America – Love it and Change It? Why Fly the American Flag


America – Love it and Change It? Why Fly the American Flag

I fly the American flag. I fly it on the Fourth of July, and on Flag Day – which is also my father’s birthday. He always said “they put the flags out for me.” I fly it because I love this country.

I love the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights. I love the idealism of the founding fathers and think it was miraculous.

We have had one of the few revolutions in the history of the world that has been successful. Most revolutions become as repressive as the forces that preceded them.

But I also want to change this country. People who know me, who know my love for the working person and the feeling that we are being sold down the river by the government and the banks – are sometimes surprised when I say I also am a patriot. I believe that there the United States is still a free country, and we have a pivotal role in the world in remaining that way. I think that there are threats to liberty, and that our threats to our prosperity might destroy us as well.

I want to come up with a reasonable gun policy, and a medical system paid leave system that is equitable to other first world nations.

Who flies the American flag? I believe it is not just a blind patriot, but also those who care enough about a country to warn when it is getting off course.

The truth of the matter is that people who love their country, work to keep it free. The Flag persists through challenges -yet we need to help it.

The American Revolution

We came from a society of protesters.

History of the American Flag – from Betsy Ross to The Astronauts

Did Betsy Ross sew the first American flag? The history is out on this – but don’t you think some lady was behind the flag? I can’t imagine George Washington sewing the flag!

The flag in 1776 still showed British influence: the Union Jack was in the canton rather than the stars that came to represent the states. It was called the “Continental Colors.”

June 14, 1977 brought us the Flag Resolution: which brought flag we know now in that there were stars in the canton representing the thirteen colonies that became the thirteen states , near a field of red and white stripes. The design of the stars in the Flag was not official: there was a circular design which was reputed to be by Betsy Ross as well as was reputed to have a circular design, as well as another design where the stars were arranged in lines.

Through the years the number of the stripes has stayed steady at 13 – except for one brief period of 15 – perhaps to honor the original thirteen colonies. The stars of course have changed, because new states have been added and a star is added for every star.

The flag has flown in many countries through our wars, and in US Embassies throughout the world today.

In 1969 – astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the Moon. Apollo 11 – the Eagle- had landed and brought with her the symbol of American freedom.

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The American Flag by Elaine Landau – True Americana For Children

An excellent history of the American flag, presented in an interesting hunt for the right answer format. This book is a very inexpensive book – less than ten dollars – that gives you a lot of information in a fun way.This is a very complete history – complete with many visual aids such as lively sidebars, a glossary and index.

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The American Suffragist Movement was won by Radicals

Who were the Iron-Jawed Angels?

These were the radicals who protested to get the right for women’s vote.

Statue of Liberty

The United States had been founded as a beacon for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, with freedom an essential part of that.

The Statue of Liberty – Enlightening the World was a gift of friendship from the people of France to the people of the United States. It is a symbol of respect for the reputation we have to be a people that honor freedom and democracy. The dedication of the Statue of Liberty was October 28, 1886.

I think the juxtaposition of these two important symbols is important: the flag which represents our national sovereignty is significant because we are a people who stand for mercy, freedom and democracy – and have a reputation for that.

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Occupy Wall Street – A Latest Way of Patriotic Resistance

Occupy Wall Street was a method to protest some of the social conditions of the time.

Declaration of Independence

The American Revolution was one of the most successful that the world has experienced, partially because it was based on the precepts stated in the Declaration of Independence. As opposed to other revolutions like the Communist Revolutions of China and Russia, we actually worked towards more human freedom.

” All Men are Created Equal”
This is the basis of our country, and of all the strengths.

“They are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
We have the rights to make our way through life, to live freely and aim for our happiness.

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
That is – Governments are to be helping us, to be supporting our pursuit of happiness.

“That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
We have a right to expect a government that supports our rights, and to abolish it if it not.

” Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.”
Nonetheless, we should be cautious about destroying one form of government so that we do not install one that is more grievous than the one before.

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How to Care for the American Flag

There are specific customs in caring for the flag to show it respect.

The Stars and Stripes – America’s First Flag

The Continental Congress officially approved the on June 14, 1777 – at the Second Continental Congress. The blue canton contained 13 stars, representing the original 13 colonies, but the layout varied. It is thought to have been made out of hemp, a material that was strong enough to fly on ships. It is not totally confirmed that Betsy Ross was responsible. Earlier American flags had the Union Jack on them, this flag had stars and red and white stripes.

Protest in the American Congress

Protest continues, and it can be in Congress.

Is this country in a Civil War of Red vs Blue States

A disturbing trend in the last few years has been the divide from “Red States” and “Blue States.”

I believe that if we do not see all Americans as Americans, we have missed the message of the American Revolution.

The People’s History of the United States – History of the 99 Percent

Many history books just tell about the winners – Zinn tells about the little guy too.

A study of American history that just focuses on freedom without focussing on social justice struggles is just not true, and yet most of us got this watered down and even false history in school. Howard Zinn provides us with history of many people in the United States: including the minorities that are often omitted. He is radical and can be cynical so he may offend at times: but you do come away with new and valuable insight after reading this book.

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The history of the American Flag and What it Means to be an American

Why I Fly the American Flag and Still Protest

There are lots of ways to be a patriot. They include thoughtful, intelligent discussion – and sometimes protest. I want a country I can be proud of.


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