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How important is the American flag to Americans?
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I have no loyalty to a flag. Burn that shit all you want for all I care.
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Humanism > Nationalism & Patriotism
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There's actually a flag code. It's not really enforced. Here's just the basics:

1. The American flag may not touch the ground
2. No writing anything on the flag. No matter how American that writing, drawing, or whatever is, it's still defacing the flag.
3. The flag cannot be used for advertising purposes (businesses, you are in so much trouble...)
4. The only time it's acceptable to burn the flag is when it's tattered so much that it's no longer presentable, even with repairs. Even then, it must be turned over to the proper organizations that do flag burning ceremonies.
5. When displayed with other countries, every country's flag gets their own flagpole and are at the same height. The American flag is no exception.
6. Don't leave it out in the rain
7. Don't use it to decorate anything, especially if it's something disposable.
8. Don't step on it. This ties in to #8.
9. Unless there is an extreme danger to life or property, don't display it upside-down.

Personally, I believe any self-respecting American citizen should follow the Flag Code, but people keep citing the First Amendment as an excuse to disrespect it...
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HuastecoOtaku wrote:

The American trinity
The Flag, Guns, and the Bible


And sadly I have to agree... Don't forget HM's of sex, std's and drugs though!
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LtAgn02 wrote:

There's actually a flag code. It's not really enforced. Here's just the basics:

1. The American flag may not touch the ground
2. No writing anything on the flag. No matter how American that writing, drawing, or whatever is, it's still defacing the flag.
3. The flag cannot be used for advertising purposes (businesses, you are in so much trouble...)
4. The only time it's acceptable to burn the flag is when it's tattered so much that it's no longer presentable, even with repairs. Even then, it must be turned over to the proper organizations that do flag burning ceremonies.
5. When displayed with other countries, every country's flag gets their own flagpole and are at the same height. The American flag is no exception.
6. Don't leave it out in the rain
7. Don't use it to decorate anything, especially if it's something disposable.
8. Don't step on it. This ties in to #8.
9. Unless there is an extreme danger to life or property, don't display it upside-down.

Personally, I believe any self-respecting American citizen should follow the Flag Code, but people keep citing the First Amendment as an excuse to disrespect it...


As an American, I believe everyone should have the right to respect or disrespect as they please. Remember, it's what the flag represents that matters. Not the individual pieces of cloth. If you want to burn the flag, go for it. I'm not concerned with things as small as that. I'm concerned more with how those people burning the flag treat the people around them. If they treat them well, then I don't have a problem with them burning a piece of cloth.
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I love being American. What I'm tired of are the people who want something for nothing and the people who claim to be oppressed by hardships they've never personally faced.
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Fjallrav wrote:


LtAgn02 wrote:

There's actually a flag code. It's not really enforced. Here's just the basics:

1. The American flag may not touch the ground
2. No writing anything on the flag. No matter how American that writing, drawing, or whatever is, it's still defacing the flag.
3. The flag cannot be used for advertising purposes (businesses, you are in so much trouble...)
4. The only time it's acceptable to burn the flag is when it's tattered so much that it's no longer presentable, even with repairs. Even then, it must be turned over to the proper organizations that do flag burning ceremonies.
5. When displayed with other countries, every country's flag gets their own flagpole and are at the same height. The American flag is no exception.
6. Don't leave it out in the rain
7. Don't use it to decorate anything, especially if it's something disposable.
8. Don't step on it. This ties in to #8.
9. Unless there is an extreme danger to life or property, don't display it upside-down.

Personally, I believe any self-respecting American citizen should follow the Flag Code, but people keep citing the First Amendment as an excuse to disrespect it...


As an American, I believe everyone should have the right to respect or disrespect as they please. Remember, it's what the flag represents that matters. Not the individual pieces of cloth. If you want to burn the flag, go for it. I'm not concerned with things as small as that. I'm concerned more with how those people burning the flag treat the people around them. If they treat them well, then I don't have a problem with them burning a piece of cloth.


Yeah, I'll agree with you there. It just irks me that people are so busy flag-waving that they're forgetting the ideals the country was founded upon.
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VZ68 wrote:


Steelmonk wrote:


CKD-Anime wrote:

Very important





Yep, some feel nothing. I however feel something. Especially having traveled as military and civilian. It feels good to see Glory when you come home. I know my wife feels good when the Rising Sun is flown. It's OK to be patriotic, it just means you love your fellow country men and women. Don't let political debate or indifference spoil your fun. Listen, Glory represents good times and fun also. Keep in mind, we did the following as a country....

Stormed Dachau, Treblinka etc.
The model T
Implemented Representative government
Freed the slaves
Invented TV, internet, lasers, computers, etc.
Legalized Marijuana
Invented Rock and Roll
Legalized gay marriage
Some of the greatest movies of all time
Made Disney Land
Landed on the moon
Chilli dogs
Hula Hoops
Cheerios

Don't be so down on yourself and your ancestors, stand tall, it's ok. Just do and be the best you can, and you'll be living the true American philosophy.


Not only did we land on the moon, we played GOLF on the moon, and drove cars on the moon.


Damn Straight!
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I like the flag make me proud. My favorite is when we had thirteen states so stars where a circle. I like the state flag also its bear for California.
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(regarding the 80's Reagan-era craze for "tantrum" Art stunts putting the flag in inappropriate situations)
"'Gee, I'm not feeling free enough, think I'll tie the flag in knots and pass it through my colon...' Y'know, you're not being 'sacrilegious' when you desecrate the flag, you're just being a massive pain in the ass."
- Dennis Miller, SNL
Twenty-seven years ago.

(I'm sorry, Hobbit and Name, you thought this was new? Every generation does. )
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It's simply good manners to show respect to the flag while you have the right under 1st amendment to burn it I have the right to put out what I believe to be fire hazards. Expect a bucket of water if I see some fool waving something on fire around.


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I do believe the American flag, like any other nation's flag should be respected. People have fought and died for that flag. In fact anything a person has fought and died for should be respected however which way you decided to respect that object/feeling is your choosing
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TheHighlarksEcho wrote:

I do believe the American flag, like any other nation's flag should be respected. People have fought and died for that flag. In fact anything a person has fought and died for should be respected however which way you decided to respect that object/feeling is your choosing


No one fights and dies for a flag. They fight and die for the people and ideas that the flag represents. Lets not get those two mixed up.
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Honestly, I see why people care about the flag so much. I personally don't care about it enough to have one hanging outside my house because I don't see a point. Don't get me wrong, the US is a good county, but it has a lot more problems than many other countries. I'm glad I was born here (1 reason being that Crunchyroll licences mainly for the US) because I'm able to do more things than others in different countries, but I personally don't like patriotism. I do think it's not right to burn any flag, but I personally wouldn't be offended if someone did.
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