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"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
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OK. Like most people on this side of the pond, I am slightly bemused by the whole "flying the flag" thing. It simply doesn't happen over here. Public buildings here fly the flag. Pubs fly it during the World Cup, when builders vans also have the Cross of Saint George on every available surface. Otherwise, it is not a thing.

Now, don't go getting me wrong - wish it would be a thing. That pride in country? It is something to treasure and respect and admire. I love seeing flags flying outside ordinary homes as a symbol of pride in where you are and what you are, and a passionate commitment to keeping it that way. It's just confusing, you know?

However - what gives any jumped up, petty little jackbooted thug suckling at the public teat the right to say what you display on your own property and for how long? I can understand and make exceptions for public health violations - if your yard is a festering mass of trash and dog doo, that is one thing. A sign proclaiming that you are proud of your nation? Get off my land before I get the shotgun.

A suggestion to the affected home owners. Paint it on the side of your home, instead of as a free standing sign.
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OK. Like most people on this side of the pond, I am slightly bemused by the whole "flying the flag" thing. It simply doesn't happen over here. Public buildings here fly the flag. Pubs fly it during the World Cup, when builders vans also have the Cross of Saint George on every available surface. Otherwise, it is not a thing.

Now, don't go getting me wrong - wish it would be a thing. That pride in country? It is something to treasure and respect and admire. I love seeing flags flying outside ordinary homes as a symbol of pride in where you are and what you are, and a passionate commitment to keeping it that way. It's just confusing, you know?

I have a flagpole and proudly fly the flag in front of my home 24/7 (yes, I have a light on it at night).  When the flag becomes tattered I fold it and take it to the VFW for proper burning.    Americans are VERY patriotic people and we are very proud of flag and country.

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I have a flagpole and proudly fly the flag in front of my home 24/7 (yes, I have a light on it at night).  When the flag becomes tattered I fold it and take it to the VFW for proper burning.    Americans are VERY patriotic people and we are very proud of flag and country.

 :patriot:

I love that idea. Not just flyng the flag, but displaying it and respecting it, even to disposing of it correctly.

It's just - well - different.
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I love that idea. Not just flyng the flag, but displaying it and respecting it, even to disposing of it correctly.

It's just - well - different.
I think part of it is that we were founded, from the beginning, as a republic with no monarch. The reverence that, for instance, the Commonwealth has for the Queen has no parallel here. So we pride ourselves in the republic itself, and the flag is the most accessible symbol of that.

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I have a flagpole and proudly fly the flag in front of my home 24/7 (yes, I have a light on it at night).  When the flag becomes tattered I fold it and take it to the VFW for proper burning.    Americans are VERY patriotic people and we are very proud of flag and country.

I, too, display the American Flag each day.  I served in Viet Nam, my son is a Navy Officer (vet of Iraq and Afghanistan),  wife's father flew the Burma Hump in WWII (had a brother shot down and killed in the Mediterranean), and a Great Great Uncle who died at Andersonville Prisoner of War camp in the Civil War.  We have reason to be proud of history and we display it.
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
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I think part of it is that we were founded, from the beginning, as a republic with no monarch. The reverence that, for instance, the Commonwealth has for the Queen has no parallel here. So we pride ourselves in the republic itself, and the flag is the most accessible symbol of that.

Never thought of it that way - it makes sense!
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I have a flagpole and proudly fly the flag in front of my home 24/7 (yes, I have a light on it at night).  When the flag becomes tattered I fold it and take it to the VFW for proper burning.    Americans are VERY patriotic people and we are very proud of flag and country.

Haven't flown the Stars and Stripes [except for Memorial Day and Veterans Day] since the day before Il Douche got sworn in in 2009. I fly the Skull and Crossbones, and will 'til that POS leaves the White House. It p*sses me off not to fly it, but until that swine is gone, that's the way it is.
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Haven't flown the Stars and Stripes [except for Memorial Day and Veterans Day] since the day before Il Douche got sworn in in 2009. I fly the Skull and Crossbones, and will 'til that POS leaves the White House. It p*sses me off not to fly it, but until that swine is gone, that's the way it is.

Do I take this to mean you are not overly fond of Obama? :mauslaff:
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
George Washington

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Do I take this to mean you are not overly fond of Obama? :mauslaff:

Ya think?
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Haven't flown the Stars and Stripes [except for Memorial Day and Veterans Day] since the day before Il Douche got sworn in in 2009. I fly the Skull and Crossbones, and will 'til that POS leaves the White House. It p*sses me off not to fly it, but until that swine is gone, that's the way it is.
Have you considered flying the Stars & Stripes upside down, i.e., as a national distress symbol?

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Have you considered flying the Stars & Stripes upside down, i.e., as a national distress symbol?

Do both. Distress signal, then the current administration flag.
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