“I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it someday for a crown.”~George Bennard; American composer
“You’re a grand old flag; You’re a high flying flag. And forever in peace may you wave.”~George M. Cohan
The “free to be me” and “anything goes” society we now exist in has taken the First Amendment and perverted it to meet the narcissist temperament of a new generation.
Radical civil rights groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, have taken up the cause of these people, to obliterate the precious Freedom of Speech, fought for by the men and women in the US military.
For instance, there have been many cases in court of late on the issue of crosses and the Ten Commandments displayed on territory paid for by taxpayers. People protest, complain, and sue in court claiming that these symbols violate their civil rights because of “separation of church and state”.
When judges rule these symbols unconstitutional, they gratify the whiners, but trample on the rights of the citizens who would like these symbols displayed. By appeasing those who demand the removal of these symbols, they uphold the first segment of the First Amendment by violating the second.
Christians who are not offended by the cross obviously do not protest loudly enough. Judges rule on the side of those who ‘yell the loudest’, just as parents who pay more attention to the child who cries more.
It is similar to the beliefs brought forth by Dr. Benjamin Spock about disciplining children. People who adhered to Dr. Spock’s way of raising children; about what disciplining your children does to their self-esteem, have produced a horde of spoiled brats. These brats believe the world is theirs to do whatever they want to do with it.
The same trend is extending to the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Protesters snivel about the words, “one nation, under God”, in the Pledge, and claim no one should force them to recite it. In many high schools now, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is optional and most children remain seated, while a few still stand, hands on their hearts, to honor the symbol of freedom.
The majority of citizens in the United States still understand what many have sacrificed, so that we remain free. They continue to be loyal to those who died to protect those freedoms we enjoy every day. They see the flag as a symbol of those sacrifices. They do not have a problem with publicly displaying their gratitude.
It is sad that protesters of the Pledge do not know what they are missing. They do not feel pride and emotions well up from within while saying the words, “I Pledge Allegiance”. People should feel sorry for them, not be angry with them. No one can ever teach them to feel this way. If they do not feel it now, they never will. For that reason alone, people should pity them.
What is particularly disturbing is the fact that there are extremists backed by the ACLU, who believe it is their constitutional right to burn the US flag, and therefore freely exercise their Freedom of Speech.
These thoughts are most troubling because the colors of the US flag mean the following:
- White: Signifies purity and innocence
- Red: Hardiness and valor
- Blue: Vigilance, perseverance, and justice
To those outside of these fanatics’ way of thinking, it appears that those who want to burn the flag are telling the world that they oppose honor and valor. They want to annihilate innocence, and they do not believe in justice.
The stars on the US Flag symbolize the heavens and the stripes are symbolic of the rays of light from the sun.
In essence, then, flag-burners disregard and disrespect the sun and sky by what they are doing. This is most perplexing since flag-burners are the ones who believe in global warming and in the Big Bang Theory. If they burn something that stands for what they claim they are trying to save by pushing their ‘go green’ agenda, how can anyone take them seriously? How do they make others believe them?
This brings it full circle; the flag-burners and those who want to take down all religious symbols, and those against reciting the Pledge, do not believe in what they are protesting. They only want others to see them, to pay attention to them, like the spoiled children raised with guidance from Dr. Spock.
It has become increasingly popular for virtual unknowns, so-called ‘celebrities’ to jump on this bandwagon. For instance, actor Anne Garofalo said, “When I see the American flag, I go, ‘Oh my God, you’re insulting me.”
Ironically, she feels insulted by the symbol of the only country that would pay her the amount of money she makes, for whatever it is she does.
How do we put an end to this, “give me, look at me, satisfy me” mentality? Perhaps someone should take them out back to the woodshed, and give them a good old-fashion spanking.