A flag is more than just a symbol…
and it might mean, for some, something
more than it started out to be.
A flag could be for a: country,
location (a region), historic moment
(Iwo Jima comes to mind) so free,
a signaling device, an image to be
recognized by and coming from its view,
views or viewpoint, personal to me,
ideology or theocracy, land hoped for
a nation to be or to mean hate,
even to be hated if one were to see,
think about how the Nazi flag is
thought of today, now don’t think
about Fascism or nationalism brie…
something that tastes good enough
today, a blend of Corporations and
government, like “Big Mamie”,
supported at Baseball games with
influence peddling, advertisement
and money… new national mime,
the impression of fascism but not,
and this is not worth hating… like
tea with Mussolini, now up a tree,
this need to purge anything we are
against, even our own historical roots…
and thrust it right past our own unity.
In these United States we have a ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ we (still) say, a verbalizing of the understanding and meaning of what this symbol really stands for… One nation (warts and all)… One people, American (hated or not)… at One with ourselves (except Uncle Charlie over there).
Flag etiquette is found to be a (very) real concern for Veterans… those who might truly feel something from the flag they fought for- understanding what it stands for and symbolizes. By the way, we can thank Michele Obama for the title of this work, and a kind telling (during a 9-11 event) by video seen here. Remember the flag flap, over the Palestinian flag (as they are not a nationally recognized country), at the Olympics of 2012, in London– yes, all over a flag! This was the same Olympics, which is supposed to stand for a coming together of those (countries… today but City-states and kingdoms of Ancient Greece- then) representing recognized states (known as nations) with a cessation of hostilities (political or otherwise)- known as Olympic peace or Truce. Then the IOC refused to recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel. So did the White House, and next was the BBC- see it here. This is not the case today, in our modern times (?) and politicized climate we live in. It is not just flags we insult today (openly) but people, countries and ideology- let alone trying to undo the feelings of past events in history.