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David Butler

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Ragged Old Flag



I walked through a county courthouse square,

On a park bench an old man was sitting there.

I said, "Your old courthouse is kinda rundown,"

He said, "Naw, it'll do for our little town."

I said, "Your flagpole has leaned a bit,

And that's a Ragged Old Flag you got hanging on it."

*

He said, "Have a seat", and I sat down.

"Is this the first time you've been to our little town?"

I said, "I think it is." He said, "I don't like to brag,

But we're kinda proud of that Ragged Old Flag."

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"You see, we got a little hole in that flag there

When Washington took it across the Delaware.

And it got powder-burned the night Francis Scott Key

Sat watching it writing 'Oh Say Can You See'.

And it got a bad rip in New Orleans

With Packingham and Jackson tuggin' at its seams."

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"And it almost fell at the Alamo

Beside the Texas flag, but she waved on through.

She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville

And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.

There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard, and Bragg,

And the south wind blew hard on that Ragged Old Flag."

*

"On Flanders Field in World War I

She got a big hole from a Bertha Gun.

She turned blood red in World War II

She hung limp and low by the time it was through.

She was in Korea and Vietnam.

She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam."

*

"She waved from our ships upon the briny foam,

And now they've about quit waving her here back home.

In her own good land she's been abused...

She's been burned, dishonored, denied and refused."

*

"And the government for which she stands

is scandalized throughout the land.

And she's getting threadbare and wearing thin,

But she's in good shape for the shape she's in.

'Cause she's been through the fire before

and I believe she can take a whole lot more."

*

"So we raise her up every morning,

Take her down every night.

We don't let her touch the ground

And we fold her up right.

On second thought I DO like to brag,

Cause I'm mighty proud of that Ragged Old Flag."



~ Johnny Cash



God Bless America and all of it's People.

We all can stand tall an proud for we belong to the greatest nation in the world.
 

Sam Elkins

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Is there really a town in America that believes that way? had to imagine...but then I guess being proud of being an American isn't PC anymore. Sad, really sad.



 

Jon Puhalski

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It's true the small liberal town of Amherst Mass. was last week passing an ordinance against displaying Old Glory except for 6 holidays!!! This is also the town that held a non binding referendum last year to legalize Mariujana. Nothing would be more fitting for this dopey little town than to have their selectman all resign in shame.
 

Ken Neeley

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Jon,

That sounds like an interesting story the media might like to know more about.....
 

Rich Stern

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We need to remember: If that community chooses to live that way, we don't have to like it or condone it, but we need to defend their right to choose that path, with our very last breath, if necessary.



Liberty is not a flag. Liberty is an idea which transends the flag. A small minority, safely excercising an unpopular point of view while not treading on the rights of others is the most glorious act of liberty you can witness.



Now, if I could only find a store around here with a flag!

 

Rob LaMoy

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IMHO, if they want to burn or defile our flag they can go to hell or home, but get off our land. I believe in the freedom of speech, and liberty, but NOT at the expense of that which makes it possible. That's hypocracy if ever I saw it!
 

Rich Stern

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"Our land" is "their land," too. The flag is not what makes liberty possible. What makes it possible is the power invested in the people, including the power to choose very unpopular expressions of freedom and dissent.



It's easier to respect the flag than it is to respect the people. The flag is simple and easy to love. People are complicated and hard to love. But to love the flag without respecting the people and their rights is missing the point. IMHO.



Rob, we'll have to agree to disagree.



Now, let's go kick some cowardly terrorist butt!

 

Jeff Duggan

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I understand what is being said here. If a person want's to burn the flag, it's their free right to.....but I don't know if I agree with that. There has to be a common point that all people adhere to and respect in order to have a nation that is one. I know the the American flag as an object is just fabric and colors....but it is it's spirit that is much more. I am a Christian, and I beleve that Jesus said it best after the Pharisees accused his miracles

as being from the devil. He said "A house divided against itself cannot stand." And if we are not careful that is exactly what we will become. Just my opinion.



 

Rich Stern

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A vital idea in the concept of liberty is one's ability to live free without violating the freedom or rights of another. Burning a flag meets that criteria. Murdering does not. So, please don't confuse the issue here: The people in Amherst, MA (they were the focus of my response to Rob) are Americans excercising their rights. The people who cause terror are criminals, regardless of their nationality, religion, etc.

 

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