The American flag, a symbol of freedom

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ast Friday, an unidentified homeowner Tweeted a short video of a young boy on a scooter accompanied by a woman — presumably his mother — on a bike. The boy stops to pull a small American flag from the yard and throws it on the ground.

Both riders then continue down the street without any visible rebuttal from the woman. I bet this was not the first flag that child has violated. 

A Twitter user commented on the video, “Children are being raised to desecrate the flag.” 

I would add and hate America.

Hatred of America and our flag has become the face of Progressives in the Democrat party. For years Conservatives claimed that Democrats, in general, hated America. Today leftist leaders of the party no longer hide their hatred and disdain for our country.

It’s easy to see. What is not heard are the voices of patriotic Democrats pushing back on this attack. Are there any?

In a Fourth of July Facebook post, Utah’s Black Lives Matter Chapter declared the American flag “a symbol of hatred.” The full quote reads, “When we see this flag we know the person flying it is a racist. When we see this flag we know that the person flying it lives in a different America than we do. When we see this flag, we question your intelligence. We know to avoid you. It is a symbol of hatred.”

I know Democrats who fly Old Glory. Are they racists? I know Democrats who respect and salute the Stars and Stripes. Do they believe it’s a symbol of hate?

Just before the Fourth of July, someone removed over 20 flags from graves at a cemetery in Anderson, South Carolina. The flags were burned in a pile.

The New York Times, in its liberal-leaning editorial pages last week, ran a piece about the flag entitled: “A Fourth of July Symbol of Unity That May No Longer Unite.” In a Tweet linked to the story, they said, “Today, flying the American flag from the back of a pickup truck or over a lawn is increasingly seen as a clue, albeit an imperfect one, to a person’s political affiliation in a deeply divided nation.”

Grammy-winning singer Macy Gray bashed the American flag as “tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect.” Gray believes we need a new flag. The singer said that when she sees someone holding an American flag, she thinks of it as “a weapon” and a “symbol of hate.”

According to a recent YouGov survey, approximately 70 percent of Americans say the flag makes them feel proud. Still, while 66 percent of Republicans said they associated the flag with their party, only 34 percent of Democrats held a similar view.

Last month Olympian Gwen Berry turned her back on the Stars and Stripes as the national anthem played following her performance at the Olympic trials.  

Maybe this is the lefts way of opposing former President Donald Trump who professed his love of the country and the American flag.

Last year on the fourth, a group of far-left  activists stomped and danced on the United States flag at the White House saying it represents “filth, greed, crime.”

Attacking other symbols of America the Washington Post’s Philip Kennicott recently provoked his readers with this statement, “Maybe It’s Time to Admit That the Statue of Liberty Never Measured Up.”

Closer to home, Progressive Missouri Democrat Rep. Cori Bush Tweeted on July 4 that “When they say that the 4th of July is about American freedom, remember this: the freedom they’re referring to is for white people. This land is stolen land and Black people still aren’t free.” 

I assume she includes herself in that description. As a “non-free person of color” she hasn’t done too bad for herself, with an estimated net worth of $2 million, as of 2020. 

She is a walking contradiction of her argument.

Bush was joined last week by House Speaker Maxine Waters, who Tweeted, “July 4th... & so, the Declaration of Independence says all men are created equal. Equal to what? What men? Only white men? Isn’t it something that they wrote this in 1776 when African Americans were enslaved? They weren’t thinking about us then, but we’re thinking about us now!”

Most of us recognize our flag for what it is, a symbol of freedom and hope for people worldwide.

This hatred for our flag and America will continue until more patriotic Americans — of all colors and political persuasions — push back.

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