Originally Posted by farmerEd
Unfortunately, I view most people that display the flag with as much skepticism with those that feel a need to preach their religion.
If waving/displaying a flag makes you a patriot, and going to church(or quoting the bible) makes you a good Christian, then standing in a driveway makes you a car.
I wonder how many of those "patriots" even bother to vote in elections.
i proudly wear my "i voted" sticker, which usually has some flaginess to it...but no flag waving going on here.
Too often i have been confronted with zealots who wave the flag in my face because they think it is "their" country and not others...(usually people who don't look like them, an anti-immigrant rally, etc.) so unfortunately, i have some negative associations with the flag.
my country of origin is also fiercely nationalistic because it has been attacked many times in history so i get it - the desire to show pride and stand for your country.
but also have seen where it goes overboard ie germany or japan to name a few.
anyhow, funny thing is things always seem to come full circle when you have kids and as my daughter learns the pledge of allegiance, or asks about why people fly the flag (or when can we get one), my answers are often more simple, "because people are proud of their country"...as long as nobody is waving in her face to tell her to "get out of here" i'm good w/ that explanation...