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Our National Ensign: “Olde Glory”

OLDE GLORY

“I AM THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA;
MY NAME IS “OLD GLORY”.
I FLY ATOP THE WORLD’S TALLEST BUILDINGS,
I STAND WATCH IN AMERICA’S HALLS OF JUSTICE,
I FLY MAJESTICALLY OVER GREAT INSTITUTIONS OF LEARNING,
I STAND GUARD WITH THE GREATEST MILITARY POWER IN THE WORLD.
LOOK UP! AND SEE ME.“

I STAND FOR PEACE – HONOR – TRUTH AND JUSTICE.
I STAND FOR FREEDOM.
I AM CONFIDENT
I AM ARROGANT
I AM PROUD.

WHEN I AM FLOWN WITH MY FELLOW BANNERS,
MY HEAD IS A LITTLE HIGHER
MY COLORS A LITTLE TRUER
I BOW TO NO ONE!!!

I AM RECOGNIZED ALL OVER THE WORLD,
I AM WORSHIPED – I AM SALUTED – I AM RESPECTED.
I AM REVERED – I AM LOVED AND I AM FEARED!

I HAVE FOUGHT IN EVERY BATTLE OF EVERY WAR FOR MORE THAN 200 YEARS:
GETTYSBURG, SHILO, APPOMATTOX, SAN JUAN HILL, THE TRENCHES OF FRANCE, THE ARGONNE FOREST, ANZIO, ROME, THE BEACHES OF NORMANDY, GUAM,
OKINAWA, TARAWA, KOREA, VIETNAM, THE PERSIAN GULF AND A SCORES OF PLACES LONG FORGOTTEN BY ALL
EXCEPT BY THOSE WHO WERE THERE WITH ME,
I WAS THERE!!

I LED MY SAILORS AND MARINES, SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN
I FOLLOWED THEM
I WATCHED OVER THEM
THEY LOVED ME!!

I WAS ON A SMALL HILL ON IWO JIMA,
I WAS DIRTY, BATTLE WORN AND TIRED
BUT MY SAILORS AND MARINES CHEERED ME!
AND I WAS PROUD!!!

I WAS AT GROUND ZERO IN NEW YORK CITY ON SEPTEMBER 11TH AS COWARDLY FANATICS ATTACKED AMERICA.
I WAS RAISED FROM THE ASHES OF ONCE PROUD BUILDINGS BY BRAVE FIREFIGHTERS.
HEROES, WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES TO SAVE OTHERS, SHOWING ALL THAT AMERICA, ALTHOUGH BLOODIED, WILL NEVER BE BEATEN.

THOSE WHO WOULD DESTROY ME CANNOT WIN
FOR I AM THE SYMBOL OF FREEDOM,
OF ONE NATION UNDER GOD
INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY
AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

I HAVE BEEN SOILED, BURNED, TORN AND TRAMPLED ON THE STREETS OF MY OWN COUNTRY
AND WHEN IT IS BY THOSE WHOM I HAVE SERVED WITH IN BATTLE, IT HURTS.
BUT I SHALL OVERCOME
FOR I AM STRONG!

I HAVE SLIPPED THE SURELY BONDS OF EARTH
AND FROM MY VANTAGE POINT ON THE MOON;
I STAND WATCH OVER THE UNCHARTED NEW FRONTIERS OF SPACE.

I HAVE BEEN A SILENT WITNESS
TO ALL OF AMERICA’S FINEST HOURS,
BUT MY FINEST HOUR COMES
WHEN I AM TORN IN STRIPS,
TO BE USED AS BANDAGES FOR MY WOUNDED COMRADES ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE
WHEN I FLY HALF MAST TO HONOR MY SOLDIERS,
AND WHEN I LIE IN THE TREMBLING ARMS OF A GRIEVING MOTHER,
AT THE GRAVE-SITE OF HER FALLEN SON OR DAUGHTER
I AM PROUD!!!!

MY NAME IS “O L D E  G L O R Y”
LONG MAY I WAVE

DEAR GOD
LONG MAY I WAVE!!!

Flag Burning Q & A

How do you feel when you see images of the U.S. flag burning?

IT HURTS.

I find it to be personally repugnant, insulting, and angering; however, being offended is the price of freedom. I am saddened to think that people find it necessary. As a veteran, I also find it to be disrespectful, not only to me, but for the millions who bled on the battlefield in since the founding of America.

If you saw someone planning to burn a flag, what do you think you would do?

It’s difficult to say with total certainty. I believe that I would engage them in conversation, ask them if they were renouncing citizenship, listen to them and appeal to their conscience to dissuade them. If unsuccessful, I would depart.

As a real warrior, I handle threats differently than social justice warriors who run around in a fantastic crazed state of screaming and being offended.

Now, If they came over to my house to burn my flag, they would have a very bad day.

Do you think burning a U.S. flag is a legitimate and effective form of protest and subject to 1st Amendment protections? Why or why not?

I think it’s a real form of stupidity; however, I will concede it as a freedom of expression that has no victim.

Is flag desecration is a serious enough problem that it warrants a constitutional amendment? Explain your point of view.

No. This is a legislative issue, not a constitutional issue.

Besides, legitimate constitutional amendments are usually designed to restrict the power of government, not the rights or activities of the people that do not violate the life, liberty, or property of others.

There are only three federal crimes a citizen can commit in the main body if the Constitution. All others are reserved for the states. While I’m not a fan, I support the court’s decision in Texas vs Johnson. I see the action of burning a flag oversees as protest as an expression of hatred related to US foreign policy. I think it is also protest here. Instead of being offended by it, I mostly dismiss them as angry idiots. It is not the most effective means of activism as far as I’m concerned. Their time would be more productive by connecting with more people through more positive outlets.

An Article V Constitutional Convention for a new amendment is extremely dangerous. This is the worse congress in history and the next one is likely to be even worse than this one. I have no doubt that meddling with the Amendments would result in the evisceration of massive sections of the Bill of Rights. That is a deal breaker which would dissolve the Union according to the Preamble of the Bill of Rights. Even with more egregious edicts that need to be overturned like the 16th and 17th Amendments, the benefits do not outweigh the risks.


In spite of the US Supreme Court cases, most States still have laws against the intentional desecration, mutilation, or burning of the US Flag, applicable State Flags, and the Confederate Flag.

To learn more about Flag laws in your state:

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/state-flag-protection-laws