Flying the Flag? Expect mixed reactions.

Today, being the 4th of July - in a troubled nation, a nation divided by political rhetoric, a nation that needs a leader.

The New York Times published a piece today (link here) that invoked a sadness and a sense of loss in me.  Here's a short quote: 

"Today, flying the flag from the back of a pickup truck or over a lawn is increasingly seen as a clue, albeit an imperfect one, to a person’s political affiliation in a deeply divided nation." 

As I was setting up my Flag display yesterday (two small flags attached to my lampost), a young couple passed by with their small child in tow without initial comment. They passed by again upon ending their walk, and the young women said to me; "you really want to put that up?"  I was taken back, and said, "What?" She just shook her head and walked away, but turned to say after a few steps, that she thought it was racist. I did not respond. I could not respond. What's the point?

But I should have responded, I should have told her of the losses my family has occurred defending this flag, and the freedom that she enjoys at the expense of those lives lost. But, that's too personal. This is a generation that can't appreciate those that gave so much to defend this country.

Today as I write this, I thought about the people I lost or suffered injuries in Vietnam, and later in the Gulf Wars. I thought of my parents and the losses they suffered in WWII and Korea. I thought of the five friends that I lost in the 911 attacks, four at WTC#1 that rode that beast to the ground from the very top floors, and one young lady at the Pentagon who suffered the terror of knowing what was coming as her plane plummeted into the building.

And yesterday I kept my mouth shut.

You can't fix this far-left mindset, they hate everything about this country. It's how they were educated.

Thankfully, a drive around the neighborhood this morning shows the usual flag displays, giving hope that all is not yet lost.

But I guess, what's really bothering me is; why did I keep those thoughts to myself? I should have responded. Is this where we are headed as a nation? Keeping our thoughts to ourselves, while others attack America from within?

I find myself saying "the tail wagging the dog" too often. We let too much of this anti-America stuff slide, thinking it will pass.

It won't pass - it will take a decade or more to unwind the hate being taught in our schools. 

Please, pull your kids out of public schools, overturn your local school boards, take control of educating your children to be responsible adults.

We did this to ourselves, admit it, and then fix it.

God Bless America.

Be well, be safe, take control, don't let the "tail wag the dog."


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