a reply to: Domo1
That is beyond even my capabilities, since the only way to achieve any kind of enlightenment, is through personal effort and research, not through
being force fed.
However, with specific regard to the flag, and what it actually represents...
The people who died to make America a reality, those who gave their lives and died, and indeed those who dedicated their entire lives to its
foundation, did not do so, in order that America could become as indoctrinated, mentally incompetent and backwards as the Empire it fought to gain its
independence. The people who fashioned America from the raw material of the land beneath their feet and the human resources available to them at the
time, were not Pavlovian in their responses to the demand for patriotism that many in this period adhere to and respond to. They were thoughtful,
insightful, fiercely independent persons, who understood that government is dangerous if it is allowed to run amok. They also knew that fealty to
banner and state, which they had experienced well enough under British rule, was a weakness, not a strength, because it removed a persons ability to
be objective and honest about the quality of ones own life, not to mention the quality of the governance one was foisted with.
These were not people led around by the nose, aroused to some patriotic fever pitch by a cheeky glimpse of some flag cloth. These were realistic,
practical people, and wise to boot. That is why there is no part of the constitution of the United States of America, which demands blind loyalty to
its government, nor insists on pseudo religious worship of its emblems or flags. Simply put, the men who came together to Declare the Independence of
the United States, the people who penned its constitution, were not the same weak minded dross who populate its halls of power now, nor were they the
kind of knuckle dragging ingrates who either needed to be, or desired to be controlled with imagery, or told what they ought and ought not respect.
They were told constantly that they ought to respect the law as handed down by the British, and they gave the proverbial finger to that, despite the
fact that America did not actually exist at the time, that there was no flag, there was no unified identity, and understand, these men did not
formulate independence, nor the constitution, for the purposes of creating a unified identity. They did so, in order that they be free of the tyranny
of identity which was the British Empire (I am British, but empire building is a Roman trait, one we should have allowed to pass away with the same
speed at which the habit of wearing togas did).
They did not rewrite the future of an entire continent, just so the sort of mindless, drooling halfwittery which informed the British Empires manner
of controlling its citizens, could be used in future to control the masses in the United States of America. There was supposed to be a difference, it
was supposed to be better than that, its people wiser.
Standing there and flag worshiping, and throwing up ones hands in horror when someone fails to respect the flag, is precisely the sort of mentality
that the founders of your nation were sick enough of, to rebel against, because that mentality was too easily led, to easily controlled into accepting
the unacceptable, tolerating the intolerable, and even now, as intolerable things happen in this century, people are more appalled at the idea that
someone might not have a strong enough boner for a piece of cloth, than they are about the need for a protest and what initiated it in the first
You might as well piss in the founding fathers eyesockets, for all that screaming about the flag and the anthem (which, by the way in the case of the
anthem, was only adopted formally in 1931) would endear you to them, were they alive to see it.