THE AMERICAN FLAG AND PROTESTING!
“During these times, we, all of us, would comment on those Mo Fo’s in our midst, burning flags, and how they had turned medal wearing, hand to hand combat, in the jungles, fierce Warriors of the Nam, into FLAG BURNING COMMIES!
The American Flag Should Be Sacred. And Dats Dat! I mean, it is perhaps the Greatest Emblem of our Nation! Yet two Separate Supreme Court Rulings, in the Majority, ruled flag desecration was in fact “Free Speech”! They also over ruled both houses of Congress when they passed a bill protecting our Flag within a year or so of the first ruling! I had to think hard and research and read and then…..
I HAD TO AGREE………….
Allow me to Humbly State A Case Of Constitution and Free Speech.. It was stated that No where in our Constitution Is/Are Flags Protected. And this is where we make fools of our selves. THE CONSTITUTION PROTECTS FREE SPEECH AND FREE SPEECH OFFERS OTHERS THE RIGHT TO PISS US OFF. YOU CANNOT SHOOT< MAIN< BEAT UP OR CALL SOME ONE UN-AMERICAN FOR EXERCISING AMERICAN RIGHTS!
The standard reaction to a Flag Burner is to say that Americans Died, Were Maimed and Wounded Defending That Flag! Yet I recall enlisting during the Vietnam War. I wanted desperately to give no quarter to the communists whom wanted to destroy Democracy and Freedom Of Speech! Yet, when 17, with forged mothers signature, was turned down by three branches of service due to both my history on the streets, no real schooling and my birth with club feet and then some, I finally found the miracle of tongue and free speech at 18! ….Enough to get all the way to a Master Sgt who allowed me to test out. I passed three tests and some how got through the physical to be inducted into an Air Force that was over burdened with needs.
Now, while our Flag was a Motivational Emblem and our Pledge Of Allegiance our Solemn Oath to Protect that Flag, Defend Our Nation, and look Out For Our Fellow Soldiers, it was our National Pride In America and Its Lands and Peoples and ways that WE ALL truly swore to protect! And while all of the others talked family, I had no family to talk of. Yet having spent my youth self-educating by sleeping in libraries and traveling the nation, I talked more of my times on the road and world history than I can write today…imagine,,,,I had tales and stories and every where I went I had tons of fellow Airmen listening.
Our focus was often drawn to the protests and flag burning every where; on TV, the Radio, in the streets, even in front of Monuments in our Nations Capitol. Discharged soldiers, fresh out of “The Nam”, Protesting and throwing their medals away. You all saw it in the movies and TV, news programs and the History Channel. But believe me, there were greater men than I whom are also at the end times of their lives that can tell you even more! Here we had SOLDIERS BURNING FLAGS! And we were soldiers… talk about anger .. but to whom…. .
“During these times, we, all of us, would comment on those Mo Fo’s in our midst, burning flags, and how they had turned medal wearing, hand to hand combat, in the jungles, fierce Warriors of the Nam, into FLAG BURNING COMMIES! We Blamed Them!
Was it easier to say “God, Country, Family” then to rip off medals and burn flags in public?! I never found out cause I never crossed that road! Yet those ever lasting deep ugly words of hatred continued to gather the storm! The enemy was our very door and they looked like us! Loyalty beckoned deep inside, while the winds blew the dust into huge dark ugly clouds and all the lights of the worlds glories could not stop the tide of hate!
I would try, i swear, I tried to be Like Mike.. but I simply could not! I was 19 and had already seen more hurt and pain than any of the dozen or so other young men had! Plus, the previous 7 years I was reading Tacitus and Homer, while they were reading hot rod mags! Had I thrown out the door both Honor and Faith? Thus absent of cause…I wilted inside and less I demonstrate my feelings, I was forced to take sides. Some were beat by those whom had yet experienced their pain let alone their battles for Nothing produces Rage as Rage itself!
Swat them we did,,, with words rabid and hatred and TRAITOR! !
I and others swore our oaths to Protect our Country, to battle all manners of evil ! I am a VET and I tell you what, peeps were burning Flags out side our bases! Vietnam War was killing and maiming –they were dying bro!!! yet peeps were burning Flags and spitting on us.. i went home for leave and had to remove my PROUD AS HELL ON FIRE AWESOME HE AIN”T GONNA BE NOTHING BUT A CROOK LOOK AT ME NOW UNIFORM !!! Not cause any one was gonna kick my butt.. no –the opposite —-i simply did not want to be killing no stupid mo fos..and then i got it!
I must admit that gnaw it did, heart and soul,for they were we and we were they,, yet to be in that place… And I recalled those two documents, one titled the The United States Constitution, and the second, our Bill Of Rights. Yes, I had read them both at 13. And by 15, I had read all about the Presidents, one of my favorites? The Border Captain Him SELF! Indian Fighter and Hero Of New Orleans. Andrew Jackson!
One night, we had an alert. A lock down. No going into town. We often had alerts cause our B-52 pay loads included the BIG ATOMIC GUYS! 24/7 and ready to fly North over Russia.. need be. And we had the SR 71, to be sure we knew where to go. And tankers to carry the fuel.. We were in a room, in a barracks, getting color tattooed by a Sgt who had a real tat gun! Both arms were covered, from shoulder to writs! 5 girls names included! –home made single needle tats, “GOTTEN”” to look older.. yup and look like prison tats at that! So I was limited to what I could put over the old tats …
25 bucks and I was having a 80 D Colored tat, Skull w/cross bones, “Dead Mans Hand” in a ribbon above, with 5 cards. When he finished, some one said: “hey, didn’t Wild Bill have aces and eights?” The letter A was on each one!! I did not care.. man it was awesome, but the conversation went from tats and Wild Bill, to Burning Flags again cause that was the next tat! A Flag with Death Before Dishonor…
Death Before Dishonor? I could hardly hold my tongue! Here was an American Flag, being laid down with deep punctures of a metal spear, dripping with blood like red ink, crying out to Hippy and Vet alike, I CHOOSE DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR! We all were with him at that very moment.. ALL OF US! Proud to be part of the Great Military That Ruled the Entire World Through The Power of Us Young Men!
Yes It was an aged statement surely tattooed on many a young soldier dating from Mesopotamia and Egypt, to the Greeks and Spartans and even the Roman Legions! Did not each man absolutely believe in their cause? Did not each one live up to that statement? Would not this young soldier of pride and glory equate this ageless claim of ageless time?? MAKE YOU PROUD!!
But while every ones mind was deep into the tat gun’s buzzing and the Flag mystically appearing with every swipe of the rag, my mind would not let go! Andrew Jackson, Hero and President and a Man’s Man, had caused the Trail Of Tears on an entire Nation of Souls and did so by disregarding the Supreme Court that ruled the Cherokee were a Nation with an Alphabet! Did not the Hero of New Orleans say, if they want to enforce it –their ruling– let them come and enforce it! These Native Americans had peach groves, Cotton Fields, Ran several Ferries, Lived in White clapboard homes, had slaves..You see my friends and enemies, it had touched me years earlier that the Supreme Court is just that! For once horrifically removed from their lands, white settlers moved in and claimed all that these poor souls had while the once proud Cherokee died en-mass along that trail Of Tears! . No Democrat or Republican. Just plain old greed and Jackson’s hatred of INDIANS!
What I learned back when was that those soldiers whom burned flags and supported others whom were not Soldiers burning flags, simply could not be guilty of any crime! Even though it was a crime in some states. They had gone and fought and lost so many and were forever treated like garbage by a populous that hated us! They had FOUGHT! AND LIVED UP TO THAT CLAIM! DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR.
FREE SPEECH IT IS. THE BEST WAY TO GET INTO THE OPPONENTS HEAD IS TO DO SOMETHING THAT WILL GET THEM RILED UP! Not counting THUGS! Most of them are not burning the Flag to get even or cause they hate it just like those vets did not hate the Flag! The Supreme Court decided that it was perhaps one of the truest forms of free speech! The way for a pacifist or antagonist to get into your head is to burn a USA FLAG! get it??? so I ignore them, cause that there free speech? it is supposed to rile you up and the more we post info that is not true,or hate full we then cross their lines..with further abuse in writing and telling bolsters their cause right or wrong! I tell them… go and burn some more!! Sht! I believe in our CONSTITUTION– so burn baby burn –but i am not gonna say a word…and i am definitely not going to say a MAJORITY OF SUPREME COURT JUSTICES ARE JUST “PEOPLE DOING WHAT THEY WANT BY PASSING THE CONSTITUTION MAKING NEW RULES TO SUIT THEM SELVES! ” that is asinine.. READ THE OPINIONS FIRST THEN READ THE CONSTITUTION–