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Fourth of July Thoughts

A wish to see the civility of days gone by again.

That I see red, white, and blue everywhere this week reminds me of the first full-sized American flag that I ever owned. I was a Cub Scout in 1958—Pack 56, Den 2, and received my flag as a birthday gift. It contained 48 stars and came as a kit with a beautiful hardwood staff, a solid brass display bracket, and a booklet explaining the protocols of caring for the flag and on which national holidays displaying the flag was appropriate. My father installed the bracket onto a support pillar of our front porch and I was responsible for unfurling and displaying it on the appropriate dates. Off time, it lived in corner behind our front door but I often displayed it just so I could watch it in the breeze and sneak in a scout salute.

A few years later, as a Boy Scout, I had the privilege of marching in a Memorial Day parade as part of our troop’s color guard, bearing our flag. It had 50 stars then, and my pride in it, my country, and in my new president would never be greater. It seemed to me that there wasn’t as much divisiveness then. People trusted elected officials and believed in their commitment to our town. At election time, the adults would argue about who was better, but there was no obscene name-calling (OK, maybe a little!); no belligerent letters to the editor appeared in the Daily Record; and no one who hoped to attain public office ever publicly used profane insults in describing an opponents. So, for this July 4, it would be my wish to see that type of civility again. I witnessed that it as a poll worker during the primaries and know it’s possible. 

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stacie bohr July 08, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Very good point, Nose. Direct that to the finger pointers and not to the honest and reasonable recipients of same.
Chuck Ruff July 08, 2012 at 02:06 PM
"America was founded upon Judeo-Christian values" Care to provide some historical basis for this revisionism???
Joe videodummy July 08, 2012 at 03:18 PM
P.S. Slavery was common in Greece, and also in early Christian societies. In Athens, almost every citizen owned at least one. Keeping in mind that woman and children were 'chattel's' or a possesion of the men. The chattel slave was an individual that on occassion would be forced to submit to their 'owner' to be temporarily leased to another owner in lieu of payment or until another agreement could be reached. Simon the shoemaker was most likely a very busy and popular man.
Joe videodummy July 08, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Which one ? The one that teaches to reprove, correct and train in righteousness while having constraints on sexual conduct and the death penalty for Homosexuals, or the one that reaps the abundant fruit from the work of Aristotle ? This is the one that teaches to sell an object for it's true worth, and follow the devine law of perfect happiness in the possession of God' Devine Law which leaves nothing unpunished that is contrary to vitue. Ethical questions are carefully investigated, and each indivual, at least in principal, will practice their faith conceding to the absolute religious authority. In this one, children that hate their parents must be killed (Luke 14;26 ) Love thy neighbor but if they have not had the opportunity to hear about Christ they are damned {to hell} buy no fault of their own. Raise the flag and remember that we can be ordered to punish mercilessly, people that are blameless for rape, torture, slavery, ethnic cleansing, genocide, adultery, and any other atrosity, because we know such actions are wrong and we are one nation under God.
Nose Wayne July 08, 2012 at 05:12 PM
They NOSE who they are!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA,WERE GOING TO NEED IT!!!

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