The American flag is under attack. Unfortunately, it is becoming a common target of those who spew anti-American rhetoric.
The latest example comes to us from Laguna Beach, California.
The Laguna Beach Police Department had American flag lettering painted onto their patrol cars to spell out the word police.
There was some backlash from residents who saw the American flag colors as too “aggressive.”
Laguna Beach Councilman Steve Dicterow said this about the controversy: “Unfortunately, this has devolved into a debate about what the flag means. What does the symbolism of the flag… And there are people in Laguna Beach, as well as elsewhere, who are saying that the flag is hostile. It’s intimidating. It’s threatening. And that it’s a symbol of racism.”
A local artist spoke out against the flag design at a city council meeting, calling the patriotic design “too aggressive.”
This is a common refrain amongst social justice warriors: America is a disgrace.
These people are triggered by the American flag.
In Iowa, a student was pressured into apologizing to the principal of another high school, when other students were offended that he and his fellow students wore red, white and blue at a basketball game.
Many players on the opposing team were from refugee families.
An alum of the opposing team said this of the students: “This is an example of BLATANT racism. ALL participating should have been pulled and banned from ALL VHS extracurricular events for the remainder of the year! As a parent, I’d be mortified that my son or daughter thought this way, acted in this fashion and refrained from taking a stand against this 21st century inexcusable behavior.”
Inexcusable behavior? Supporting America is inexcusable?
The students took the high road and apologized to the opposing team’s principal. They wrote: “We are deeply sorry if we have offended anyone in any way … please know that our intent was in no way to offend or demean — just to support our own team in a way we have done before.”
It is a reflection on our society today that these students felt compelled to offer an apology for supporting America.
The Pledge of Allegiance has been taken out at many schools, because it is patriotic and references God.
American flags are burnt and our soldiers are often not treated with the reverence they deserve.
How could anyone be offended by the American flag? We have had our share of discrimination throughout our history, however, that is not the country we are in 2019.
However, freedom and dignity of the individual have been more available here than any other country on earth.
The flag represents liberty. Liberty is an ideal worth defending. Principals are stronger than personalities. Just because our nation has fallen short of these ideals at times, doesn’t mean that we should give up on liberty.
Millions have given their lives in the name of liberty. The servicemen were inspired by that flag. They died for that flag, and by disgracing the flag, we desecrate their sacrifice.
Many kids are not properly taught about American history. They are not educated on the unique nature of America. We are the only nation in history to be founded on the ideals of liberty, that makes us unique.
There was no ancient civilization of Americans. We were founded on timeless principals. Principals that brought people of different nationalities and colors to a foreign land bonded by this yearning for freedom.
The American flag is a representation of these ideals and no one should feel ashamed for proudly displaying the red, white and blue banner.
Johnny Cash once sang a song titled “Ragged Old Flag.”
The final stanza is a powerful statement of patriotism: “So, we raise her up every morning. We take her down every night. We don’t let her touch the ground and we fold her up right. On second thought, I do like to brag. Cause I’m mighty proud of that ragged old flag.”