Cross posted from my blog, The Liberal Brew.
I'm tired of the American flag.
Everywhere you look, there are American flags. On Cars, houses, pins, billboards and car dealerships. At Sporting events, marches and rallies. I challenge you to walk outside your front door right now and take a look around. Go ahead, prove me wrong.
They're literally everywhere, aren't they? Like symbols of some totalitarian government regime. Or, if you're a Christian, a graven image, as described in the 2nd of the 10 Commandments.
Allow me to explain. I don't hate the American flag - or America. In fact, I rather like the looks of it. It's well designed and the colors red, white and blue go quite nicely together.
I do hate flag worship and the right-wing extremist anti-government hate group cult that his built up around it. Passionately, in fact.
I'm tired of the like the Tea Party 'patriot' movement's insistence that in order to be a 'real' American, you must clothe yourself in it like a religious patriotic burka.
If you hate the American government and continually seek to disrupt its functions, you are not a patriotic American. No matter how many you American Flags you hang, wear or pledge allegiance to. You are anti-American. Period.
Those waving the American Flag along side the confederate flag at rallies, claiming to be protecting their 'cultural heritage', which consisted of slave ownership, insurrection and a declaration of war against the U.S. Government and the Constitution are not patriotic heroes. They are the descendants of traitors who committed treason. Period.
Those politicians who continually deny U.S. Veterans and the September 11 First Responders the benefits they were promised and that they earned as campaign props, are not patriotic Americans. They are are a disgrace. Period.
Thankfully, President Obama isn't the socialist, fascist, or Sharia law loving Muslim dictator they say he is, or these people would have all 'disappeared' by now. As disgusting as I find the actions of these right-wing extremists to be, I am thankful that I live in a country that allows them to express them publicly, without fear of arrest.
I'd like to get back to the days before flag worship was a national obsession and when seeing the American Flag instilled a sense of real patriotism, pride and respect for American values. Like these ones do:
Let's end this culture of American Flag worship. Instead of empty patriotic slogans designed to divide or win politicians votes, let's all begin practicing the values that make the American flag worthy of our respect, again.
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