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Al Lavallee

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  As his country falls to pieces around him, Donald Trump has taken the time to do his part to help by… criticizing the NFL football players who have taken to kneeling during the National Anthem, a song about our country that literally features a handful of racist lines in the third, unsung stanza. Using all his presidential prowess, he has used all 140 characters across several tweets to condemn those who dared to disrespect a colorful piece of fabric – which, at this point, when we look around at the waterlogged wreckage of a good number of our southeastern states, which he spends more time viciously insulting for debt and disarray than actually helping any of them, he seems to value more than human lives.

   His first problem, here, is that he mistakenly fell under the impression that those football players are protesting the flag. It’s a pretty piece of fabric, certainly, but when you take into account the violent racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, Nazism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, classism, nationalism and general discrimination against any remotely disadvantaged peoples in our country he seems to only keep engendering, it may certainly be for a very, very good reason.

   Not to mention he referred to literal neo-Nazis and KKK members, people who would literally have the country cleansed of any self-acclaimed imperfections through absolute annihilation, ‘very fine people.’

   And how did he refer to a football player who thought to protest things like this?

   Naturally, he was ‘a son of a b****.’

   Welcome to America.

   So let’s review that flag code, shall we?

   4 U.S. Code § 8 – Respect for flag

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

(b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

(c) The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.

 

(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.

(f) The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.

(g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.

(h) The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

(i)The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever…It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like…

…printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard.

And, finally,

(j)No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.

   So, in case you didn’t notice, that’s nearly every part of the flag code broken over and over again on the regular. That American flag shirt you might be wearing? Illegal. Any American flag bedspread, pillow, carpet, or otherwise piece of furniture you might have? Illegal? Essentially anything you might have at a Fourth of July party? Absolutely, totally illegal. Those unconscionably large American flags held out at the same sports events that those football players are criticized so endlessly during? Illegal.

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  1. Bailey Bishop on October 17th, 2017 12:24 pm

    Hello, I’m Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Bishop and I was flag detail commander for an entire year last year and have been a member of this schools AFJROTC flag detail program for over 2 years. In that time I have been educated about the flag and flag code as it was my personal responsibility and job as flag detail commander to ensure that the flags in front of our school were properly displayed and taken care of. I would like to point out to you that the points which you made in this article are ill informed, not to suggest that you personally were trying to spread misinformation, but that clearly you like many others have some very common misconceptions about the flag code. While I won’t waste your time by addressing every single point in your article, I will explain one thing that the majority of people don’t understand about the flag code which explains why half of those things aren’t disrespectful. You see it is important to understand that there is a distinction between the design of the American flag and the actual flag itself. Unless specifically stated as referring to the design itself, the flag code refers to the actual American flag as in the kind which would be hooked to a flag pole and raised onto that flag pole. So it is entirely in line with the flag code and not at all disrespectful to wear a shirt with the design of the flag printed on it. It would be disrespectful to take a flag off a flag pole, cut it up into pieces, and sew the pieces into a shirt. Wearing the actual flag is disrespectful, not clothing featuring designs resembling the flag. A magazine cover with the flag and some headlines printed over the flag is not disrespectful, if one were to actually physically print something onto the fabric of a real flag that could be displayed on a flag staff, that would be disrespectful. Sleeping in a bed with the flag design printed onto the covers, not disrespectful. Taking the actual flag off a flag staff and using it as a blanket, that would be disrespectful. Again, this is a common misconception people have about the flag code and I understand that most people don’t realize that there is a distinction between the design and an actual flag. So I would encourage you to do a little bit more research on wether or not something is actually against the flag code before accusing well intentioned patriots of showing the same level of disrespect to our flag and fallen soldiers who have died for it, as those who refuse to stand for our National Anthem.

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