Upside-down flags become anti-Obama protest symbol Nov 14, 2012 8:56:18 GMT -6
Post by Duck on Nov 14, 2012 8:56:18 GMT -6
Upside-down flags become anti-Obama protest symbols
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November 13, 2012
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November 13, 2012
On November 12, 2012, Philadelphia Daily News shared letters from those who have become upset by those displaying upside-down flags as a symbol of protest regarding Obama’s re-election. Currently sweeping the nation, upside-down flags symbolize the country is in distress and have been displayed by protesters for centuries. Protected by the First Amendment, those who choose to express their freedom of speech through by waving an upside-down flag are finding solidarity with like-minded individuals and offense from those who feel the flag is being disrespected in the utmost manner.
Upside-Down Flags as Political Statements
One upset individual commented to the Philadelphia Daily News that the flag should not be used by those who want to make a political statement. “An upside-down American flag is a distress signal, not a tool to be manipulated to make political statements. Displaying it upside-down offends many, prominently including veterans who fought for our country,” the commenter wrote.
Last week, a Follansbee, West Virginia McDonald’s sparked controversy when the day after election results declared Barack Obama had won a second presidential term; a flag was seen at half-mast and upside down in front of the restaurant. Though the franchise’s owner released a statement to West Virginia’s News 9 saying the incident was the result of a broken cable, many patrons didn’t accept the excuse and viewed the display as a sign of political protest.
The author of the letter written to Philadelphia Daily News suggested a racial link to those who engage in the upside-down flag protests. The writer commented, “The news accounts I have viewed indicate that all of the upside-down flag "patriots" are middle-aged or older white men. I wonder if any of these "gentlemen" would have been inclined to engage in this form of protest if the president were not of mixed race. I suspect not.”
While some would readily argue that the protests have nothing do with race, there are many who would agree with the remark. Not only do many liken the protests and protestors as racist, but they are also accusing those who express their freedom of speech by waving Old Glory with the union looking down as un-American and non-patriotic.
Are Upside-Down Flags Symbols of Protest or a Lack of Patriotism?
As more people are choosing to wave upside-down flags as a sign the country is in extreme distress under four more years of President Obama, there are some who remark that while it is okay to disagree, it is not okay to disrespect the flag. Some find the move more unpatriotic than a political statement. To others, they feel the current state of the nation and four more years under Obama’s leadership will bring the nation to the point of disaster and economic collapse never known previously, thereby justifying the protest.
One Florida veteran and his wife were deeply troubled to see an upside-down flag waving across their yard on Veteran’s Day. Speaking to Orlando’s Fox 35, Shirley Moore spoke of her husband Thomas and said, “To do something like that was, un-American. That does not present us as a United States of America, to have our flag upside down, and it hurt my feelings, because my husband's a veteran."
According to the United States Flag Code Title 36, Chapter 10, the flag should never be displayed with the union (stars) facing down unless in a time of distress.
(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
(b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
(c) The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker's desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general.
(e) The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.
(f) The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.
(g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.
(h) The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
(i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown.
(j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart.
(k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.
What do you think about the upside-down flag protests? Do you feel it is a valid political statement or extreme disrespect to one of our nation’s most treasured emblems?