Flag Day

Len Marcy wrote a “letter to the editor” published in the Wilmington, North Carolina StarNews reminding us of Flag Day and that the Pledge to it includes “under God.” It has represented our founding “core values,” he writes. But, he continues, “Are our core values becoming ‘rotten to the core’”? Good question. (link below)

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted a flag to represent the reformed confederation of States voluntarily joined as a republic in a constitutional government with limited and carefully enumerated powers. That flag had thirteen alternate red and white bars and thirteen white stars on a blue field. Those features symbolized the original States then fighting for independence from an aggressively large, centralized government. Now a clutter of 50 stars fills the blue field—an empire too big not to fail.

Today only a few people take interest in celebrating what once represented a potentially great nation of independent States—and for good reason. From the beginning many colonists were suspicious of the likely threat from an overpowering central government; they experienced the result of one willing to use military force to suppress their liberties and take the freedoms they had left Great Britain to enjoy.

After the second American war for independence of the Southern States this nation began a rapid expansion of federal power: military occupation and economic and social destruction of American States declared rebellious; imperialist meddling and wars with other nations; overreaching federal taxes; proliferating bureaucracies and regulations.

Every federal administration for more than 250 years has expanded the size and scope of central government. Washington, D.C. is a magnet for business lobbyists and social-interest groups looking for access to money and other power—or to seek relief from excessive federal authorities.

Today “Old Glory” flies over every federal building and federally-controlled institutions throughout the States. In addition every federal department has created its own flag and the secretaries of those agencies fly personally crafted flags on their limousines. The federal “leviathan” reaches into every aspect of the lives of individual American citizens—“from cradle to grave.”

America is in the process of committing cultural suicide. Third World people are allowed access with no requirements to learn English, assimilate and provide for their own welfare. The cult of “diversity” is rampant on American college campuses and speech codes restrict the First Amendment to our Constitution.  We are a nation of squabbling factions vying for attention and the earnings of others. Many people are self-absorbed and self-destructive.

Our federal officials continue adventures in foreign wars, foreign aid, and spending for military defense of other nations. Nine black-robes in Washington are allowed to thwart the will of the people exercised through their elected representatives.

A Federal Reserve inflates our currency and prints money to distribute to favored businesses and public unions. Federal money lenders control virtually all of our home and college loans, and the banks. Fascistic federal agencies take our property in the interest of obscure and unimportant animals and plants. Radical environmental groups obstruct the development of our natural resources.

Our inner cities explode often with anarchy and violence. A race industry supported by public officials fans the discontent—the list goes on and grows.

America is being given away; its history purged; anti-capitalist subversives gain control of our economy; good jobs are scarce; wages are stagnant; big businesses collude with big governments to form corrupt alliances; our elected representatives work against the interests of all the people to benefit a few, including themselves.

Christians are under attack. Mr. Marcy, the letter writer, asks “Has there ever been a time in our country when one who seeks to live by the principles of the Bible is in danger of standing firm on religious grounds?”

Not in my 82 years.

For this, we should proudly wave the U. S. flag?




About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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