To the Editor:
In the opinion section of the Northwest Herald, a Mr. Michaelis recently presented an inaccurate critique of Democrats and democratic accomplishments.
Space does not permit me to dissect each of his errors and half-truths; so I will direct myself to his last clause: “I am proud to stand for the flag.”
With pride a flag is created as a symbol of the nation it represents. The flag aims to portray its country’s values accurately to its citizens and to the rest of the world.
But it is only a symbol. The real essence of the country manifests itself in the way its citizens carry out the values that the symbol represents.
The flag of the United States has 13 stripes that represent history, the 13 colonies from which the United States grew. The 50 stars represent the states.
The colors are symbolic as well: red (hardiness and courage), white (purity and innocence), and blue (vigilance, perseverance, and justice).
So, if a person does not have the courage to demand the truth from his president and does not have the courage to tell the truth himself, then that person disrespects our flag. If a person is unable to see the injustices in our country and is unwilling to persevere in righting those wrongs, then that person disrespects our flag.
If a person is not vigilant in the fight for a free press (essential to a democracy), then that person disrespects the flag he claims to honor.
It is a lot more important to know why you are standing for the flag than it is to stand blindly, obsessed by your own virtue.