We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Because, despite our tendency for cheerful irreverence towards many if not most things in life, juxtaposing the thought, in my mind, of flag-draped coffins made the silly girl objectionable to me. I'd reconsider, though, without the body paint.
I thought it was a pretty good debate. On the one hand, the 'slippery slope' argument is undeniably correct, that there are some symbols that should never be taken lightly.
On the other hand, reality is reality, and modern folks just do not invest symbols with the same power as of old.
Maybe it's the communications revolution--with so much info out there--and so available--the shorthand of symbols just have less function than they had in the past.
I mean, I saw the gal, and my first thought was, when she walks, does the flag wave?
Then you let the other argument sink in, that flag as what it meant atop Mount Suribachi, say, or on so many other battlefields where the nation behind it was undergoing the severest tests, and you realize that something has changed somewhere.
When I took off my Marine uniform for the last time, my 'Marineness' did not go away. It was just cloth I removed. Take away the cloth of our flag and the ideals behind it are still there just the same. No matter a different physical representation.
Whatever symbol places the thought of the USA and freedom being synonymous, and in the forefront of people's minds, works for me.
But understand I am not being dismissive of the other side of this debate, not in the least. It is a contentious issue and will continue to be, no matter what any of us think.
Besides the flag, I think the ultimate symbol of American freedom is the scantly clad babe. If I was an Islamic imam just the thought of those two together would make me want to shred a prayer rug. I think this frustrated tension is the real reason why they hate our freedoms.
Good thought, commander. Another fine symbol of American freedom is saying what we want to say without censor. Of course, it is the blog host's right to censor anything he wants.
It all became parody because someone acted like a playground bully...... as if anyone would mock our flag who visits here!
Besides, that particular flag wasn't going to be burned, dropped in a gutter after a parade or pooped on. I'm sure it would have been treated with immense care as America does love her hotties. .....Give me your voluptuaries, your hotties. I lift my hand beside the lovely whore...
Now look I know you are all laughing your asses off, no slack for the ignorant and all that, but stop please, my damn ears are burning off. Geeze, some days you just shouldn't touch a keyboard. Yes, me anon three times. Well really, you're supposed to throw salt over shoulder three times aren't you.