The flag laid in shambles after being burned in the name of protest. This trend, abusing the flag to enhance a narrative, has become increasingly popular in recent years and it has to stop.
Many do not grasp the contradiction behind burning the American flag; by destroying the flag as a form of protest, they are essentially saying “We don’t care about what the flag represents”. Yet, they want their voices to be heard without penalty, they want justice and equality for all. Justice, equality, and freedom of speech are the core principals of American lifestyle, as represented by the very flag they are burning.
Red, White, and Blue.
Red, the color of courage, which calls to us the courage exemplified by our service men and women. These soilders ensure that our fundamental principal, freedom, is never stripped from us. The flag represents their sacrifice, which is why a folded flag is presented to the families of the fallen soilders as a symbol of gratitude. Destroying the flag is a direct disrespect of their service and sacrifice.
The white stripes stand for liberty and equality. The fight for equality is a battle that has raged on for centuries and continues today. If you are fighting for equality and justice, you should be waving the flag as a reminder of the values it represents.
“If anyone, then, asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him – it means just what Concord and Lexington meant; what Bunker Hill meant; which was, in short, the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world had ever known – the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties.” Henry Ward Beecher
Blue represents loyalty. Loyalty to ones country is a principal that is fading into oblivion here in the United States. Many threatened to abandon the country after an unfavorable presidental election, instead of being ostricised for these comment, many were praised. If you do not exemplify loyalty to your country, how can you go about fixing the problems within the nation? In order to invoke change you have to be committed to the cause as well as the nation itself. Your anger and outrage at the current events should stem from the love of your nation because you do not want American life to head in a negative direction. By all means, protest, fight! Fight out of loyalty for your country and all the values you hold close to your heart.
The flag as a whole stands for liberty, justice and humanity. It is an embodiment of freedom: freedom of speech, assembly of the press, and religion. Without these principals, America would not be the country we know and love.
“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” -Mark Twain
It is essential to understand that you can be angry, infuriated and outraged at the events that transpire in our country and still love the USA. The actions of the government should not destroy your love for this country. You can be pissed off and a patriot nonetheless. After all, there is no greater example of the American way than fighting for your God given rights with Ole Glory at your side.