Your lack of patriotism is something up with which the Tulsa World will not put.
Demanding allegiance every damn day.
Under the cantankerous Fly your flag … and do it right headline, the Tulsa World editorial page lets its freak fly.
Occasionally, we see flags displayed in violation of flag etiquette. Particularly galling are those who fly worn and tattered American flags that need to be properly retired and replaced.
Particularly galling, really?
You’re worried about fabric, are you, protocol, how the flag, if it’s flown, adheres to all the rules, and if it’s “properly retired and replaced” — and not whether the flag fluttering in the summer breeze out back is a cheap sop? Forest, the trees are on line one. Who are you, anyway— you should pardon the expression and belicose snark — the flag Nazis?
This, again, is a Tulsa World editorial — not an op-ed written by some veterans group or flag manufacturing rep, not penned by some former vice president who didn’t serve because “’I had other priorities … than military service’’ — but actual editorial writers who have come out firmly in support of flag waving and front porches.
We encourage everyone to fly the flag on Flag Day and every day as a statement of what unifies our nation.
Why not demand recitation of the pledge, too, while you’re at it? Hey, you know what would be fun and unifying? Let’s get all the kids together, make them pick their favorite cabinet secretaries, and have them practice shameless fawning. What better way to instill a love for the office of the president?
How many times does this need to be said? We don’t have loyalty oaths here, we don’t recommend, much less demand displays of fealty to the country. It comes from within — or it doesn’t. And if it doesn’t, you still get invited to the Memorial Day or Independence Day barbecue and get a burger, because America doesn’t have membership cards or litmus tests for citizenship — it has friends, communities, neighbors. We used to like that about the place.
It is wrong and disrespectful to fly the American flag improperly.
The American flag is the symbol of our nation, and an emotional focal point for patriotism, especially among those who have gone to battle for their nation or lost loved ones in wars.
Less than one half of one percent of this country serves in the military. You want to honor them? Make sure Iraq doesn’t happen again, make sure Vietnam doesn’t happen again, make sure politicians don’t use their service for campaign fodder in a :30 spot, make sure congress gives the V.A. enough money for beds and magnetic resonance imaging machines.
The American flag is the symbol of the greatest nation on the Earth, and a unifying emblem for a diverse nation. Fly it often, proudly and properly.
Anyone know the words to uber Alles?
One more thing: should you have a flag in terrible shape, fly it on the front porch, anyway, if you so desire, and let the wind do its thing. Nobody, except maybe a Tulsa World editorial writer, will judge you.
This, too, from USflag.org.
The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.