Op-Ed: Politicization of Flag Etiquette and TraditionsBy Neil Parker • May 5, 2021
Friends…like me, you may have wondered these past few weeks what’s going on with all the American flags we see flying at half-mast. It seems almost as if they are spending more time there than at the tops of their poles. The current half-mast condition as of this writing is justified because it is to commemorate the death of former vice-president, Walter Mondale, but what about the other instances?
You’re certainly welcome to your own opinion as to whether it was proper for Biden to issue a national half-mast order to recognize Covid deaths. But if we’re going to do that, why be selective? How about likewise recognizing the far, far greater number of deaths from heart disease and cancer? Just asking.
Consider the following headline from Axios dated 4-16-21: “Biden orders flags to be flown at half-staff for 5th time in 8 weeks.” One of those times may or may not have been for the Covid thing, but as the article following pointed out, these orders were for the purpose of recognizing the victims of mass shootings.
Ah, now it’s starting to make sense. Biden (or should we say the puppeteers behind the curtain?) have politicized the time-honored traditions concerning our national flag for the purpose of pressing home their attack on the Second Amendment. The clear intention is to keep the specter of “gun violence” constantly before the American people in order to draw attention to and support for the Administration’s efforts at gun control…..well, let’s be honest, ultimately, gun confiscation and elimination for the average citizen.
There is another very rarely seen tradition of flag etiquette, that of flying the American flag upside down for the purpose of signaling dire distress. Had it been within my power to do so, I would have turned all the nation’s flags upside down in the waning hours of November 3rdand the very early morning hours of November 4th, 2020, as evil actors in democrat strongholds were busily stealing a presidential election through a variety of pre-planned illegal and fraudulent actions.
Oh wait, you didn’t know that or don’t believe that because the publicity arm of the democratic party, sometimes known as the mainstream media, has declared that claims of election fraud are baseless? You didn’t know that or don’t believe that because Big Tech has censored and relegated to Orwell’s “memory hole” the abundant and documented evidences of fraud that existed for a time?
Perhaps there exists a far more legitimate reason for continual half-masting of our flag than that which is presently being perpetrated. Yes, Covid-related deaths are bad, and the deaths of innocent people at the hands of deranged murderers are also bad. Far worse, however, is the theft of a presidential election and the frenzied efforts of those in illegitimate power to insure there will never again be free and fair elections as they continue their quest for one-party rule in perpetuity.
Tags: American Flag, Covid-19, Democrats, Flag Etiquette, Half-Mast, Joe Biden
3 thoughts on “Op-Ed: Politicization of Flag Etiquette and Traditions”
I too noticed this propaganda tool imposed by Barack, Valerie, and Michelle. They’re running the country while Joe is resting under “Dr. Jill’s” care.
I proudly fly the American Flag in my yard, but will use judgement to honor those to who have served in all ways to uphold our republic.
Your point is well take. Honor for the flag for which many of us served under has in to many instances gone by the way side. To your remarks I would also like to add, when you do fly it remember all the lives spent so you can can enjoy that privilege. When it becomes warren and frayed take it down and replace it. At one time, in another world far, far away it was an infraction of the law to do otherwise.
I too have more than raised eyebrows over all of the half-mast activity. While I am saddened by deaths they represent, the symbolism of the US flag is to not to mourn every unfortunate incident and be used as a “tool” to draw attention to gun violence to promote anti-second amendment rights. I fly my flag 25 feet up in the air with my Idaho flag right underneath it and I will lower it for very few occasions outside of the classic half-mast events….mostly deaths of former presidents and vice presidents and the unfortunate deaths of the Idaho guardsmen. Fly it loud, fly it proud and DONT TREAD ON ME!