it out.
The post struck a nerve with me as I have noticed the same phenomenon in my own neighborhood where Obama supporters who have rarely, if ever, flown the flag are suddenly not ashamed to show their patriotism. That’s fine and well, but I find it sad when decent people feel that it’s OK to express pride in your country only when “your guy” is president. That’s the only reasonable conclusion I can draw. BTW, the same rules apply to all sides.
I don’t consider myself more patriotic than these folks. Trust me. Maybe I need to see this as a sign that we’re truly becoming united when it comes to supporting and being proud to be Americans, but please excuse my skepticism. Especially when some of these same people didn’t have a problem openly displaying their hate for President George W. Bush these past four to eight years with bumper stickers and the like, while the Stars and Stripes stayed ensconced inside their homes. I guess that’s where my feelings originate from.
The Stars and Stripes has been proudly flying (right side up – the only acceptable way) in front of my house every single day for the past 2 years or so (I’m sorry I didn’t start flying it earlier). It’s the least I can do to express my unwavering support for this country and especially for those who wake up every day fighting for freedom all around the world.
And it’s not coming down anytime soon, regardless of who my president is.

3 thoughts on “Flying The Flag”

  1. I have had a flagpole with a lit flag in front of my house since I bought it 15 years ago. I live in a very liberal neighborhood (went for Obama by over 65%) and have seldom seen many flags flying. I did have an “Impeach Bush/Cheney” sign and many Obama signs throughout. I am out in LA where I attended a Hispanic business awards ceremony and few, if any, gave thanks to this country for their success. I’m not so sure this current “in crowd” will ever change their stripes.

  2. Robert,
    Let’s remember that these are part of the “feel good” over “reason” crowd … they want to be liked and accepted by the rest of the world through their warped reality, which dictates that Americans are not liked in the world because “we are guilty of something” … the guilt has been associated for the past 8 yrs with President Bush (albeit the reality that no matter what we do or say, we will always be hated by many).
    This same warped sense of reality makes them think that now that Obama has become our president, our image will change and when we travel abroad, we don’t have to pretend to be “Canadians” or feel ashamed of our country any longer … just like our “First Lady to be”, Michelle Obama, stated during the primaries … she’s now one of many who “For the first time … are proud to be Americans” …
    Let’s remember to celebrate Veterans’ Day tomorrow!!! As you stated, Patriotism is not contingent to who’s in the White House!
    I wish you well 🙂 Melek
    “To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don’t be.”
    ~ Golda Meir

  3. I hear that the same thing is happening in the DC area. A lot of Obama voters are discovering patriotism. I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing or neither, but it is interesting.

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