Sitting here running through my Facebook news feed, I see such an incredible amount of ignorance proliferating across this once great Nation. Entitlement punks screaming words like “white supremacy, racism, American Colonialism” as if those words give them the right to burn it all away. As if they can erase the birth and history of the greatest Nation in the world, simply by burning a flag. A mainstream media so ready to propagandize any and every Attention Deficient whim of the people. Social media platforms that are willing to cave to the asinine desires of the Political Correctness police. All ran by a man who is hellbent on ensuring that the divisional chasm between We the People is so deep and wide that any attempt to bridge that gap ends in failure.
The modern meaning of the flag was forged in December 1860, when Major Robert Anderson moved the U.S. garrison from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Adam Goodheart argues this was the opening move of the American Civil War, and the flag was used throughout northern states to symbolize American nationalism and rejection of secessionism.
Before that day, the flag had served mostly as a military ensign or a convenient marking of American territory, flown from forts, embassies, and ships, and displayed on special occasions like American Independence day. But in the weeks after Major Anderson’s surprising stand, it became something different. Suddenly the Stars and Stripes flew—as it does today, and especially as it did after the September 11 attacks in 2001—from houses, from storefronts, from churches; above the village greens and college quads. For the first time American flags were mass-produced rather than individually stitched and even so, manufacturers could not keep up with demand. As the long winter of 1861 turned into spring, that old flag meant something new. The abstraction of the Union cause was transfigured into a physical thing: strips of cloth that millions of people would fight for, and many thousands die for.—Adam Goodheart, Prologue of 1861: The Civil War Awakening (2011) (Wikipedia)
The American flag may represent many different things, to many different people, but its true meaning lies within the people who’ve fought and died to protect our way of life. Those who’ve bled for those colors. Those who’ve lost loved ones in the struggle to maintain our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Those are the main reasons the true Americans in this country are taking exception to the actions of these young, worthless pieces of over-educated trash. Punks who have NO clue what true patriotism is. Rejects living within a world that requires hard work, integrity, honesty and loyalty to succeed, as they attempt to “take” what they want, without ever having done anything to earn it.
Our forefathers attempted to create the most perfect union imaginable, and they succeeded in their very first attempt, but man has been busy behind the scenes dismantling every facet of its conception from the very beginning. Don’t be fooled by slick talking “snake oil salesmen”, this country is OURS. It belongs to nobody but the people who are dedicated to keeping watch over Her. Those who understand the words penned by great men…
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…
The Declaration of Independence ~ Thomas Jefferson
Take heed of these words and the actions depicted within those videos… there are some of us who do not share your views on “Colonial Imperialism”. We do not adhere to your selfish desires or utopian dreams. We are proud of our country. We are proud of the people who’ve gone before us, defending our freedoms and liberties with their blood, sweat and tears. And if you keep on burning our FLAG, y’all are gonna tote an ass whoopin’ the size of TEXAS!
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.
Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.
“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air.” ~ John Quincy Adams