Enough is enough, already!

originally posted 10/15/2009 7:37 am

Oregon Apartment Complex Bans Flying the American Flag

(headline for this article: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,566341,00.html?test=latestnews)

Are you freaking kidding me???  The apartment complex is afraid someone will get offended by seeing an American flag flying from an apartment or car or a sticker on a car?  They can get over it!  They are in an apartment complex in one of the states in The United States of America.  If they don’t like it, they can take their happy asses back from whence they came…and if they are American and don’t like it, they can try to find a better country to which to emigrate.  Good freaking luck on that one, pal!  Maybe you don’t agree with our foreign policy or are concerned about all the business the government is trying to poke their heads and dig their money-grubbing fingers into, but this still beats just about anywhere you can find to live.

It’s way past time for us to stop concerning ourselves with someone being offended by seeing the U.S. Flag flying high in all her glory.  (It’s also way past time for us to stop catering to all the special interest groups, but that would be a whole other post.) Why is it that we’re the only country that doesn’t have the balls to say, “It’s too bad that you don’t like it.  It’s our flag and we’ll fly it where we want.  If you don’t like it, shut up and get out!”

It’s time for us to get back to standing tall because we’re Americans, especially on our own soil.  We have so much freedom, that for the sake of free speech/freedom of expression, we allow people to burn our flag in our own streets… unceremoniously and maliciously.  Try that anywhere else.

The article also mentions that they won’t allow flying sports team flag on cars either.  Are they afraid someone’s going to get offended because someone watches a different sport, or roots for a team that’s doing better than theirs?  Really?  If we let this go, what’s next?  Better not let them wear outerwear that has flags or sports teams logos, either.  They might be spotted heading in and out of their apartment.  What if I’m sad that they can afford $100 shoes while I have to hit Payless or a thrift store.  How about we just all go nude?  No, that wouldn’t work either.  Someone’s bound to have a better looking body than me, right?  That could hurt my feelings, too.  We could all wear the same color muumuu and bags over our heads so that we all look the same and figure wouldn’t matter because it would be hidden under the muumuu, but that wouldn’t quite do it either…  I’m not as tall as Shaq, or maybe someone his height would be ashamed because he’s unusually tall.  I guess we’ll just have to sneak into our apartment and never come out so we don’t risk offending or being offended by anyone.

Is that a bit extreme?  Yeah, but we seem to like extremes lately, and go out of our way to cater to them and/or avoid them.

***Note:  If you were offended by this post, too bad! Deal with it!

Edit:  Seems like some folks read my post… just kidding.  By the time I had finished this and published it, there was a follow-up article (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,566740,00.html?test=latestnews) which says the ban was rescinded.  Amazing how a little scrutiny and national attention can do wonders to squash stupid policies…sometimes.

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