moderator, in first note i forgot the subject again, sorry this one has it.
<< I preface my response to Joe McDonald's defense of the
US flag and flags, in general, because it is the US flag that he so
proudly defends from the fire of legitimate protest that symbolizes the
genocidal sanctions that have been carried out under a UN Security
Council that is virtually in the pocket of whatever administration is in
place in Washington. >>
Im going to tell you a story of my father . In the 60's, after I left home
he and my mother bought a house that had a flag pole in front of it. My
parents were more radical than most of us. They were anarchist, communists,
socialists, radicals, independents, workers ,intellectuals, members of the LA
county museum. opera lovers etc. exceptional folks.
My father put an American flag up on that flag pole that came with the house.
When I would visit I would bitterly complain.
A number of years later I was shopping with him at a hardware store and he pic
ked up an American flag to buy. He said, "I know you don't like this. I
think that it is important for the neighbors ( all the neighbors knew his
politics) to understand what the American flag really stands for, liberty,
justice for all. " My father would go to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Club
house in Culver City and hang there with his buddies of foreign wars and
discuss (knowing my loud voice Italian father , probably argue) about US
politics and drink beer . They became close friends with him and came often
to his house with the American flag flying in front. He would say, "
now they know what America is really about."
The funny part of the story was my father was Not a Veteran of any war. He
was an electrician and did important work in the US .
my best, roz payne
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