LSU Student Doesn’t Burn Flag
While it obvious that people have every right to burn the flag, I’m always happy when someone is prevented from doing so. Some people think its a foolish thing to be against, after all, who cares, its just a piece of cloth.
The thing is, the American Flag is not just a piece of cloth. It’s our real national symbol, like the monarchy is for the British. We don’t have a few thousand years of history, we don’t have a common race, history or religion that ties us together. We have but a flag. The flag symbolizes not only the history of our country, but the idea that we are all one although everyone here is descended from immigrants and so have different familial/national pasts.
The flag symbolizes the reason why so many have died in defense of this country. That reason is, as I mentioned above, that this is a place where people of every religion and color and creed can live and not fear being killed because of their differences. (except in rare circumstances, no place is perfect and we do better than most.)
Contrary to popular belief, the American dream is still alive. I’m the third generation to be born here and not in Ireland and my ancestors had a rough time when they got to Boston to make ends meet. Even my father has worked damn hard his whole life for not very much at all, the same with my mother. Yet now I find myself having gone to school, served in the military and now starting a business of my own. Yes, the flag symbolizes this too, the American dream.
So when someone burns it, they have to realize that that piece of cloth symbolizes more than the government of a country, it symbolizes the nation of people, their history, their hopes and dreams and the fact that even as many, we have become one.
Don’t be a dick and burn the thing, unless you want your 20 something, hippy ass kicked by a 90 year old veteran, because yes, he can still do it.