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Time to sweep away the ashes of our burnt and defiled American banner. Very soon,  the bold, the beautiful American flag will re-assume its rightful symbol of the great American ideals all Americans really stand for. Here's some ideas on how we can all resurrect and reclaim this sacred symbol of our country.

  1. If you do not already have an American flag, go out and buy the biggest one you can and Nov. 5th, if Obama safely prevails,  proudly fly it on your house, your ranch, business as publicly as you can. For it will have taken on great new meaning, hope and history.
  1. If fireworks are legal in your state and you have some or can get some and it is safe to do so, let loose all the pyrotechnical noise and beauty you can the minute CNN calls the election regardless of the hour.
  1.  Keep your flag up through the inauguration. This is the time to show what liberal, progressive patriotism is about.

What we may soon experience is nothing less than a revolution, a liberation from eight years of unacceptable economic tyranny and outrageous foreign policy abroad in our name and our flag. Let's not be so quick to slide back into indifference after the election but re-enforce conquest by celebrating no less than we would the first time America experienced independence.

And staying involved, passionate and  active in the difficult and hard work of change.

Wave that fresh, new beautiful flag November 5, 2008.

Originally posted to Vulnavia on Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 10:04 PM PDT.


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  •  Can I just fly a giant bank flag? (1+ / 0-)
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    Put up a "Your Tax Dollars at Work" sign outside the downtown building with all the stock brokerages?  Isn't this the new patriotism?

    Democracy is not just about Election Day. The day after Election Day, you have to demand that the next President stand up for you, not Exxon Mobil ~B. Sanders

    by ActivistGuy on Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 10:40:57 PM PDT

    •  Can I just fly a giant bank flag? (1+ / 0-)
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      Diesel Kitty

      No. Cut the cynical bit. Go get an American flag, put the flag up Nov 5. Reclaim it and get on with hope.

    •  No, consider this instead.... (0+ / 0-)

      I think most progressives like myself, have burnt up the flag of patriotism in our hearts countless times over the last eight years. Even though dissent is truly patriotic. But if we're really honest, and not crippled with irreversible cynicism, we still might harbor a little place in our hearts to reclaim it. The Obama movement suggests a mandate to restore a new set of values (really old) and in doing so, a new way of relating to the Flag. A return, in fact, to a more intelligent and sensible patriotism this country is about. What the country was founded upon and what our veterans fought and died for in the name of true freedom.

      As a special friend suggested today, perhaps it's time to revisit what patriotism, what the flag, really means now and moving forward.

  •  The flag (0+ / 0-)

    is not my bag. When the rest of the world quits burning it for legitimate reasons, maybe I'll look upon our flag as a symbol of greatness. I stopped worshipping it in junior high. I will stand when others do, but I won't put my hand over my heart nor will I say the pledge of allegiance. These gestures have always seemed hollow to me, especially when I would see people who had just done this genuflecting then go on to cheat on their taxes, advocate war, beat their partners, drive drunk, and the thousand other things Americans can do that are disrespectful and dishonorable. I've watched big macho men in trucks with flags on them throw their garbage out the window. I've seen a mother whacking at her child while driving her flag-stickered mini van. Marines and other soldiers who represent our country and have flag patches on their uniforms have raped, murdered and burnt in the name of that flag. America is not the flag. It is a country that has made huge mistakes all over the world. When Barack wins, I will be heaving a great sigh of relief, but I will not fly a symbol of American terrorism until we have healed our relationship with the rest of the world.

    My name is Cindy Hussein Rose. I am not afraid.

    by crose on Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 11:13:09 PM PDT

    •  The flag (0+ / 0-)

      Why don't yo let go of all that animosity and cynicism and contribute to this promising jump start of hope?

      •  I have contributed (0+ / 0-)

        many many dollars to this jump start. You brought up a point in a diary that has so far garnered few comments. I have added my comments. I don't use symbols in my celebrations. I find them trite and easily mastered for ill purposes. Believe me, I will be celebrating, just not by flying a symbol. If you wish to fly the flag, by all means do so. You won't be alone.

        My name is Cindy Hussein Rose. I am not afraid.

        by crose on Sun Oct 26, 2008 at 11:28:05 PM PDT

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