I am a Vietnam veteran and proudly wore the uniform and served under the flag of these United States of America. I love this country and am highly offended when anyone defaces or desecrates her symbol of freedom – The American Flag. I defend the Constitution and since freedom of speech is one of the protections under the Constitution, I will defend anyone’s right to their opinion and the right to express it publicly. I do not support hate speech or the infringement upon the right of anyone to life, liberty, or their pursuit of happiness. Although, the war that I fought in was not popular and the debate as to whether it should have ever been fought or not I will leave to others and another time! I went there because my country directed me to do so and I attempted to serve with honor and believe that I did. I am not ashamed of my service, because my purpose in going was to defend “freedom”. The Peoples of South Vietnam desired freedom from the tyranny of the North and any people desiring freedom from despotism have a God-given right to seek the opportunity to enjoy it. I say that about any people anywhere in the world. Having said that, I am not suggesting that we enter conflict in every country where there is a challenge to dictatorship and tyranny but “freedom” is worth fighting for and worth dying for.

Recently there was a report published by Harvard University stating that celebrating Independence Day or the 4th of July, the parades that went along with it, etc. only benefited the Republicans and suggested that Democrats not participate or celebrate. It suggested that celebrating July 4th was a, lose-lose situation for Democrats because it shifted preferences to the right not the left. Isn’t that interesting! Celebrating the birth of our nation infuses people with a patriotic spirit and attitude and that is negative for Democrats. What does that suggest about what the left believes and stands for? If I were a Democrat I would be infuriated by the Harvard study unless, of course, I were Anti-American, opposed to the Constitution, and desired to see the restricting or elimination of personal individual freedoms and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution of this great nation.

Now, there is a new report by professors from the University of Chicago, Cornell University and Hebrew University that takes the Harvard study a step further. They reported, “A single exposure to an American flag resulted in a significant increase in participant’s Republican voting intentions, voting behavior, political beliefs, and implicit and explicit attitudes, with some effects lasting 8 months.” Wow! The study went on to say, “These results constitute the first evidence that non-conscious priming effects from exposure to a national flag can bias the citizenry toward one political party and can have considerable durability.” I encourage you to watch what comes next from this administration and the left. If I were a betting man, and I am not, I’d bet that there will be an effort to ban the flag from public buildings, schools, and from any usage in political campaigns. Can you imagine what that would say to the rest of the world about this country? What it would say to me about anyone who would support this idea or even espouse this study is that they “despise this country”. Had it not been for a patriotic spirit there would be no United States of America. Just like the Christian flag moves me to tears when I see it because it reminds me of the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the American flag causes my eyes to become misty thinking about what it meant initially and has meant for generations. This latest study conducted, an experiment and concluded that: “Subtle exposure to the American flag significantly shifted both Democrat and Republican participant’s beliefs, attitudes, and voting behavior toward Republicanism.”

Now, I don’t want to accuse those conducting the studies of “hating” America but to suggest that Democrats not celebrate the 4th of July certainly pushes my perception in that direction. Likewise, this latest study seems suggesting that the flag is bad if you support the ideology of the left. This, in my opinion, suggests that anyone who is Pro-America or has a spirit of patriotism is somehow considered bad. I guess, on one hand I’m glad that they produced these reports because it exposes the attitude of far too many on the left as being Anti-American and having no sense of patriotism or pride in this country, its founding principles and freedom. It has prompted me to a new commitment.

1. I will fly my American flag daily at my house.
2. I will find an American Flag to put on my truck either an actual flag or an emblem that I can affix to the vehicle.
3. I will stand to honor the flag whenever I see one (already do) and pause for a moment to reflect on what it stands for.
4. I will purchase flags to give to others to fly as a statement of support for this country, their patriotic pride, and the belief in our God-given rights for Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Additionally, I will continue my intercession for this nation and her legal citizens. I will continue to cry out to God for politicians to step forward who have as their core foundation, a love for God, a love for America, a respect for the Constitution, and demonstrate courage, honesty, and integrity. I am proud to be called a Christian, an American, and a Veteran. I will endeavor to demonstrate in an unmistakable manner a spirit of patriotism and encourage others to do the same. I find it appalling that anyone would suggest that the American flag and celebrating our Independence as a nation is negative. I pray that you will remember this at every election, no matter what the election! I proudly honor the flag and say “God Bless America” and “God Bless You!”

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