Flag Desecration #411.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jun 1, 2010
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Patriotism can’t be worn on your sleeve.

Or, towel. Or, bikini.

If you were ever in the military, or a boy or girl scout, you’ll know that respecting the flag is simple, and important. You don’t let it touch the ground. You hang is the right way if it’s on the wall. You don’t leave it flapping in the wind at night.

And, you never, never wear it.

You don’t leave it lying around, either, Gov. Palin.

Patriotism isn’t macho sport. It’s something much deeper, and more gentle. Rooting for your country is about respecting and protecting our freedoms—not getting painted up as if you were going to a football game.

In fact, those who wear it are often less than trustworthy: they’re using the flag, and patriotism (see the oil processing plant, or Don Blankenship).

From a great random blog I came across:



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


14 Responses to “Flag Desecration #411.”

  1. Rick Gilbert says:

    isn't there some rule that allows the flag to be flown at night, as long as a light shines on it or something?

  2. Alex says:

    How about a link to the blog you got the pics from?

  3. Greg says:

    Those aren't real flags, those are flags with 57 stars on them that stand for all the states Barack visited during his campaign.

  4. Yup! That was of course a newer rule…mainly put in place so that lazy companies could leave flags up all the time.

  5. Whoops! The photos are linked, but not clickable in the slideshow. I'll correct, with thanks.

  6. Ahahahahah. You.

  7. Adam Shake
    You're right, Way, it can not be worn on your sleeve. The Blank, a man I love to hate.

  8. swati jr* says:

    damn. i was really hoping my flag bikini meant something special.

  9. Andrew_A says:

    And add to light pollution.

  10. BrotherRog says:

    On a related note, here's Robin Williams AS the American Flag: http://www.coolestone.com/media/292/Robin_William

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  12. Aaron Kocourek says:

    I would disagree, how can you say that just cause someone has a flag hanging in their office, room or is wearing a american flag on their shirt or hat that they are unpatriotic? Why do libs try and demonize everyone who disagrees with them. We all need to chill smoke a montecristo cigar and relax for a while cause this is getting insane.

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