flag flying

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.
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.

3 thoughts on “flag flying

  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m really dreading 9/11 this year. I think I might stay in bed all day and just not go out or anything 🙂
    I’m really tired of all the “we will never forget” stuff. They say that 3,000 Iraqi civilians were killed this past June alone, and that almost 100 die each month. We had 3,000 of our citizens killed, so we had to go take it out on Iraq.
    If I hadn’t found the Quakers, I really don’t know how I’d keep my sanity.
    Speaking of Quakers, someone from our meeting planted a rosebush in the meetinghouse garden in memory of the Iraqi civilians who have died. I’m helping her organize a little prayer ceremony in front of the bush after meeting, in a month or so. She works with a couple of Iraqi researchers, and they both have family members who have died and some who have simply gone missing. And they can’t even talk about it. They just have to go on working every day as though nothing’s wrong. While we make a big stink every 9/11.
    Grow up, America! We should plant rosebushes in memory of the 9/11 victims, and pray and meditate — not go bombing the world.

  2. brni says:

    this is the song that flags always remind me of. it’s abt britain, but the sentiment translates well.
    Fly the Flag – Stiff Little Fingers
    Gimme a country that’s red white and blue
    Gimme the British way honest and true
    Gimme the chance to be one of the few
    Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme
    Gimme a nation where people are free
    Free to do and free to be
    Free to screw you before you screw me
    Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme
    Cos, I’m all right, I’m all right
    Union Jack, fly the flag
    Gimme a Britain that’s got back the Great
    a race of winners not cramped by the State
    And only the helpless get left at the gate
    Gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme

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