June 10th, 2010 By MSchiaparelli | News | Posted In: Community

Time to Run It Up the Flagpole...

Tags: flag, day
I’m one of those rare liberals who live in southwest Warren County, in a suburb that’s almost certainly one of Sarah Palin’s "pro-America" areas of the country. On primary election day, when I announced my party affiliation, everyone looked up and laughed.

Yet, shockingly, few American flags fly in my neighborhood on a daily basis. And not many find their way outside on holidays like Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day or Independence Day. Well, this Monday is Flag Day, another prime opportunity for everyone across the political spectrum to express their passion for America’s ideals by flying the old Red, White and Blue.

According to the website USFlag.org, way back in 1885 a Wisconsin schoolteacher named BJ Cigrand came up with the idea of celebrating the flag’s June 14 birthday. (That’s the date in 1777 on which the Stars and Stripes was officially adopted as America’s national flag.) The idea caught on, and President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation recognizing the celebration in 1916; the date was eventually designated a National Holiday in 1949 by an Act of Congress and ratified by President Harry Truman.

In recent years, it's become popular for politicians of various stripes to wrap themselves in the flag and sometimes even doubt the patriotism of their opponents who fail to ostentatiously wear a flag pin on their lapel. Clearly, it’s time to take the flag back, to reclaim it for all America. After all, this country might not be perfect but it’s still a beacon of freedom, hope, fairness and equality for much of the world.

You can get started by joining local veterans at the New Richmond Branch of the Clermont County Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday for a flag ceremony and recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Staff from the Cincinnati Museum Center will then give a presentation, "Remembering Our Veterans." Pre-registration is required.

If you can’t make it, you can still display your flag on Monday (whether it’s on your home or on your lapel) in honor of the worthy ideals that it represents and for which we should all continue to strive — regardless of the area of America in which we happen to live.

06.10.2010 at 02:14 Reply
I don't know that this country is really "a beacon of freedom, hope, fairness and equality for much of the world". We have more people in jail than any other nation on the planet a disproportionate number of which are minorities. Most are non-violent drug offenders. We are at war with several nations that never attacked us. We overthrow democratically elected governments back brutal dictators. Our military still discriminates against gays and so do most states. We've had several stolen elections recently and we are usually limited to two corporate parties to choose from. "A true patriot is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins."-Frederick Douglas


06.12.2010 at 08:58
Hey, Justin. Yes, America has always talked a good game, but gotten it tragically wrong in practice over and over: slavery, women’s suffrage, civil rights, immigration, gay rights, sentencing policies for non-violent offenders (as you noted) … the list is long. But the trajectory, over time, is positive: toward greater freedom, fairness, and equality for its citizens. As your friend Frederick Douglass noted, "In a composite nation like ours, as before the law, there should be no rich, no poor, no high, no low, no white, no black, but common country, common citizenship, equal rights and a common destiny." It’s this ideal (not the ultimate realization) of our ‘composite nation’ that the flag represents – and why I’ll still be flying mine on Monday. Happy Flag Day.


06.12.2010 at 04:33
Michael S, you have every right to fly your flag. Ideals are important, but we must recognize the cruel reality. We have made some progress, but many other countries are much more democratic, fair, free and equal. I think you have bought into the myth of American Exceptionalism. Most industrialized nations have universal health care, multiple political parties, saner drug policies, smaller prison populations, higher living standards, and more social mobility. They have higher voter turnout and less money in their elections. They have less corporate control and don't suffer from a Military Industrial Congressional Complex. We are plunged into war after war based on lies to shift public funds to private wealth. We kill lots of people and sacrifice our soldiers like no other country on the planet. You should remember that when you fly your flag.


06.11.2010 at 12:13 Reply
We have some kick-ass boy bands, though.


06.11.2010 at 06:35
That doesn't make up for all the racist assholes in this country like you.


06.12.2010 at 04:15 Reply
Your wit continues to sparkle, Justin. Do you have any proof to back up your claim?


06.13.2010 at 11:56


06.15.2010 at 08:12 Reply
Justin doesn't have any proof to back up any of his claims. Girls being sickened in schools, unwanted children given into slavery or tossed in orphanages, women not permitted to work or drive, Muslim refugees shoved on the perimeters in international cities, ethnic bloodbaths, the "higher living standards" have gone down the drain with austerity measures, adding to the misery of workers & the burden of high taxes to support socialism policies, which Justin views as "democratic" & the list goes on. Since Justin fizzled out on the boy band circuit, he doesn't get out much these days. This country is now on the same track to that same fateful misery. We've got crooked government & an untrustworthy president who can't manage an oil spill, let alone bring our women & men in the military home alive. That body count increases daily. However, I believe in the good of this country, having lived in Europe, not just blown thru like Justin, & I believe in the good of law abiding people here. Non-violent drug offenders is a myth. These dope dealers & addicts are destroying our neighborhoods, making people so fearful that their basic rights are being violated. Lock 'em all up until they work at turning their lives around.