I do not care what the context is or was. I do not care if you were manipulated and weak minded enough to be influenced by “fake Facebook” or “the Manchurian candidate” or some conspiracy theory or anything else. This is tragically disappointing and a pathetic attempt at free speech.
IF that is what happened. First the image:
Emotionally, and patriotically, I gotta say this image is horrific to view for me no matter how it came to be.
Just don’t. Do NOT burn our flag on American soil. Any cause you might think you are representing is immediately debased. And delegitimized. It’s so egregious, at least to me, I can’t possibly fathom someone thinking this would advance their cause.
I can’t help but notice the person holding the fire is carefully cropped out of the frame. So perhaps, like the media, I have been tricked by people seeking to divide our country.
But, just WOW, this is a real hot-button for a lot of us. It is painful to view.
As I’ve said before, the Presidency is an “office” – not a “person.” Disagree with the current office holder, as the majority of Americans do, does not justify this.
If it’s Russian propaganda by their new Emperor-for-Life seeking to further divide us – you got me. If it’s homegrown idiots, even if behind a cause you believe in, you have cemented your place in history as traitors.
Do NOT burn the flag my Father, my Uncles, my Mother, my Brother, my Greats, my friends, fought to defend. the flag is a representation of an ideal. That we are all equal. That together we are one. E
e pluribus unum
out of many, one
(the motto of the United States)
In closing, I am highly suspicious of the origin and veracity of the photo. The photographer at a protest can’t tell what is “theatre” and what is “spontaneous.”
I just know in my heart, despite everything going on in 2020, that we must stick together. Out of many, one.