Monday, July 23, 2007

Why I fly my flag

Flags. I see so many of them these days.

Americans like to hang their flag. For decoration, out of feelings of pride, and for some, I suspect, blind patriotism (my country -- right or wrong).

I hang my flag when I feel patriotic, but that doesn't happen much these days -- considering who we've got as president and his abuses of power and disregard for the waste of human life each day in the war in Iraq.

I hang my flag when I see our constitution working the way it was designed, chiefly, limiting the powers of government when it steps over the line of abuse. I hang it when I remember someone who fought and died in defense of human rights.

I hang it when I see a Muslim man praying in the street of a very "American" village, almost exclusively Christian, a place where people sometimes ignorantly equate Islam with terrorism. Recently, in my town, I saw a man prostrate himself in the street, facing Mecca. Perhaps he was afraid, but he did it.

It made me feel patriotic and so I hung my flag. Read the full story about what happened in my Waking Up column on United Press International.

By the way, what makes you feel patriotic about your country?

3 comments:

RennyBA said...

Of course it has to be our National Day in Norway:-)

AL said...

Like you, when the constitution is being fulfilled and when the government improves it. When justice is served... when we all fight for human rights violation... and so many other things...
I am proud of my country of birth and my adopted country in a lot of ways. I were their flag in my hear everyday. :)

DMunro said...

thanks for your views, friends! Hope all is well w/ you all.