Is the United States Flag still honorable?Submitted by Virginian on Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:54
Short story to start:
So the other day, my dad asked me to come help him fold our flag.
During folding, I said there should be a machine that allows one person to fold it with ease.
In response, he said that it should be an honor to help fold the flag, and To that, I said no it shouldnt be an honor. I did not however expand on that to him and we didn't say much else about it. What I was thinking when I said it is that it should be something that is just done and doesnt require honor to do it; the honor should be in flying it.
Anyway, story aside, that led me to think about the United States flag and if it still has any honor in it. The American flag is supposed to represent the 13 original colonies and the 50 states that make up this country. Over time, it has come to represent the idea of freedom and a society ruled by laws and justice.
Does it still represent this?
-We are in various countries right now and whats being done in the name of the US and under the flag is upsetting people(to put it lightly), not just in those countries, but here at home.
-From invading nations to drone strikes in the Middle east, people are not only dieing, but living in fear they could be next.
-We have a federal government that is increasingly over-ruling the states on various issues, one example being the dispute with Arizona trying to enforce immigration laws.
-We have more and more implementation of security in an effort to protect people, many of which, do not even want this protection.
-We have ever more definitions of what makes a potential terrorist, with more recent examples being those who keep more than a weeks worth of food in the house and those who are frustrated with mainstream idiologies.
-We have a police force that increasingly seems out of touch in how to deal with people in a social manner, and takes to simply shouting orders.
This list could continue and all of this is done under the flag of the United States; this flag which is supposed to represent something good.
So my question here is do you think that this flag still represents what it is meant to? Does it still have any honor to it? Or if you dont like the word honor, think about the question of whether it is still the symbol of good it was meant and came to be.