I was in the crowd, in Washington, D. C., when the American flag was burned at the March 20, 2010 protest against America’s ongoing wars. When the flag was burned, a collective GROAN went up from EVERYONE around me. Most of whom were on the Left, not the Right.
I was also locked-up in the D. C. Jail with the guy who, although meaning well, was unwise enough to burn the flag that day. We argued the point (i.e., is flag burning wise or foolish?) from that Saturday afternoon until we appeared in court on Monday afternoon.
I know he meant well but burning the American flag is like shooting yourself, and your movement, in the foot, I told him. We don’t want to DESTROY the symbol of America because America has become evil, we want to RESTORE honor and dignity to America and to it’s national symbol as well. There’s a HUGE difference. He also burned his hand pretty badly, which is terrible, and hurts like anything, but, considering what he did, I thought it was God’s way of letting him know that what he did was a very unwise thing; sort of a painful reminder, for a few days, to give him pause, so that he could think about his actions that day.
I’ve told him, since then, that I know why he did it and that I respect him for doing so, because he was being true to himself, at the time, and he could not have done otherwise. He was angry and, understandably, very frustrated. I’ve done a lot of foolish things too in my life, especially when I’ve been angry and frustrated, so I am certainly in no place to cast stones at him or anyone else for acting foolishly. We all live and learn from our many mistakes, if we are wise enough to do so.
I hope that he and others on the Left realize how counter productive flag burning actions are and that they will not repeat this man’s mistake, because we don’t have the time, now, for such foolishness. We need to come together, Left and Right, before it’s too late and we have no nation left to restore.
Don’t fall for Washington’s tricks. They want us pitted against one another, because they know we will beat them when we come together, so they do their best to set us at each other’s throats. I believe the Right and the Left agree more than we realize. When we unite against Washington, the American People will win America back. Unless we unite we never will take America back. America will continue to spiral out of control, fueled by more hate, more anger, and more violence, until we plunge into the dark abyss of chaos and anarchy.
We need to stop name calling and start getting to know one another, because we are more alike than we are different, and we can all learn from one another, can we not?
As the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they can not communicate; they can not communicate because they are separated.”
Anti-War protest flag burning in Washington, D. C. on March 20, 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3W2ZyvMMa0
On symbolism and the American flag: https://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/america-symbolism-and-revolution/
On how the Left and the Right need to come together, now, so that we can learn from one another: https://ajmacdonaldjr.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/america-why-the-left-and-the-right-need-to-come-together-and-learn-from-one-another/