Yesterday while I was driving home after shopping, I was sat in traffic at a four way intersection. A big Suburban came hurtling around from the right with lights and sirens and a local fire department logo on its side. Next a white pick up came through the red light with lights and sirens. Both headed down the road I’d just driven up.
I knew the fire engines wouldn’t be far behind and sure enough, as I started forward, they appeared about two blocks ahead of me. I finished crossing the intersection and pulled in so they could pass when they got to me, there was a queue of traffic on their side so they’d need to pass on mine.
There was a big Ford 150 behind me which couldn’t fail to see the fire engines right over the roof of my mini but what do you know – God was driving. He overtook me and sailed blithely down the middle of the road forcing the fire trucks to wait on his divine right. Not only was he an unconscionable ARSE – he broke the law.
Who in their right mind blocks the passage of a fire engine? What can possibly be more important than saving lives and property? I was incensed and if half the bad things happen to him that I was muttering in my way home he’s going to be one sorry son of a gun. He was the final straw prompting this post.
This weekend saw local idiots setting fire to flags flying from peoples houses. Due to trespass, the destruction of private property and the potential for razing houses, I believe the perpetrators should face heavy fines and/or jail time on every count. The wanton disregard for lives, others property and the potential extra load on emergency services warrants this.
There are those who believe burning the flag of the United States of America will cause change. That their wanton destruction merits consideration of an opinion they don’t have the decency or respect to portray any other way.
They seem to think their ignorance will result in change.
I think not.
I think disrespectfully destroying our flag is unacceptable and should be a punishable offense.
The Stars and Stripes represents America not its politics. It’s been around for over a quarter of a millennium and will outlive all of our political petty squabbles and divisiveness.
It represents Americans coming together to overthrow a oppressive foreign power.
It’s the symbol of Freedom. The symbol of Hope. Endurance, Loyalty and Honor.
It’s the symbol of the blood, sweat and tears of every American who has worked and fought to make this country great.
It’s the symbol of us.
Soldiers die to protect it.
It’s not because it’s just a pretty piece of material stitched in a pleasing pattern.
They die for it because it represents us, each individual American and all we hold dear.
Before I ever moved here to America, if you asked me what I liked most about Americans I would have answered immediately “their patriotism”.
I feel such a surge of pride when I see the Stars and Stripes flying over a business, school or home.
To me its the story of us each and every American and all of our states.
I don’t believe it has any place in mere politics. It transcends every party and politician. It’s us – we the people. Long may it fly.
As such I am horrified and heartbroken and bloody angry when I see one being burned as a political statement.
Burn an effigy of Trump or Obama.. Clinton or any other politician – I’ll support your right all the way. I’ll think you’re a twat but that’s MY right.
Burn the flag? You’re hurting me, not them. I’m America. You’re America. We The People are the building blocks of America – not the politicians.
I’ll stand behind the flag. I’ll stand beside the flag. I’ll stand under the flag but I’ll never stand on the flag and you can bet your ass anyone who does in my presence will be eating through a straw until they see the error of their ways.