Taking a Stand

Written November 24, 2016

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~Dr Martin Luther King Jr

(“You” is not necessarily addressing you the reader)

Another quote comes to mind when I read this, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything “(Author disputed).

In this country, and others around the world, people who feel injustice and oppression are standing up and raising voices(many times fists too) in protest. The problem in America is that some of the narratives, or reasons, are wrong or walk a fine line of being right. Also, while I applaud “you” for “your” protesting because “you” are exercising “your” First Amendment rights of free speech, the way the protests are being done has not always been good.

One example is, during both the Republican and Democratic conventions, when people burned the American flag in protest. I don’t know if the young generations realize the importance of the flag or if they do they don’t know care. Disrespecting the flag in any way is not the way to do it.

To begin with, even tho it’s disputed that Betsy Ross made the first American flag in the 1700’s, the fact remains that it is a symbol of our freedom from England and other countries that have tried to control us.

Over the years America became involved with helping other countries seeking to be free from their oppressors as well as repaying a debt of gratitude when those countries helped us. Many men and women have sacrificed and risked their lives for “you” and “your” Freedom. That’s what the American Flag means/symbolizes to military men and women as well as many, MANY other Americans.

“You” can ask any soldier, someone married to, a parent or a child of a soldier and I bet will tell “you” that when you disrespect the flag “you” not only disrespect them but it feels like “you” are stomping all over their heart.

Even tho it’s not illegal anymore to stomp on, set fire to, wave other country flags higher than it or show disrespect the American flag in other ways, it still doesn’t make it right. Doing that is still considered Freedom of Speech. I could even protest with others about how “you” disrespect the flag, and that is considered my Freedom of Speech.  

I ask that “you” consider a couple of things if “you” are a person who disrespects the American Flag. If “you” were in a soldier’s shoes and you fought for America as they have how would “you” feel if someone disrespected and desecrated the flag? Or how about this, think of another symbol that honors and celebrates “you” and it was disrespected and desecrated like that? I’m guessing and hoping it wouldn’t feel to good.

Thought for the day: I may have had my heart broken by a soldier, but I’m still very passionate about and love the American Flag and what it stands for. Freedom. Your Freedom and mine. Sure there’s problems in this country but instead of being part problems why not try to be part of the solution?

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