Flag-Waving 101

It’s been a while since I posted, and the last couple were admittedly lame. Here’s a new one to chew on.

“(B)y order of the President, the flag shall be flown at half-staff upon the death of principal figures of the United States Government and the Governor of a State, territory, or possession, as a mark of respect to their memory.

“In the event of the death of other officials or foreign dignitaries, the flag is to be displayed at half-staff according to Presidential orders, or in accordance with recognized customs or practices not inconsistent with law.

“In the event of the death a present or former official of the government of any State, territory, or possession of the United States, the Governor of that state, territory, or possession may proclaim that the National flag shall be flown at half-staff.” U.S. Flag Code

I think that’s pretty clear. So I’d like to know where bureaucrats get off ordering the U.S. flag over the New Mexico state capitol building to be flown at half-staff whenever there’s an incident of “gun violence” anywhere in the nation.

Not only is this inappropriate, it’s hypocritical. If a drunk driver runs a school bus off the road in Ohio and kills 20 children, the flag is not lowered. If a firebug torches a nursing home in Michigan and kills 20 patients, the flag is not lowered. If an ISIS member or sympathizer shoots five people on a California freeway, not only is the flag lowered, but there is much hand-wringing and outraged screaming for Gun Control.

Like more gun control would prevent ISIS, or even lone pissed-off losers, from shooting people? Sure, like yanking the drunk’s driving license prevents him from driving drunk without a license.

The selective flag-lowering is in no way about mourning, it’s about an agenda. It also displays a cynical disrespect for the flag, and the nation. And it makes me sick.




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