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Walking the dog…

20130304_130824-1I love going on walks with my dog.  It’s something fairly new for me because I’ve only had my dog for about a year; but I’ve found it to be very enjoyable.  There is a mutual benefit for both of us.  She likes the exercise and to smell anything and everything she stumbles upon.  I like to unwind from the day.  Sometimes I walk her.  Sometimes she walks me.  It all depends on our moods.

Yesterday we went on a long walk through the neighborhood.  As the walk started I noticed that hardly any flags were displayed on homes for Flag Day.  Out of 100+ homes we walked by, I only counted nine flags on display.  And out of those nine flags displayed, five were on homes that always display them.  Maybe it was like this last year or even the year before and I just failed to notice.  But yesterday I did notice and it made me think.

All through my childhood and my adolescent, up until I left for the military I always remembered seeing flags proudly displayed on the porches or flag poles of homes in my neighborhood and hometown; a neighborhood and hometown that were struggling in the 1970s and early 80s.  But these struggles didn’t dampen the pride so many had in our nation and the flag is a symbol of who we are.  Back then people had a strong foundation as it relates to liberty and freedom. They knew that no matter what obstacles we were facing as a people, America would overcome them and bounce back because of its people.  Our parents, grandparents, great grandparents and all the way back to the founders knew this simple truth; with liberty people could and would accomplish the impossible and overcome anything.  The flag is a symbol of that belief. It’s a symbol of what we stand for as a people.  It’s when we lose that belief or our faith is compromised or shaken that symbol loses its meaning.

There are all kinds of flags out there.  We have flags that represent our states, favorite colleges, football teams, NASCAR driver and so forth.  People generally display these flags because they have a great deal of pride in what they symbolize and they want to announce to the world how much they support what the flag represents.  I myself had a Penn State flag I displayed for years because in my mind Penn State represented academic excellence, integrity, and honor.  I was all in, proudly displaying my flag on my porch. Then the child molestation scandal that ultimately led to the resignation of Joe Paterno made headlines.  I found myself trying to defend the indefensible and I became ashamed and angry at the college for not taking the necessary steps to prevent a monster from roaming on their campus.  My faith in their entire program and school was shaken to the core and their flag has not been displayed ever since.

So how does this story relate to people not displaying the flag on Flag Day?  Perhaps people are losing their faith in our system.  Can you blame them?  Look at the number of scandals surrounding this administration.  Corruption in our government has reached an unprecedented level and there is absolutely now accountability. We have high ranking officials pleading the fifth or lying to congress and then when they’re caught saying they had to lie in in the name of national security.  And still no accountability.  No impeachment hearings for an Attorney General who has been obstructive, has lied to congress twice and is being held in contempt for not turning over pertinent documents related to another scandal.  This man is unfit for duty and yet he still holds his title and all the authority that comes with it.  When there is no accountability you might as while throw the rule of law out the window, because anything can and usually goes.  For the first time I sense that people are finally starting to feel as if they are losing something, but they can’t quite place their finger on what it is.  It’s liberty people.  It’s the rule of law. It’s America.  Perhaps the reason less and less people are displaying the flag on Flag day is because they are losing faith in what it symbolizes.  Or perhaps we’ve just become too lazy to care.  In either instance we all lose.

The things you think about while walking the dog…

Liberty forever, freedom for all!


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  • Linda June 15, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    aw, what a cute doggie you’ve got there.
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  • proof June 15, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    I fly the flag not as a symbol of what the country has become, but a symbol of what the country was founded upon. It is a rallying cry for the patriot.
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  • LD Jackson June 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    It is a sad place we find ourselves in as a country. One reason why so few of our politicians are held accountable for their actions is because the general public simply does not care. The apathy I see astounds me.

    This apathy has been present for a long time. I saw it in the days of Bill Clinton when so many people said it really didn’t matter if he had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky, as long as he did a good job as President.

    The America we live in today is a far cry from the America we grew up in.
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  • Jim at Asylum Watch June 16, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    I’m afraid that is up to patriots to pass the idea of America from generation to generation. We can’t depend on the public school system to do it and we can’t count on the media report on it except in a negative way.
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    • John Carey June 16, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      The public school system is a part of the problem. Parents not engaged is another part of the problem. Those who support big government have set up the mechanisms in our institutions to churn out big government loving people who have no problem being dependent on the state. As long as they don’t have to debate it, they can get away with it.
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  • proof June 16, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    John Carey
    Well said proof. Now how do we restore it…the country that is?
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    It obviously isn’t going to be easy. Worst case scenario is Fahrenheit 451. We memorize the great works of our tradition and pass them along father to son. It hasn’t quite come to that yet, but with each and every new revelation of NSA eavesdropping, it might not be bad to start!

    Apropos on Father’s Day, we have to inculcate in our own children the values we hold dear, so that the next generation will not be completely adrift.

    Second, we need to find men of honor, who will stand upon principle to represent us in government, and not just give lip service to get elected.

    Third, I believe we must brace ourselves for the tyranny to come if we fail. We have been blessed as a nation, but there is no guarantee for those blessings to continue in perpetuity.

    I think of Rome, I think of the British Empire. What must it have been like to have been a British subject, when Britannia ruled the waves? An empire spanning the globe and the mightiest military force on the planet – all taken for granted by the average man on the street, scrambling to make a living and keep a roof over his head.

    Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
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