Monday, June 14, 2021

The War of the Flags

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Today, June 14, is "Flag Day" in America.

Normally the president gives a speech about the importance of our US flag...Old Glory. 

We'll see if that happens today.

One thing is certain, the president recognizes the importance of a flag because his administration, in the past few weeks, has authorized the "BLM" flag to be flown at US embassies around the world.

And his administration has also authorized the LGBTQ+ flag to be flown at US embassies around the world---this while Old Glory is regularly burned in the street riots of Portland, Seattle, and other cities. 

These are flags that are not merely different from our US Flag but stand in extreme opposition to what our US Flag represents. And they are competing for America's allegiance. 

Some are wondering..."does that star-spangled banner still wave or'e the land...?"

Be informed, not misled.

Only a few weeks ago ABC reported that "Secretary of State Antony Blinken authorized all US embassies and consulates overseas to fly the Black Lives Matter flag on their official flagpole this year, according to an internal memo obtained by ABC News."

The New York Times reported, "Sec. of State Antony Blinken has authorized US diplomatic missions across the world to fly the rainbow pride flag on the same pole as the American flag at embassies and consulates..."

If you read both the ABC and the New York Times articles, you learn that hundreds of other news sources echoed these same stories repeating the same virtues.

The so-called "progressive" justification was that this represents what the United States is about. It is a statement about racial equality---now revised to "equity"---which means something very different than "equality." 

And, the LGBTQ flag makes a "statement against homophobia and transphobia."

This is a statement of virtue, by the Biden administration.

Both these flags have come to represent something very different than what the US Flag represents. Both compete with American traditions and constitutional rights. 

"Equity" has replaced "equality" in the Biden Administration and the  BLM movement. "Equity" has to do with the government managing the outcome of everyone's lives, which is the basis for socialism, while "equality" has to do with equal opportunity.

Two different worlds. Change the words, change the culture. "Remake America."---an extension of Obama's stated goal.

 The "progressive" Biden ideology further empowers  the government by instituting a form of socialism that Barack Obama often referred to as a "European model of democracy" that strips personal freedoms from the people---that's why our Founders gave us a Republic---"if we can keep it."

Oh say can you see what the BLM flag has come to represent?

Mike Gonzalez, best-selling author and Fellow with the Heritage Foundation, wrote an article last week following the resignation of one of the founders of Black Lives Matter--Patrisse Cullors.

Gonzalez notes that "over the past 10 months, Patrisse Cullors led the main Black Lives Matter group to significant success: assembling a $100 million war chest, getting a bill introduced in Congress and critical race curricula distributed to unsuspecting children in 14,000 school districts and achieving enough cultural cachet to partner with the musical 'Hamilton'."

In her resignation video, Cullors said she was quitting to "spend more time with her family---which is her 5-year-old son and her "wife." 

Gonzalez observes that had this been a balding white politician, the press would be busily looking for embezzlement or at least a mistress.

The press, however, was silent. Accept for CNN's ceremony of her life, which looked more like a personal press release than a news story.

Gonzalez says, "In fact, Cullors resigned amid allegations of financial improprieties, criticism of her purchase of million-dollar homes, and a radical leftward turn that saw her asking two months ago for not just the elimination of the police force, but also of jails, prisons, and the court system."

The New York Post has covered this with multiple stories.

The devil is in the words.

Cullors has repeatedly said she is a trained Marxist.

In February she released a video that wrapped the BLM agenda with the banner of "Abolition," which sounded odd because Abraham Lincoln achieved "abolition" in 1863.

Interestingly, the word "abolition" is widely used among Marxists. 

Robert Payne, a well-known historian, says: 

"The word 'abolition' is omnipresent throughout Marx's writings. The word almost seems to jump off every page of the Manifesto. And after he has 'abolished' property, family, and nations, and all existing societies, Marx shows little interest in creating a new society on the ruins of the old."

And to make sure everyone gets it, Cullors in her February video praised her mentor, Angela Davis, as one of her "favorite abolitionists." Davis, you will recall, ran twice for President of the United States on the Communist Party ticket and was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize by the ruthless East German regime.

With or without Cullors, this ideology is baked into the BLM movement. 

Should the BLM flag be flying on the same pole as the US Flag? 

Biden Administration authorizes LGBTQ+ flag to fly on US Flag poles.

The New York Times was only one of most news organizations that celebrated the flying of  LGBTQ+ flag on the US Flag pole.

Sec. of State Blinken proudly told the world that the Biden bunch had reversed a Trump decision that rejected allowing the so-called "Pride flag" to fly on the US flag pole.

Some of the closeness between the BLM and the LGBTQ+ seems to be based on the fact that some BLM leaders are homosexual and vice-versa. 

But it's interesting how they line up ideologically. Both rely on being victims to advance their agenda.

And both seem intent, as Marx taught, in bringing down the institutions of America as we've known it-- with no plan to build a more perfect union other than claiming to, as our cities burn.

This administration is clear on its priorities.

Although President Biden has tasked Vice President Harris with solving the problem on our border, she has not cared enough to even visit it.  However, she and her husband have found time and desire to walk in the Washington DC "Pride Parade."

And she found time to attack the pro-life movement while celebrating the LGBTQ+ movement.

"O, say can you see..."

Johnny Cash wrote a poem a few years ago that captured the hearts of millions. I felt it appropriate for today. I hope it captures your heart as well.

Ragged Old Flag

I walked through a country courthouse square,

On a park bench an old man was sitting there.

I said , "Your old courthouse is kinda run down."

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

I said, "Your flag pole has leaned a little 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 kind of proud of that Ragged old Flag."

"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 it's seams>"

"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 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 fro 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 back here at 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 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.

And that's what "pride" looks like.

Pray for America.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Bold. Be Prayerful.