Monday, September 8, 2008
It Matters Not WHY
"I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself, the pictured suggestion of that big thing which makes this nation. My stars and my stripes are your dream and your labors. They are bright with cheer, brilliant with courage, firm with faith, because you have made them so out of your heart. For you are the makers of the flag and it is well that you glory in the making." ~Franklin Knight Lane
What is the truth behind this picture? According to several internet sources, 84 trash bags full of American flags were found around dumpsters, following the Democratic National Convention. The DNC responds "I mean, c'mon, we were never ever going to throw out flags."
A strong serving of "vegetable soup of emotions" has settled inside me. It matters not how or why this picture came to be.
This image slays me.
On one side... if anyone was truly this disrespectful of our flag, I feel nauseated.
On another side, if this picture was "staged" and our flag was used in such a cruel political game, I feel ashamed.
Our sons and daughters have fought for generations under this emblem of greatness. Under no circumstances should our Banner of Freedom be abused!
The outside of my home is adorned with an American flag. The inside of my garage is the home of flags which have become tattered and torn from the elements. One day The American Legion Post will receive my flags for proper disposal.
What does this picture portray of our nation? In my heart, I know we are better than this... I realize this one photo may be receiving far more media coverage than it deserves. I acknowledge the fact, I could cruise through my small town and snap pictures of over a hundred flags waving proudly.
It matters not why or how this photo came to be...it is just wrong.
May Almighty God Bless Us All!