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RE: The Flag of the United States of America

Lots of views and opinions. What seems to come out though - in spite of opportunity to disagree on some points - is an evidence that we each come to our beliefs sincerely - and arguably from a patriotic stance. That at least, is promising! When extremist views are pulling us apart, we can more readily agree to find common ground, once we identify it. A love of one another, and a love of country and the symbol we equate to it and to freedom, is surely stronger than any angry pulls one way or another. It's true, sometimes good principles can be obscured or refined, when new law or constitutional interpretation is forced into consideration. We have operated a significant portion of our democratic Republic for a long time on the principals of proper and patriotic behavior - freely given. From time to time though, that hasn't been good enough; it hasn't done the job, so we write laws. Sometimes we support them and sometimes we re-address them - either legislatively or judicially. But always, good citizenship and good behaviors toward American principals have always been preferred over forced behavior by law. It's always better if we just behave in ways that serve one another. I've heard discouraged view defining The Golden Rule as "he who has the gold makes the rules". I denounce it, even while recognizing the high value of its humor. But I appreciate the opening chapters of the David McCullough book "Mornings on Horseback", where Teddy Roosevelt's father teaches him those within society who have an advantage, owe more in that society. They should do good for all. I like that. And I know times have changed, but maybe we can shift back more toward that? To me, that behavior reflects in real-world terms, what it means to "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". We aren't at our best respect for others when there's a law demanding it. We are at or best respect to others when we behave that way just because it's the right thing to do. Thanks folks, for your thoughts given to the subject, whether silently, or by way of comment. Thank you to our American veterans. And thank you to others who may not have served militarily, but have served or given of themselves in one way or another to the promise of this great American experiment. I'm proud to be one of you! One of us.
Dave Pete 10/21/20 06:28am Around the Campfire
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