It is offensive for anyone, especially children, to be forced to conform with someone else’s concept of patriotism.
- I remember when the the religious phrase was added to the Pledge of Allegiance. We were assured that we need not say the offensive phrase if we didn’t want to.
- I remember Clint Eastwood’s movie with a scene showing a policeman threatening a Japanese woman, the wife of a Japanese soldier, for not displaying the Japanese flag during the war.
- I think of frequent disrespect for the flag: flag clothing, flags flapping from moving cars, flags left flying overnight unlighted, flags left flying in the rain.
- I think of the National Anthem played over loudspeakers ignored by the people.
- I remember being bullied for not having a flag pin in my lapel during the Vietnam war.
- When compelled to stand for the pledge, as at Tom Reed’s meetings, I remember that it was written by an American Socialist–Francis Bellamy
I find these offensive–the casual disrespect of the flag as well as efforts to force conformance with another’s concept of patriotism.