Quoting weefee:" Umm I think you'll find that our flags have great meaning too, relevant to our history. Other countries ... [snip!] ... in America than other countries doesn't mean that these flags don't have meaning and that people don't take pride in them."
And the red, white, and blue of the French flag is left over from the Revolution. 8)
Quoting ☆stumbleine ☆:" I don't know about your flag, but we (Canadians) have taken to hanging our flag up side down. Meaning we are not happy with our Gov. Rightfully so."
People do that here too. I remember going to a concert a couple of years ago. I think it was for Rise Against. They had a huge flag hanging upside down, and I remember being so pissed off..... and later found out, its a sign of distress. Nation in destress, etc.
To me its disrespectful!! I was raised around the military. My dad, my brother and husband served!! So if I see our country's flag torn or on.the ground its a disgrace!! So many people died protecting that flag and this country!!
Quoting Man. Bear. Pig.:" I honestly think the difference in opinions are based on how you view the country and military. It seems ... [snip!] ... an average person. Not saying you guys aren't patriotic.... just saying the more hardcore people may find more offense."
i'll own it, straight up.
i am NOT patriotic, one lick. i think america's a fine country, but has many flaws and doesn't deserve any extra worship / admiration on my part than any of the other countries that strive to treat all of their citizens well (and manage to do so in a number of ways, in which we fail).
i don't even notice flags... unless they're one of those super massive ones!
so, the answer would be no. a flag's a piece of cloth and all meaning imbued on it, is done so by the person who views/flies it.
Quoting bama mommy:" To me its disrespectful!! I was raised around the military. My dad, my brother and husband served!! So ... [snip!] ... if I see our country's flag torn or on.the ground its a disgrace!! So many people died protecting that flag and this country!!"
the flag =/= people. also, it's strange to me to think that our fighting in WWII was really fighting for our freedom, the stuff in iraq was definitely NOT for our freedom and vietnam and korea were just huge mess-ups, so ... yeah, the military's done a lot for america in terms of hard work, but it hasn't been since the revolution that any fighting's been done for our safety and survival directly.
i can't be patriotic when people's lives are the currency of power.
Quoting Mara:" i'll own it, straight up. i am NOT patriotic, one lick. i think america's a fine country, but has many ... [snip!] ... the answer would be no. a flag's a piece of cloth and all meaning imbued on it, is done so by the person who views/flies it. "
Sometimes you say exactly what I'm thinking but can't figure out how to word...just spectacularly.
I think it is disrespectful to burn the flag or to have it on the ground. Outside of that? No.
No, it doesn't. I don't really put stock in symbols.