Friday, June 13, 2008

Flags of our Fathers

As we all know, this Sunday, June 15th, is Father's Day.

What a lot of people don't know, is that Saturday, June 14th is Flag Day. Hell, I didn't even know about Flag Day until I read an article by Oliver North today.

Ironically, it's very apropos to the Father's Day present I gave to my Father today! My Grandfather, a WWII combat veteran that served in the Pacific theater as an infantryman BAR Gunner in Guadalcanal and the Phillipines, died this past April at the ripe old age of 90. I asked my father for his memorial service flag, and he gave it to me after the funereal service. I had it encased and an engraved plaque made, and I gave it to my father today as his Father's Day present, since I won't be able to see him on Sunday.

My Father was very moved by it.

Given the current liberal-socialist-feminist zeitgeist that promotes misandry, anti-Father meme's and hatred of one's own country and outright disrespect of the American Flag, I think it's rather fitting to honor both occasions.

Ollie North does both in fitting fashion in his article, Of Fathers & Flags

Just about everyone in America knows that Sunday, June 15, is Father's Day. The day for dads has been celebrated on the third Sunday of June since 1966, when President Lyndon Johnson decreed it to be so. Those who make and sell power tools and greeting cards have been grateful ever since. Somehow, it just isn't the same for June 14, which is Flag Day and, by no coincidence, the U.S. Army's anniversary.

Father's Day traditionally is memorialized with gifts, cards and calls for dear old dad. Flag Day is all but forgotten. But this year, with the holidays as close as they ever get, there is good reason to celebrate both. As you read this column, tens of thousands of American dads are wearing our country's flag on their shoulders, helmets or flak jackets while serving far from home under some of the most difficult and dangerous conditions imaginable.

Scores of books have been written about the diminished respect accorded to American fathers in our culture. Dads are derided and denigrated in everything from cartoons to commercials. For decades, our entertainment industry and mainstream media have been depicting dads as everything from bumbling buffoons to pathological predators. The dads of "Little House on the Prairie" and "Bonanza" all have passed from the scene. And just like those iconic, heroic dads of yesteryear, waving the flag has gone out of style.

Oh, sure, there was that brief flurry of flag-waving in the aftermath of 9/11. We still can find on the Internet images of soot-covered firemen hanging the Stars and Stripes at the shattered wreckage of the World Trade Center or on the fire-scorched west wall of the Pentagon. And some of us still can recall commuting to work beneath bridges and overpasses on which patriots had draped Old Glory in defiance toward those who brought terror to our shores. But like good fathers, that too has passed. We even have a candidate for president who is acclaimed for refusing to wear an American flag on his lapel.

Of course Obama refuses. He's a tool for the communist socialists that would abrogate American Sovereignty and move us ever closer to the one-world, socialist government all Liberal Democrats favor.

It sometimes seems as though the only place where you can see our flag and a good strong dad together is on -- and in -- a uniform. Rest assured, neither will get the respect or admiration they deserve from Hollywood or the so-called mainstream media.
Hollywood and the so-called mainstream media are devoid of respect and honor. As MarkyMark recently posted, "I remember hearing on the MSM all this hand wringing about the loss of male viewers-OMG, where did they go?! Uh, Darlin', TV's a matriarchal cesspool, so we left-duh!"

Amen Mark.

Throw in the anti-family, anti-patriotism and anti-military bias they inundate their programming with and it's a wonder that any patriotic American male watches anything they have to offer anymore. Where it not for sports, the last bastion of true, competitive male expression, the only "men" that would watch the damn thing would be feminist mangina liberal douchebags.

Anyhow, I just want to add that the conclusion to Ollie's article is a fitting reminder that every American should think this weekend when we are supposed to be honoring both our Fathers and the Flag so many of them have fought, bled and died for.

But in an age when our media disparages fatherhood in general and defames those who wear uniforms in particular, this would be a good weekend to go ahead and wave the flag and thank God for fathers who are willing to serve.

Amen Ollie!


tba said...

The only way to respond to this post is:



"Happy Father's Day to all the father's... and happy Flag Day to the flag".

I had no idea that Father's Day and Flag Day were quite close to each other.

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