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Letter: More flag-waving vitriol

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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:47 am

There was one great “viral” video on the news and the blogsphere this past week.

A Marine Vet and an Army Vet in Albuquerque, New Mexico were watching yet another anti-establishment protest march (pro-illegal immigration, pro-legal marijuana smoking, etc). This one was about the number of Albuquerque Police Department shootings (Albuquerque has one of the highest number of gangs and has one of the highest crime rates in the nation). While Santa Fe is conservative, stable and safe, Albuquerque lends itself to a liberal, hippie, civil-disobedience lifestyle.

These two young Military men did not take kindly to seeing the American flag that they wore proudly on their uniform (active duty military service men and women are doing the same today), being flown upside-down (this was as a sign of distress in the Military) as a form of disrespect. Which begs the question: why didn’t these protesters fly the City of Albuquerque flag upside down, since this had relevancy to this protest? The federal government is not to blame. But as we all know, common sense and liberal protesters don’t go hand-in-glove.

What I loved about the video was seeing a bystander yelling at these two vets about First Amendment “rights,” and freedom of speech and all.

These two American warriors had a two word response for this: lol.

I am sure that it is the same one that the vast, vast majority of Americans today, civilian and military, would have given. One million American men and women have died for America and our flag was their beloved symbol.

The chopper riders carrying the flag upside-down in protest should thank their luck stars that old General George Patton has gone to the pearly gates...he would have added two more “statistics” to the very situation that the protest was about in the first place and would have been proud to do it.

Leon Ceniceros


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