How patriotic are you?

Now, it could just be the after-effects of the myraid cold, flu, sore throat and stuffy nose medicines I'm presently using, but stories like this make me very, very cranky. It seems that Pat O'Brien, owner of a local Chevrolet dealership, has a problem with the city of Westlake's patriotism. Or, more specifically, the city's obvious hate-America-first attitude in the face of O'Brien's unwavering defense of liberty. Or, even more specifically, O'Brien wants to be able to break the law to hang a giant American flag. Could O'Brien hang any number of smaller flags and stay within the law? Sure, but small flags do not a patriot - or a good salesman - make.

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How to Respect the Flag and How Not to Make it a Pornography Issue

The American flag stands for freedom which includes dissent! At least this is how we liberals think of a national symbol that deserves respect because of what it represents!

Senator Specter (R-PA) and his cohorts argued that a Flag Desecration amendment would honor the veterans! Hmmm. Wouldn't it be better to honor them by making sure they have the proper body armor & equipment before they're deployed in battle? Wouldn't it be better to extend health insurance to the National Guardsmen after they return home from service? Wouldn't our fighting men & women be better off if the country kept its promises to them? Finally, wouldn't we show a practical respect for the flag if we made sure that the men & women who fly it in the battlefield are not sacrificed because of false pretences in a war based on a pack of lies?

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