At What Point In Time Do We Stop Apologizing For Being American?
In one sense, this argument does not rise to the level of other issues plaguing the Country today whether it be national security or domestic issues such as the economy or healthcare debate. On the other hand, when Americans are asked to deny their pride or repress their feelings of country for fear of offending someone who may not agree, where does it all end.
Does it end with the ban of holiday displays or by having multiple official languages? When is the line in the sand drawn where people say enough? I believe that we are getting extremely close, ACLU be damned.
(KATU.com) ALBANY, Ore. – “At the Oaks Apartments in Albany, the management can fly their own flag advertising one and two bedroom apartments – but residents have been told they can’t fly any flags at all…”
From the “you can’t make this stuff up” department, it appears that there are apartment complexes around the country that feel it is inappropriate to fly an American flag, display an American flag decal or to have any such display on your car. Why? For fear of offending. But offending who would be the operative question? Those who dislike the United States and its’ emblems are free to go, either back to their homeland or to create a new home in a new land.
Now on any given day there are objectionable things that violate and offend our senses. Rap music, the smell of sulfur, the smell of a New York City subway station, the smell of sulfur in a New York City subway station, drivers going 50 in the passing lane, overt displays of hatred… you get the idea. But the American flag? If the American flag offends someone, let them fly their own flag, move or just keep their mouths shut. In no other country in the world would the repression of national pride be tolerated, so why here?
When love of country is forced to take a back seat to the fear of offending, then the moral fabric of that society is coming apart at the seams. While at first glace this subject does not rise to the level of a nuclear Iran, maybe it does.