As a kid I was always told respect the flag of our Nation, and those that not only laid it all on the line for our freedom, but also for others around the world. I always followed that guidance, and when I was old enough I also decided to put my comfort, convenience, and life on the line, not only for the freedom of my fellow Americans, but for the freedoms we might be able to offer those around the world who were under the boot of the many tyrants and despots who inhabit this planet.

For me it was the need to give back a small amount of what I had been given in a life, that up till my point of enlistment, had been the American dream. I was nothing special as a Soldier, but I know many who I served with that are/were. Service in the name of your fellow countrymen is a privilege and an honor.

I ended my service in the Fall of 2008, and I fortunately have no regrets concerning that service, and the way in which it was carried out. I did my job to the best of my abilities, I served with others who took their commitment seriously as well, and I believe when it came time to “See the elephant”, we made a difference and saved lives.

I say all that to say this, We honor the Founding Fathers because they allowed themselves to be used by God to make this the best nation on the planet, and it still is even 242 years later. With all the faults we have as a nation, we are still the best place on earth to enjoy the freedoms others around the world only dream of. There is a reason they all want to come here, and it’s not the EBT card dreamers I’m talkin’ about.

Understand that when you see our nation’s flag or hear the National Anthem, you are seeing or hearing a representation of the good America has done, and the America we can still be if freedom is allowed to reign. That flag represents all of those who have died standing in harms way. That flag represents every American Citizen who desires to do it even better tomorrow. It does not represent the Communists who are trying to subvert our laws, and use our rules against the original intent, all so we can be subjugated by them. If you think it represents them, you are part of the problem.

There have been many missteps made by many poorly picked leaders of our Nation. With that being said, historically there have been enough triumphs to give us a reputation as the the best place in the world to go to live free. Whether you like President Trump or not, you cannot avoid the fact that he is gaining the U.S. more respect by the day with our allies, and our enemies. Obama tried to destroy our Nation’s reputation, its economy, and if you are a freedom advocate, your will. We weathered that storm, and President Trump has made great strides in undoing Obama’s many errors.

When you see the Flag or hear the National Anthem, what do you see or hear? If you see or hear all the wrongs that have been done, all the slights that have been given, all the injustices that have gone unaddressed up till now, maybe you are the problem. A glass that’s half empty will never be full of anything positive, simply because what’s filling it up is probably full of negative content.

If you see the glass as half full, and that it is filling up more every day, continue on that mindset, because a positive attitude will never fail you, even if the eventual result is failure. Remember, the flag and the anthem are representations of the idea of what good America has done, the good America can do, and the ideas which were espoused 242 years ago in the Declaration of Independence. They are also a tribute to those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice in that service.

The above listed reasons is why I will not tolerate someone burning or disrespecting an American Flag in my presence. I don’t care if it’s your right to freedom of expression. Your Rights have a Duty, and most don’t know that, let alone understand it. The rights you espouse when you burn or disrespect a flag were secured for you by the people whose memory you now disrespect. Trying to argue for your “Right” to burn or disrespect the flag is like saying you wish your Mother had committed abortion. It makes no sense.

When you have your 4th of July parties tomorrow, take a minute and remember what the idea of America was originally. Remember those who have died keeping our nation and others around the world safe from the evil that is rampant across the globe. Most importantly, think of a way you can make a positive impact (remember, “Half-Full”) as an American, even if it’s making yourself less of a burden on society by being as self reliant as possible.

Below are a few videos I found that express some of the sentiments I’ve written here.

God Bless and keep you and our great Nation.

JCD

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