Upside Down Flag Protests Disgrace America

Would Those Who Have Sought Demonstrate Their Contempt for President Obama Have Engaged in the Same Tactic Against Any White President?

No one is more disappointed than me that big-government/free spending/massive entitlement society/cradle-to-grave care President Barack Obama was re-elected, but as one who respects the office of the President, I am repulsed that some small-minded individuals/haters have chosen to fly our treasured American flag upside down in protest.

An upside down American flag is a distress signal, not a tool to be manipulated to make political statements.  Displaying it upside down offends many, prominently including veterans who fought for our country.

Like it or not, Barack Obama will be the president of all of us until January 20, 2017.  We can fight him and hate him every day until then, or we can accept that he is our leader and ask our Senators and Representatives, Democrat and Republican, to work with him to accomplish for the American people.  I support efforts to bring our people together for the betterment of a troubled nation.  Compromise and breaking campaign pledges will be necessary in order for this to occur.  If the upside down flag mentality is found to exist in Congress, then we are doomed.

The news accounts I have viewed indicate that all of the upside down flag "patriots" are middle aged or older white men.  I wonder if any of these "gentlemen" would have been inclined to engage in this form of protest if the president were not of mixed race.  I suspect not.  They are disgracing our nation and keeping the flames of hatred burning.

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MoonMan November 17, 2012 at 08:49 AM
They are idiots. And yes I'm sure a majority of them are doing it because he is black. Most won't admit that because then they lose all credibility. But if you look at most of the negative remarks about Obama they always boil down to comments about his race.
takrew December 15, 2012 at 03:40 AM
The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property. When exactly will these fine citizens tell us what their great danger is? Disgusting..... http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Flag-Desecraters/544316545582989
Dan January 16, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Ah, nice to see someone making this about race. None of us here are entitled to define what a distress signal is for anyone else. Having been deployed two times in support of OEF, I have no problem with someone using this as symbol of the state of our country. Maybe, just maybe (try really hard here), this isn't about race and it's about a larger issue. What's this larger issue? Perhaps it's the current state of debt, morals and degradation of our countrymen and women. Our country is floundering and we're surrounded by low/no information voters who don't know what the issues are, how to deal with them or how our children will be hurt. Get with the times - this has nothing to do with race.


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