Letter: Maybe Old Glory should not have been flown under Bush

Mar. 11, 2013 @ 12:07 AM

Editor:

To the citizen who recently wrote about placing his American flag in a glass case instead of raising it on his flagpole, I have this question: Were you maniacally waving Old Glory when George W. Bush was thumping his war drums, eager to invade a country which had zero to do with 9/11? Were you still flying it when that President persuaded Congress’s bleating sheep to follow him?

Reputable on-ground sources in Iraq constantly reported that no WMDs were found at any location where Bush administration operatives said they’d be hidden. Unwilling to evaluate that constant barrage of contrary evidence, George W. Bush ordered Americans to invade and occupy a non-combatant country.

A desire to hide the flag of our forefathers during the Iraq incursion would have been understandable because that Presidential decision defied morality and reason. Hiding it now because a new President wants to provide all Americans with medical insurance is petty in perspective.

Other more pertinent times to consider hiding the flag have arisen during the first decade of the 21st Century. How about when the freedom-restricting boys and girls in D.C. passed the rights-trampling “Patriot” Act? Or how about when a Supreme Court decision stopped an apparently legal recount of votes in Florida (Bush v. Gore)? And in Citizens United, the Court said, “Corporations are people.”

Yep, just like you and me, corporations have millions of dollars available to sway voter opinions. Earlier, the men and women in black ruled in favor of rich guys being able to take a poor guy’s home through eminent domain (Kelo v. City of New London). Feed the rich at the expense of the poor. That’s America?

So, sir, if your flag flew after those decisions and under the circumstances I’ve presented above, then it should still be flying today. If, as ridiculous numbers of conservatives now suggest, economic collapse and socialism lurk just around the corner, its seeds were not sown by the Obama administration, but by war-happy, bomber-buying, “nation building” Neoconservatives coupled with Supreme Court judgments favoring Federal welfare for the rich and powerful takers while giving nothing to the poor and disenfranchised.

On a different note, a comment to voters choosing no” in the Pigeon Forge liquor referendum: If you’re a citizen wishing to restrict by-the-drink sales of hard liquor because of alcohol’s known and hypothetical dangers, you should not be opposed to the placing restrictions on “assault” weapon availability. Both hard liquor and AR-15 bullets can be skull-busters when used improperly. Align your life perspectives; be consistent.

John Jessel

Sevierville