posted on Aug, 22 2006 @ 03:34 PM
Originally posted by SIEGE
No one is saying that the flag is just a piece of cloth but you. Now let's get real
again Ra SOB asi420, okay? The flag, to some people, represents exactly what you
yourself said should matter, "freedom", "peace", "and the rights of the individual".
Now let's talk about tangible versus intangible. You know, representation?!
The tangible flag represents the intangible beliefs. Now we have mobility!
Let's take that mobil intangible-now-made-tangible flag to war with us. Oh, wait
a minute, something's happening here! People are dying! For you and me, for the
future! But what are they dying for really? Come on, really?
How shameful that in this thread you have made a point now to take the username of a fellow ATS member and separate it so that you can form an acronym
for a swear. Then you just mock everything. You have done nothing in that posting to deny any form of ignorance, in my opinion, you've done more to
The flag itself is worthless in the sense that it is a piece of cloth. It is. It is cloth.
However the symbolism that is the flag is only there
invested by the power of the people who acknowledge it. It is a symbol of our country, and of our blood, sweat, and tears that some of us have shed in
order to keep our country free. It is a powerful symbol. But at the end of the day, it is just a flag. It has no symbological meaning unless we give
The teacher is the issue here, however, the teacher burned two small flags, apparently in an example of free speech, and had their students write
what it meant to them.
The best way to know if this method was effective, would be of course to read what the children wrote. At the end of all this mess, it is not about
, nor is it about me
. It is about what these children learned and the respect that may have been given to them not only for the
freedom of speech, but also for the flag and what it symbolizes. The burning of an American flag has always symbolized distress and the ultimate form
of protest. It is when you have lost the affirmation of your country's path, and felt as though you have lost a part of your country. That is my
symbology behind burning the flag.
If those kids learned the power of burning that flag, and the seriousness that goes behind performing that act, then the teacher should be applauded,
not crucified. Where exactly, upstanding members of this country, did it ever get to wrapping a teacher in a flag, and setting it alight because they
had committed an act that fell within the freedom of speech?