Posts tagged: U.S. flag
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) on Tuesday called on the House to pass legislation requiring the government to only purchase American flags that are made in the United States. “Under current law, the American flags that fly from federal buildings — on July 4th and every day of the year — may be up to fifty percent foreign-made,” Brown said. “Many American companies, including Annin and Company in Coshocton [Ohio], proudly produce the American flag right here in the United States.” Their bill, the All-American Flag Act, passed the Senate last July, but the House never took up the measure. A similar bill was approved unanimously in the House by the prior Congress/Pete Kasperowicz, The Hill. More here. (AP file photo of U.S. flag flying in front of U.S. Supreme Court building)
Question: Should our government be banned from buying American flags from foreign countries?
I’m the kind of person who will not say “under God” when saying the pledge of allegiance, out of respect for American atheists, or who will defend in court the person who burns the flag in protest. But I am also the kind of person who looks with pride at that same flag - my flag - as it waves in the wind over a baseball field, as the national anthem plays. I swell with pride, looking at that flag and knowing the ideals that it represents, knowing that I belong to a nation that represents those ideals. Maybe that’s why I fit right in here, in America. I am, at heart, an impatient, idealistic, enthusiastic soul/Beth Bollinger, Accidental Rabbit Trails. More here.
HBO numbers (for Tuesday, Aug. 31): 11,205/6551, (for Monday, Aug. 30): 8551/5307; (for month of August): 200,450/124,633; (for year-to-date): 1,566,713/925,587
Question: Do you question the patriotism of people who don’t agree with your politics or religion?
An inverted flag is a sign of imminent distress. Sailors fly the American flag upside down when their ships are about to sink. What does it mean when someone runs Old Glory with the stars below the stripes outside his home? Is his house about to explode? Is he suffering some serious malady? Does he need to be rescued from danger? No, says Greg Murray of Canyon County. Since Barack Obama’s election, he - and scattered others across the country - have taken to flying the flag upside down as a form of protest. “The path we’re going down is a sinking ship,” Murray told The Associated Press. “What’s happened to American values, they’ve been corrupted by this socialistic trend. Everything right now is upside down.” The United States has its tribulations. A sinking ship/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune.
Question: Do you view the USA as a “sinking ship”? And/or: Would you consider flying a US flag upside down because you disagreed with the path it’s going down?
An empty flagpole standing in the middle of Kellogg’s Memorial Park symbolizes a months-long dispute between veterans and city leaders that has escalated into recall petitions being filed against the mayor and all six City Council members. The flagpole formerly displayed both the American flag and a Tree City USA flag, until the commanders of Silver Valley veterans groups informed the city in August that flying both on the same pole was improper. The flags flew above a veterans’ memorial dedicated to the city more than 50 years ago. The stone memorial embedded with a plaque honored veterans of the two World Wars and of the Korean War/Alison Boggs, SR. More here. (Photo by Kathy Plonka/SR: Vietnam veteran Joe Wallace stands near an empty flagpole in Memorial Park in Kellogg on Friday.)
Question: I can think of few controversies that a local government can bungle into that are goofier than elected officials battling a veterans’ group over placement of a U.S. flag. Can you think of anything?
“We had a veteran or two that threatened to shoot the council and the mayor. Now we kind of took that personal. That’s above and beyond. I would like to express the old adage, ‘you can’t fight City Hall.’ But that adage is completely untrue. You can fight City Hall but you cannot do it in this manner threatening to shoot somebody,” said (Councilman Dennis) Norris. People upset about the flag have signed a recall petition in an effort to remove the City Council and the Mayor. The council is expected to have a meeting on Monday to make a final decision about what will fly on the flagpole/KREM2. More here.