The latest celebrity dust up with Kaley Cuoco Instagramming her cute pups sitting atop an American flag (or throw, or towel, whatever it was-- it was a definitely the image of USA flag) brings to light an issue I believe all of us are passionate about...the sanctity of Old Glory. The girl had no ill intent in her heart, IMHO-- matter of fact she may have thought it was a very patriotic display. She sure knew no better, and that is the crux of the problem I'd like to open up for discussion.
I am angered by the proliferation of USA flags on all manner of consumer goods. Towels, sheets, underwear, seats of lawn furniture, shoes, and a plethora of other highly undesirable places for the Flag, or it's image to be represented upon. Placements such as these invite abject disrespect and misuse by their very nature.
I likewise go so far as to personally boycott any T-shirt or cap with our Flag represented. This is an extreme position, but I believe there is high potential there for inadvertent abuse-- such as laying your USA flag cap on the ground, or taking off your shirt and tossing it in the hamper. I'm not a big fan of stickers for the same reason that it may open up the avenue of abuse to the Flag. And don't get me started on the little plastic, handheld "flags" handed out at parades that are "Made in China!"
Somewhere along the line we've lost our way...Concessions have been made towards our Flag's use <misuse> to get items sold and expand commercial ventures. When I was a boy I wanted a flag pole in our yard really badly. My Dad <a WWII Army Air Corp Vet> put the kibosh on that idea because he said flying an American Flag was a huge responsibility for a kid. And since he couldn't be home every day, he didn't want to risk me slacking my duties and bring dishonor upon our Flag, our Nation, our Neighborhood, and by extension, our own Family. He proceeded then to explain for me the fact that the Sun would never be allowed to set on it, it couldn't be left out in the rain, it must never touch the ground, once we started flying it we needed to keep it's display regular...and so on. It made a huge impression on me.
But now, all-weather flags designed to be out in all kinds of elements and flags with spotlights illuminating them at night are everywhere you travel and they never come down. I have mixed emotions about these....On one hand, I like the idea that even nature itself can't restrain our Country, but on the other I revert back to my Dad's training about disrespect of the Flag. I'm of two minds on this issue.
I value you guys' opinions about a whole host of subjects and the boards here are a priceless repository of wisdom < translation:
lots of old farts who think like I do hang out here
And if it's not 110% evident by now, I am against any USA flag or depiction thereof being used on anything other than an actual flag designed for a flag pole. I'm not against LEO's, government officials, and soldiers wearing appropriate badges or patches with our Flag.
I realize I'm at an extreme end of the spectrum, probably.
so I'd like to hear what your opinions are about the subject of:
Displaying Our Flag!