I can't get over the hubbub over the Confederate flag flying at the Statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina. The argument has been made that the Confederacy "was an enemy" of the United States. Therefore, an enemy flag should not be flying over a state capitol.
The other side of that coin is that the Confederacy and Civil War are part of our history. The Confederate flag is part of that history. Southern state capitols should fly it proudly.
Being the liberal that I am, I can understand how the Southern States feel about their flag. Each state wants to maintain it right to fly the Confederate flag as it sees fit.
TV Land to remove "The Dukes of Hazzard" from its schedule, because the car used in the show has the Confederate flag on it, is ridiculous! The show is a comedy, telling the adventures of the good ole' boys and showing off lots of skin in the form of Catherine Bach.
Here’s a little known fact. My friend Fred and I went into New York City for News Year Eve 1979/1980. We managed to get through all the security checkpoints with expired ABC Television credentials and blue ABC windbreakers. We got to the theatre where CBS was broadcasting and managed to see Catherine Bach up close and personal until her manager chased us out.
The one flag that anyone can agree is the true symbol of evil is the Nazi Swastika. Just the thought of it makes me angry, as at least six million Jews and countless millions of other people died under the Nazi regime. How any group in the world still bows to this flag boggles the mind.
Those that honour the Swastika are the misfits, miscreants and sociopaths that took a wrong turn in life, lured into performing despicable acts that no civilized person would do.
Today, of course, there is the flag that represents the Islamic State or ISIS that uses the Internet to lure young people overseas without telling anyone and wants to train them to be terrorists. Just another reason parents to need to keep a watchful eye on their kids and make sure they are not doing they aren't supposed to or going somewhere they shouldn't.
The Union Jack of Great Britain is one of the best-known flags in the world, and during the Revolutionary War, it was the most hated. As soon as England and the United States kissed and made up, our two flags flew together, representing unity and friendship. England has been our staunchest ally in Europe.
How can we forget about our neighbor to the north, Canada? They have one of the simplest, yet most beautiful flags, with the while maple leaf surrounded by red field. I've been to Canada several times and the people there are very friendly. We were in Halifax a number of years ago, on a cruise, when it started to rain just as we were leaving a restaurant. Our server brought over and umbrella that someone else had left there and told us to use it. I doubt that would ever happen in New York.
When in doubt about what our country stands for, remember the following; The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights. There is no other country in the world that has the rights and freedoms that the United States does.
Our flag is a symbol of truth, freedom and the American way. Let's keep it that way.
Matt Seinberg lives on Long Island, a few minutes east of New York City. He looks at everything around him and notices much. Somewhat less cynical than dyed in the wool New Yorkers, Seinberg believes those who don't see what he does like reading about what he sees and what it means to him. Seinberg columns revel in the silly little things of life and laughter as well as much well-directed anger at inept, foolish public officials. Mostly, Seinberg writes for those who laugh easily at their own foibles as well as those of others.
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