We started our day in Kansas elementary schools by standing and pledging our allegiance to the United States flag. I share most Americans’ pride in the red, white, and blue banner … the stars and bars. Our history text books always contained pictures and photos of the flag waving at some great moment in our nation’s story.
It’s curious to some that the destruction of a U-S flag actually confirms what the banner represents. It seems absurd for people who love the flag to swallow hard when some moron torches it, and recognize that he or she is exercising freedom of expression. It’s a freedom that many people in other countries don’t enjoy.
On this Flag Day it is certain someone, somewhere will burn an American flag. They may be protesting government policy, or they may just be craving attention. Their motivation may be suspect but their freedom is protected.
It is a strange contradiction.
Here is one American who respects and honors our national flag daily.
Our thought for today is from Thomas Jefferson:
“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”