I thought I’d share this. I hope it expresses my thoughts towards our flag appropriately enough for people to understand.
I recently made a comment to a FB friend. Like many others, she seems confused as to why people stand for our flag. Now, much of the comment was responding to comments she made. So, it may be less clear than I wish it to be. But, let me be clear about this, she’s a friend.
XXX I’m a veteran. I can tell you unequivocally our flag is not about our servicemen. It’s certainly not why I stand for our flag. Indeed, the people in our military are taught to respect our flag in various ways, but, it is never to simply show respect for our fellow defenders. Our flag, that is, yours and mine, is NOT emblematic of our military. It is emblematic of our nation.
So, this begs the question of what is “our nation”? It is, in part, our military, our guardians. But, that’s just a small part. It’s our people, it is our land, but, mostly, it is the idea of this nation. Sure, pay respects to the people who have offered to die for this nation, if need be, and the many who have. That’s part of respect for the flag. It is also, respect for our fellow citizens, our commonality and pursuit towards a common cause.
But, what is our “idea”, our common cause? The 2nd paragraph of our Declaration of Independence is the start of our common cause …… “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” ……. I would note, the thoughts expressed here were a near echo of other thoughts already expressed, but, they omitted the reference to the rights “endowed by their Creator”. Our founders had purposely inserted this notion, which, entirely changes the meaning.
That this nation has no king is also, not by happenstance, but, rather derived directly from the Bible. Our Constitution is derived from the notions expressed in the Bible. Indeed, one of our founders, John Adams, had this to say about our Constitution ….. ” Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, • would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” .
The foundation and the idea of this nation is centered entirely on God’s Word. I suppose the central notion is freedom. As you well know, God is the Father of freedom. No legitimate government can be founded otherwise. As far as I know, no other government has been. This is our notion, our idea, for our people, for our land, one nation, under God, indivisible. <—— This is our flag!!!!
I yearn for this nation to be a moral and religious nation. I desire that the people of this nation understand our rights, our freedoms are endowed by our Creator. I pray that we may once again be one nation under God. I respect our guardians who gave so much for this idea. This is why I stand for our (yours and mine) flag. I’ve never once tried to compel people to do so, nor, do I advocate doing such. But, then, if they don’t, then, they’ve lost all of my respect.
BTW, it isn’t idolatry to do so. Standing, rather than kneeling, is intentional. Standing means you are a part of whatever you are standing for, kneeling means you are subservient to whatever you are kneeling for. I don’t want anyone to kneel for our flag. Then, it does become idolatry.
Something to keep in mind…
We are the only country coming from “we the people”..
…the rest are coming from Kings, monarchies, rulers, etc
For those countries to move to socialism, is a step up for them…
…for us, it’s going down
They should be trying to move toward us…
…not us move toward them
Lat, Socialism is still having a king, monarchy, ruler…maybe you’ll get a vote, but being able to merely elect who dictates how you live, isn’t much of a step up.
And anyway, socialism is just ‘early’ communism. Control is only sustained by ever increasing it.
I get what you’re saying…but it’s still a step up for them…and a huge step down for us
You no more need to explain our flag to anyone than to explain a hammer to a carpenter. They know exactly what it is. They’ve just decided that they hate carpentry.
Well said!!!!! Our flag represents the greatest nation on earth..
I agree, even though I am not convinced in this religious thing any more am I convinced with the powers to be with their global warming declarations! To Me both are PPM, Power Prestige and Money! But you are free to believe what you will, and I think you would do in kind. I don’t like people that protest because it makes them popular or use their popularity to protest. If they are protesting because they genuinely have a problem that impacts them and their life directly, then I have no problem with that! But keep it peaceful and make your voices heard. Because where it counts is at the ballot boxes!
And everyone knows that is the Bottom Line, because that is where the laws of the land are written and enforced, except when it comes to the liberals!
If they all want to impeach the POTUS, then it is fare that those that are doing that, that a close look at their conduct should be conducted and the same should be evaluated on them as well! Impeachment for all, or let the government run! But Trump says mean things, and all the others does what again?
Antifa is planning a new round of nationwide riots on November 4 as part of a plot to start a “civil war” that will lead to the overthrow of the Trump administration.
Far-left militants plan to “gather in the streets and public squares of cities and towns across this country” in the hope of building momentum for civil unrest that leads to nothing less than domestic regime change.
I recently made a comment to a FB friend. ????????? Really???FB after telling everyone about it???? So why the change?????LMAO!
Ya know, ya don’t even need to answer that, I already know! Giggity! LMAO!
I should probably file this under the “too little too late” heading…
Seems the NFL has now decided to stand….with varying degrees of protest before and after
They still don’t give a crap…..NFL has a rule to stand during….they didn’t pull that rule out all this time…until it started kicking them in the wallet…and that’s the only reason they will stand now
Nothing has changed…they are still the hip hop gangsta ….racist….thugs they were
That last line is perfect! And true. The kneelers do not realize they are merely vowing subservience. Instead of full participation.
this fits my definition of irony…
One of my relatives just finally got out of Venezuela….it’s hard to get out
….and moved to Barcelona two weeks ago
Spain is no picnic right now, except when compared to Venezuela! I am glad your relative got out. I am just sorry more cannot be like them.
Barcelona should be perfectly fine. They don’t have a national welfare system. That’s why all the African migrants just pass through to the richer pastures of Merkel’s Germany.
It’s a lot harder to get out than most people think….they won’t let you go
This is sorta out of the frying pan..and into the fire
Dirk, she says Barcelona is upside down right now with this police and voting thing….
Right, but, that should smooth out pretty soon. I’m not sure why they felt the police had to intervene. No one expected it to be binding.
That’s what I don’t understand at all…..it’s not binding….just ignore it, the Cat’s have done this a hundred times before
…there was absolutely no reason for the police and military other than a show of force
Which has backfired on them big time…
I think, because the Western world is dumbing down.
Liberal mindset. The mere questioning of authority is enough to cause them to go ballistic. Spain is very liberal. (Left for you non-Americans).