The Fine Line of Patriotism
I recently posted a saying, “You don’t need to attend every argument you’re invited to.” For me that is easier said than done. It’s not about arguing for arguments sake at times it’s much more than that. They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What one man sees as art or as beauty is seen as junk to another and that’s ok. There is no way we will agree in matters of the heart or country.
Professional athletics tend to view the flag as something to focus their displeasure over injustice and simply something they abhor and dishonor because they can. I have seen Veterans cowering to peer pressure from teammates and coaches because they dare to stand alone before the flag. It is shameful on the part of anyone who utilizes bully tactics against another especially purposes such as this.
So we can lash out and make all kinds of rash and rational statements which only fuel division and conflict or we can view this as a “Teachable moment” for young and old alike.
When you see the stars and stripes; old glory; the red, white and blue what do you see?
You may see a piece of cloth hanging on a pole being blown by the wind; a representation of the United States of America, the land of the free and the home of the brave; you may see oppression; defiance of a person, position or government; or you may see nothing at all.
Members of the U.S. military see the flag as the symbol of freedom, of home, mom, dad and apple pie. The flag is a sacred covering for a fallen comrade from a grateful nation. The flag signifies dignity, honor and patriotic love of country. The flag is a welcome sight upon returning from foreign soil. The flag is America in its finest hour. The flag is you and the flag is me – we are Americans.
“There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America,” he declared, “There’s a United States of America. There’s not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America. There’s a United States of America.”– Barack H. Obama
So I want to challenge each of us to lay down the baton of political correctness, join together arm-in-arm and begin to honor the nation where many of us were born. Those who come from foreign countries understand the value of the Flag more so than many who were born in this country. It is to our advantage to strive to become the very best we can be as we contribute to the success of this great country.
“I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace, than to risk peace in pursuit of politics. As president I will always put what is best for America and what is best for the American people.” Donald J. Trump
So I ask you what is your idea of patriotism – is it the flag, the country or self? It’s such a fine line. – I am the Real Truckmaster!