I dislike flags. Can’t understand why people put all sorts of flags up all over their yards. I mean, used to be an american flag on the 4th of July and that was about all you ever saw. Now you see bunny flags, dog flags, easter egg flags, all sorts of flags from the tacky to the overly sentimental. Is this some way for people to feel connected to the world? “Hi! I live here. See my flag proclaiming ducks. I like ducks! How about you?”
anyway…I got this from a friend:
FLY THE FLAG campaign and PLEASE forward this email immediately to everyone in your address book asking them to also forward it.
We have a little less than one week and counting to get the word out all across this great land and into every community in the United States of America . If you forward this email to least 11 people and each of those people do the same…you get the idea.
/THE PROGRAM IS THIS:/
On Monday, September 11th, 2006, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States .
Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this fifth anniversary of one of our country’s worst tragedies. We do this in honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.
In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough time! s and it shouldn’t take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.
Action Plan: So, here’s what we need you to do…
(1) Forward this email to everyone you know (at least 11 people). Take a moment to think back to how you felt on 9/11 and let those sentiments guide you.
(2) Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don’t, then at least make it a priority on this day.
Now this bothers me on several different levels. First of all, I dislike chain letters. And chain letters promoting this sort of sheepism bother me a lot. Why would anyone do something, or wear something or display something just because they get an email telling them to? Is it some substitute for actually DOING something? There’s more to solidarity than wearing a ribbon or slapping on a bumper sticker, or as in this case, flying a flag. The more insidious thing is the nationalism that this whole “campaign” is promoting. um…I don’t think that it is my patriotic duty to display a flag to support an illegal, immoral and unwinable war against the concept of terrorism. And if I don’t display a flag, the implication is that I do not cherish freedom.
Here’s an alternative — if I ever decide I must fly a flag, I’ll pick from one of these.