Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Score One For Flag H8red On My Watch

 I'm reposting the same text that I posted about ten years ago which recalled events ten years earlier. A "score" is 20 years right?

Back in 2000 I announced to some former coworkers that my wife and I and our two toddlers were planning to buy a house up in Oceanside. The La Jolla chemistry lab where I had worked was mainly staffed by foreign students and postdocs, but the US students and post docs who were there were mostly the products of elite American universities. One of them looked at me and in all earnestness said: "You know they fly flags up there don't you?"*

Now this was all pre-9/11, but it did typify the mentality at elite universities--even among hard science students who people think are apolitical.  Link

Flag Day is just around the corner (June 14th). We all know that God hates flags, but this isn't a religious holiday. There have always been those who express visceral negative reaction towards the flag. There are probably far more who keep it to themselves. Do they feel the same way at Arlington? Do they feel the same way on July 4th?  If so, it's important to know which way the numbers are changing, demographically. Are there more flag h8ters today than there were 20 years ago?  

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*If you know San Diego County geography and history, you know why this is so.

9 comments:

Sixty Grit said...

I grew up in Maryland. We used to take field trips to Fort McHenry.

Also, we frequently went to the Smithsonian, where we could see the actual flag that flew over that fort in 1814.

Eventually we moved to Frederick, home of Francis Scott Key.

Wherever one went one was reminded of the great history of our flag and our nation. My father is now buried in the same cemetery as old Francis, and Barbara Fritchie, who gained fame during the war of northern aggression.

But I no longer fly the flag. I have several, including a small replica of the original SSB, a 36 star flag, a 48 star flag from when I was young, but to paraphrase Ronald Reagan, I didn't leave the United States, the United States left me. We are now ruled by a cabal of our enemies and there is not one politician who stands for American values these days.

Calypso Facto said...

Just last year the bourgeoise-criminal coalition tossed bricks at vehicles with flags and Molotov cocktails at houses with flags. Left mine on both as bait, but no takers...

ndspinelli said...

I would walk along Lake Monona in Madison. I would walk miles w/o ever seeing a US flag.

Sixty Grit said...

Or an American.

Amartel said...

People who have come to the conclusion that they're just too good for the rest of us. Their way of signaling this is flag hatred.

Amartel said...

When they were burning the flag it was "just a flag" and we were instructed to stop being so uptight about the free expression.
Now that they are talking about being traumatized by the mere sight of it, is it still "just a flag?"

bagoh20 said...

I have flown an American flag 24/7 (lighted at night) over my home ever since I owned a home. In California, I was the first on the block, and soon after many others popped up. Here in Vegas, I put up a 20 ft pole and fly it on the corner of the neighborhood intersection, which is on my property. Every who drives into the neighborhood is greeted by a healthy dose of Americanism. I do it to protect my neighborhood from the women of "The View". You never know when one might be slithering about.

Two things regular citizens do that make me feel really good: 1) Displaying the American flag 2) legally carrying a gun while not wearing a mask.

Sixty Grit said...

"A" gun? Step up your game, bro!

bagoh20 said...

I also carry a scornful gaze set on full auto.