False Flag: Mistaking A Symbol for the Ideals It Represents

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A confession — I have burned an American flag. In fact, I have burned a few. On one occasion I even involved my young children in the process. We removed the worn, faded flag that had stood outside our house since September 11, 2001, folded it neatly into a triangle and placed it on the flames within our fireplace. In doing so, I showed them how to fulfill our patriotic obligations under section §176 of the U.S. Code. This section states that “

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Perhaps this is nothing more than an example of why it is a bad idea to formulate presidential policy in 140 characters or less. However, it is more likely that Trump is unfamiliar with how the law suggests how “” should be shown. Otherwise, he would not have announced his candidacy in front of . The code is very clear that the flag is not to be used as decoration and that instead “”. Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. and the Republican National Committee would also with the flag in violation of prohibitions on using it as “”, “” and as “”.

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Trump is not the first person to wrap himself up in patriotism and fall flat on his face. Blue lives matter hides behind that paints a blue line across an American flag despite wording in the code that states a “” The code also states that “,” but this did not stop a pickup truck driver to declare his patriotism by attaching a flag to the rear of his vehicle. Not surprisingly, it was clear that this flag had passed the point where it needed to be surrendered to the flames of a fire.

Of course, all of this ignores the fact that any flag is nothing more than a piece of cloth. Despite the claim of a group of legislators, it is not “”, but a symbol of our nation’s ideals. When politicians like Trump sacrifice these ideals by using their offices to threaten those exercising their First Amendment rights, they do much more damage than an ill-advised protester with a lighter and a flag. This endangers the foundation our country was built on and all patriots should stand against this, or at least take a knee.

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Carl Petersen is a parent and special education advocate, elected member of the Northridge East Neighborhood Council and was a Green Party candidate in LAUSD’s District 2 School Board race. He was endorsed by Network for Public Education (NPE) Action and Dr. Diane Ravitch called him a “.” His past blogs can be found at .

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children.

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