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Explaining Love of Our Flag

Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2022
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A liberal friend recently made my eyes pop, as my liberal friends often do. Yes, I have them, eyes and liberal friends – and in the spirit of comity, seeking to understand, even persuade, I sometimes invite their opinions. But this one caused pause – as it related to our flag.

In effect, President Trump made her uneasy, and she now felt – because his patriotic message was affiliated with the American flag – that the flag, flying from pickup trucks, storefronts, campsites, displayed on jackets, shirts, hats, and in other venues – made her uneasy.

My first reaction was disbelief, my second sadness, my third empathy. Whatever one thinks of a political leader, pride in our nation’s flag should be unquestioned, universal, informed by love.

Here was a thoughtful, goodhearted American but an acculturated liberal. As much as I could not understand her disaffection for the symbol of all that is good about the United States of America, she could not understand my lack of understanding of her newfound hesitancy.

To her credit, she asked me to explain my love of our flag – and so I did. First, without pushing her Trump buttons, I explained that ours is a nation like no other in human history. I explained that history matters, why preserving it matters, and that is why I write about such things.

A short recap started with the uniqueness of our “founding,” how a small group of truly courageous Americans put everything on the line for an idea – individual liberty, equality among men, self-governance, a written Constitution spreading power among three branches of a federal government, vertically sharing with state governments and “the people” (10th Amendment), and assuring God-given liberties were never taken by that government, through a “Bill of Rights.”

This was utterly new, daring, and untested, requiring a brutal Revolutionary War, unwavering belief in that idea, more sacrifice than you could find in a thousand libraries or cemeteries, lifted by the simple conviction that Providence, God, the Hand of Destiny, was with us.

To her credit, she listened, absorbed, acknowledged. My point was that, from our founding, nothing like America had ever existed before. The idea, even imperfectly implemented by imperfect humans, was to identify, celebrate, elevate, honor, and perpetuate freedom.

Knowing her tendency toward the view that Republicans underemphasize equality, which they do not, but that is the narrative, I took her on a tour of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, which Republicans brought to life after the Civil War – fought for “a more perfect union,” led by a Republican president.

I then sketched how women got the vote through the 19th Amendment, an initiative begun by Theodore Roosevelt, another Republican. I then walked through the Civil Rights Movement’s milestones, freedoms achieved and enshrined in law, starting with the 1957 and 1960 Civil Rights Acts under Dwight D. Eisenhower, another Republican.

As an inveterate fan of Ronald Reagan, I spent time on the Soviet Union’s repression of humanity, the immorality of Marxism, Socialism, and Communism – how they defeat liberty, suppress the individual, and how America defeated the Soviet Union, freeing millions.

But the nub of my love for our flag – I explained – was honoring those who risked, rose, and fell for freedom over the past 250 years. When we salute the flag or place a hand on our heart, we honor those who fell for the ideals embodied in that flag, for our liberties, for us.

I tried to convey that the flag is not a symbol of either party, of any political leader, or even of any one idea, but of the sacrifices that matured us into the greatest nation in human history, with more freedoms, opportunities, individual, spiritual, material, and intergenerational love for what humanity most respects, wants and honors, than any nation, ever conceived.

I tried to convey that tens of millions of Americans – since our founding – have readied themselves to fight and to die in defense of our rights, freedoms, a world without fear, chance to make it, safety of towns and families, and the respect for each other that we today enjoy.

I tried to explain, from the Revolutionary War, through 1812, Civil War, 1st and 2nd World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, 1st Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, and in countless other places, our flag has flown over those motivated to defend liberty – ours and others. Twice, we have saved Europe.

All this is tied up in that precious American flag. That flag is not about one candidate, party, state, or region. It is not about race, religion, background, age, gender, or political affiliation.

The American flag is about the blood spilled for freedom and equality, seeking truth, peace, and self-government, as necessary fighting for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Time grew short.

I wondered if any of this had landed.

She was intelligent, but modern politics exhausts the best. To my relief, time well spent. It might not have been but was. She felt better, understood my awe of our flag, and – I think – felt a new fondness for it, herself. History, they say, is made by inches. I think that may be true, and of patriots too.

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Paulette Bryant
Paulette Bryant
1 year ago

Robert B. Charles , Thank you for this article. You spoke my heart on the love and respect for our Old Glory.

BobW
BobW
1 year ago

Great, great article. I’d like to recommend a book that explains where are how we got here. “A Miracle That Changed The World ‘The 5000 Year Leap’ “.

Elena
Elena
1 year ago

I was very saddened this 4th of July. I asked if one of my nieces was here somewhere at our towns celebration. I was told that she said that she doesn’t believe in our Independence Day. I was told that she had gone completely Woke …as is proven by her FB. I have an extremely large family. We’re all patriotic, most are Christian, and many have been military. She is the only one who has turned away. She vastly changed since she met her girlfriend. And now her son will never know why we fly our flag.

Rodewaryer
Rodewaryer
1 year ago

Well written article. However, the left hates the flag, they hate the country, they hate conservatives, they want change for change’s sake, they want free stuff their own way and they want it NOW. They are too short sighted to give any thought to how we got here, and what it cost millions of us. There will be a few libs that can be convinced but I dare say the vast majority are ruined by PC and poor upbringing and will not give any on their views due to being entitled and raised that they are never wrong. The chasm between them and us leaves little hope of there ever being any middle ground.

Percy
Percy
1 year ago

My paternal Grandfather was Native American.He could not go into the town restaurant but he as well as my Dad instilled patriotism in us as well as the pride when we saw the flag.We still fly them today at our home.And it still gives me that feeling of pride while thinking of those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Its a grand old flag may it fly forever.

George W Holzman
George W Holzman
1 year ago

Freedom is only free for the illeagles, they get free food free medical , free education , free cell phones ,free transportation where ever they want to go.They don’t care about this country they only care about the freebees.I am struggling to raise 2 grand kids and I don’t get a dime.

Anne W
Anne W
1 year ago

Thank you for this wonderful article with a great explanation of what our nation’s flag stands for. The short history lesson was great too. I love veterans. My father and father-in-law fought in WWII, and my husband joined the Army in the Vietnam era but never had to fight there. However, he served for 21 years and I am proud of his service to our country.

DonS
DonS
1 year ago

Great post, RBC!

I don’t recall of hearing the Pledge of Allegiance for quite sometime. How about anyone else who frequents this forum? Have you heard it lately and where?

Perhaps if all of us would be firm about the pledge, perhaps when more Americans, including those who are bent towards Liberalism, maybe they would live up to their Pledge instead of supporting evil changes to our Great Nation?

I am ALL for Convention of the States!

Please step forward good Leaders!

Valerie
Valerie
1 year ago

Thank you for sharing this !! Much needed truth and history and I sharing this too!!

J. Farley
J. Farley
1 year ago

What America and the Flag mean to me; It is a Symbol of Hope Love and Freedom, our founding Fathers were some of the smartest People ever to have been Born, and they were all concentrated in the right spot at the right time, to create the greatest Country ever conceived by Man, they for the First time since the dawn of man created a place where People could chart they own path and expand their own horizons, if you look at how the knowledge of the world grew it was after America was created. We are as President Ronald Reagen put it: We are the shinning City on The Hill.
We all must do everything we can Protect and Defend that which they created because there will never be a Nation on Earth, which Provides so much hope and freedom.
Those who are working to destroy America are not the Foreign Powers directly but Those within our own Nation who are the Pon’s that will do the most Damage.
Love America and have Faith in God!

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
1 year ago

Love other flag too: Updated Dont Tread Me with 50 states, Guam & PR
Colors Red & Blue

David Hes
David Hes
1 year ago

What you experienced with that woman is the direct result of a malicious media that brainwashed her into feeling anything associated with Trump is not only to be rejected but vilified. What a shame!

Rhonda
Rhonda
1 year ago

Thank you for the article. One day I hope you write down what you talked about with this woman in detail. I would love to read that as an article, perhaps more than one article.

Sharon Ormsby
Sharon Ormsby
1 year ago

Beautiful words, could not have expressed it any better myself! Thank you!

Mary Nelson
Mary Nelson
1 year ago

Extremely moved and inspired by this article. Thank you for posting this and explaining your love, my love and hopefully everyone who believes in life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Sandra A LaCroix
Sandra A LaCroix
1 year ago

Thank you for this beautiful article! I have posted this on my FB page for the 4th of July! Blessings and thank you again.

Ed
Ed
1 year ago

Our Flag is without a doubt the second most beautiful thing I’ve ever laid eyes on ever, the first being the Holy Bible!

Patriot Will
Patriot Will
1 year ago

Mr. Charles, I’m so glad you were able to enlighten your ignorant friend — outstanding job. All of my cynical relatives and friends are too stubborn to admit that America is a special and wonderful country. They either laugh at my attempts to get them to appreciate this country more, or they get angry at my patriotism. They resent me for trying to force my positive “spin” of our Constitutional Republic on them. Their minds and spirits have been so poisoned by the mainstream media that they firmly believe that being very positive to our Flag is small-minded and dangerous.to the welfare of our country — how tragic.

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
1 year ago

Those who claim to be liberals do NOT know history at all. That’s why they can support the party of slavery, Jim Crow, eugenics, riots, and globalism! RBC did a great exposition but I doubt it changed his friend’s mind because she follows the “truth” from the likes of Ilhan Omar and Joy Behar!

Smike
Smike
1 year ago

That flag is not about one candidate, party, state, or region. It is not about race, religion, background, age, gender, or political affiliation.
The American flag is about the blood spilled for freedom and equality, seeking truth, peace, and self-government, as necessary fighting for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Thank you for an excellent article.

Jim Yowell
Jim Yowell
2 years ago

The Star Spangled Banner As You’ve Never Heard It.. youtu.be/YaxGNQE5ZLA

Jim Yowell
Jim Yowell
2 years ago

My response to someone’s post about people who display “blind loyalty” to our flag without understanding our history. °°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°°Sadly, there are only a couple of things I disagree with you on. 1) The enemy is NOT “tunneling under the city walls,” they are ALREADY WITHIN THOSE WALLS! 2) There are SOME that believes the US Flag is NOT an idol, but a SYMBOL of something. It is a symbol of the SACRIFICES of those people who pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. It is a symbol of our CONSTITUTION. I absolutely refuse to let i**ts

CHERYL
CHERYL
2 years ago

Unfortunately so many young think the world started when our Republic did. They don’t realize that there are countries that are thousands of years older than our United States of America.

We were infiltrated from the start with those laying the ground work for what is happening today–yes evil is patient and relentless.

Karl Kernehan
Karl Kernehan
2 years ago

I pray our Communist commander and thief reads this!!!

Katja Kirsch
Katja Kirsch
2 years ago

As a child I pledged allegiance to the flag. I came from another country, not to escape tyranny, but decisions made by adults. After 56 years, 3 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren I still honor the flag. Our government leaders not so much. Politicians are not my favorite people and the only one I trust is God, my family and the good people I know. God help us.

Karen
Karen
2 years ago

Great writing Mr. Charles.. brought a tear to my eye. I love our flag and respect it fully. I have been looking at it for 80 years. It means freedom, love of country, love of real Americans and absolutely no time for those who hate it. We will be back, you betcha!

Maryanna Elliott
Maryanna Elliott
2 years ago

I love this article. I wish that more Americans would read this and hopefully gain more respect and love for our country and our flag.

Gail Tubbs
Gail Tubbs
2 years ago

Mr. Charles: You said it perfectly.
I was born and raised in the Air Force and married into the Navy
For many, many years I rose with Revelry in the morning and went to bed with Taps at night. I have always been proud of our flag. I have seen it flown in foreign countries and in America. I never thought of it promoting or supporting a single political party. In my mind it has always supported us, the Americans and it always will.

Sandra
Sandra
2 years ago

Thank you for so much truth about out unique country and its courageous people since its founding. Those who don’t share our love for America need to live in a third world country for a year. Maybe then they will begin to appreciate how blessed they are to be Americans.

Jeanette
Jeanette
2 years ago

Thank you so much. Totally loved this piece. Actually helped remind me of some of those amendments newly in regards to current events. Love this country and the flag that represents it’s ideals and beliefs. Thank you for sharing this.

Barb
Barb
2 years ago

Mr. Charles, your article is very good. I too have a liberal friend who thinks that flying the American flag means “they are Trump supporters”, whether on a vehicle or home or hanging in small town/large town America. I responded by telling her that I think it means “Patriotism” to America, and “we need more of it”. Any conversation or comment I make is “fact-checked” by her on her fact-check website immediately. I hate what our long time friendship has become over the last 5 years. And I feel sorry for her at the same time that her hate is so great for Trump, the Republicans, and these people who do fly our beautiful American flag.

Carol
Carol
2 years ago

Mr. Charles: I have read your articles while tearing up. The last one I read was in the AMAC publication and was about the “WARRIORS” who fought so hard in Afganistan only to wonder if it was all worth it. You said that they were to be commended for the fact that they fought for freedom! Now when I see T2T soldiers on the TV who have lost all their limbs I want to stand up and say to the parents of those who lost their lives that they were fighting for my FREEDOM. I want to scream out to the “useful idiots” in this country who will never stop worshiping their gods control and greed to STOP with the dehuminizing of these great warriors. You are so correct that the flag is for each person in this country! I become so angry when I see what the current administration is doing to this country. I need to see more action on the part of the conservatives who should know better and less TALK. I am all talked out at my age. They keep telling me that this Parkinson’s affects each person differently and I guess GOD knew that I talk too much so it has affected my voice (singing, talking) and my handwriting more than anything else! I remember that when I got on the plane to come home after spending 1991-92 in the soviet union and the middle east that I wanted to kiss the floor of Delta Airlines. I had been pulled out of line by this woman in Moscow and she was unable to see what I had in my carryon luggage. I felt like Corrie TemBoom who used to smuggle Bibles into the soviet union and the people never saw what she was carrrying. I believe that God closed threir eyes for Coorrie and me both! So when I hear all that the new generation says about the flag or anyone speaks ill of it I want to say “walk a little in my shoes” or thse who have lived under tyranny and you will understand what the flag stands for in this country. Thank you, Carol

Judy
Judy
2 years ago

Thank you for this article Mr. Charles!!! Amen and amen!!!

Karla
Karla
2 years ago

The most beautiful flag in the world. I can’t help but pause when I see it!

Jack
Jack
2 years ago

Good Article! I would like to print it out but there is not a link on the webpage for that option. Perhaps you can correct the error of that.

Thank you
Jack

Max
Max
2 years ago

RBC, you did a good job!!

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