- Throughout its history, America has been an especially patriotic country. I believe the reason for our patriotism has to do with a particular assumption. Perhaps our patriot zeal stems from a belief in the idea of American exceptionalism—the idea that America was a new concept of uniting and governing in history, and different from all other countries.
- America was born—and born through the awareness of a wonderful idea: that all men are created equal, that they have been given certain rights by God, that no man can take these rights from them, and that these rights combine to create a notion called freedom. As a result of this idea, we are free to pursue happiness, free to worship God, free to express our views in public, and free to elect our leaders.
- A few words about our flag. Did you know that after the Civil War, Union veterans were one of the very first groups who advocated for the display of the flag and for its veneration. The National Flag Conference of 1923 – yes, there was a national flag conference, that established the Flag Code subsequently adopted by Congress. Per the code, “the flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.” It states that “no disrespect should be shown to the flag,” and when it is taken down, it should be placed into “waiting hands and arms.”
- Perhaps this is why the NFL kneelers and other protesters are cutting against the American grain? The American flag is an embodiment of our founding ideals. Our military fights under it. The flag drapes the caskets of the fallen and is folded in a solemn ceremony at military funerals, with practically every movement fraught with religious and patriotic meaning. For many Americans, the flag is not something to be trifled with unless you intend to insult the country for which it stands.
St. John the Baptist Council No. 10232 designed the vehicle magnet shown above to publically declare that we understand why freedom is so precious – and so rare, and that we embrace the principles of liberty, equality and justice on which our nation is founded.