I pledge allegiance to the... what?
May 17, 2007 12:08 PM Subscribe
Memorial Day in the U.S. is coming up, and my house has a flag-holder on the front porch. I'd like to honor our brave servicepeople -- but I don't want to fly the Stars and Stripes.
posted by turducken to society & culture (77 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My aversion to Old Glory is for political reasons that I hope are only temporary (e.g., literal flag-waving is now equated with its figurative meaning). Also, my right-wing neighbors fly the flag at every opportunity, and announce the coming of the seasons (and every major holiday) with ever-more-retarded banners. I'd like to return the favor with something cool.
I've considered the Peace flag (too literal), the Earth flag (too crunchy-granola), a Pirate flag (too goofy), and the so-called "civilian" flag with vertical stripes -- which seemed like a great idea, until I read all the anti-tax, gold-standard militia craziness attached to it. Right now, I'm partial to the Fort Moultrie flag (google it), which is pretty awesome, but I'm holding out for more.
-- I grok those who say I should fly the Stars and Stripes anyway, to reclaim it from the right-wing crazies. But I respectfully disagree.
-- The Peace Flag is an obvious choice, but it's got a lot of historical baggage. I'd like something specific about our time and place: If there were a flag flown during Watergate, it would be perfect.
-- Yes, I could fly Old Glory upside down. But I'm not on a boat, and it's not sinking.