The Flag of the United States of America
If you serve or have served in a foreign land while in the US military the flag stands for freedom. It stands apart from all other flags as it represents liberty. In battle the US Flag brings comfort to our allies and strikes terror and fear in the hearts of our enemies.
In recent times there is much controversy and misinformation concerning the US Flag so often referred to as the American Flag or the Stars and Stripes. Public figures in sports, entertainment and politicians sitting in elected offices across our nation have taken to openly disrespecting the flag, the anthem and the nation as their freedom of speech under the Constitution.
It is my belief that they simply don’t know or realize that what they are doing is detrimental and contributing to the loss of those very freedoms they enjoy. Some have knelt for publicity or public attention, others due to peer pressure and still more as a public statement of disrespect and still others have sought attention by igniting and burning the flag as a sign of protest.
I believe that several factors contribute to the normalizing of what we now see. First is the lack of respect, for one nation under God for which our flag stands, in the home, at school, in the workplace and in the media and social media. Parents and teachers do not teach or instill that respect. Employers cower in the face of adversity. Newspapers, magazines and the talking heads on radio and television only seek higher ratings. Social media outlets become complicit in suppressing the truth when it becomes a political necessity. Elected officials forsake their oath of office for political power and prostitute themselves for the sake of votes.
It is time to look at the history of our nation over the past 240+ years to understand where we came from as a people so that we understand the history of the American Flag and why it is so disrespectful to commercialize, desecrate or vandalize the flag. To those who say the US Flag is offensive or claim it is racist I say that you are free to leave its protection. – I am the Real Truckmaster!