On Burning the Flag

Freedom and Burning the Flag


News Worth Mentioning

Latest News

News from Europe

Science Tech Med News

Climate Change
A Political Tool


Second Amendment News

Socialism News

Mauldin City News

Posts on Twitter

Political Cartoons

Be sure to check out
our list of other
News Sources
Worth Mentioning


Go to top

Political Commentary
Home Page


"Work that Lies Ahead"

Classroom Socialism
Class Fails


The $88 Trillion
World Economy


Remembering 9/11

President Trump's
First Three Years


All Skills Are Learned
and the Method Is Key


The Foundations
of Freedom


Everyone is Smart but Trump

Climate Change
A Political Tool


Politics Trumps Economics Redux

Who Are the Good Guys?

Slavery Today!

Justice Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution

Politics Trumps Economics

The World's Second Constitution

Why America is Great

President Trump
in pictures


US stocks a better buy

Economic Arteries

The Left against
the First Amendment


Is a Stock-Market
Bubble Coming?


Individual Rights
States' Powers


Thanksgiving Toast
to the Old Breed


Honoring
George Washington


Business As Usual
at the White House


Patriotism

Who Gets To Decide?

America Rebounds!

The Trump Economic
Paradigm Change


What's wrong
with the EU


The Trump Presidency

The Election -
What Happened?
First Monday speech
5 December 2016


Mike Rowe on
Burning the Flag


Socialism means
giving your freedom
to the government


Second Amendment

Responsibility

This is Hillary

Where We Live

Honorable Politicians

Education

Citizen Politicians

So You Want Socialism?

Authorized Not Imposed

Against Rights and Freedom

Sustainability
vs. America


Speech to County GOP

The Economy

Being America

The Individual
vs. Statism


To-Do List

Unite or Die

Lost Trust

Quotable Quotes

Go to top




4 December 2016


Fan Calls Out 'Blindly Patriotic' Mike Rowe for Defending US Flag.
He GOES OFF Like a Freedom Bomb


by Parker Lee

Mike Rowe might be most recognizable from his hosting duties on Discovery's "Dirty Jobs," but more recently, he's earned quite a reputation for the plainspoken musings he calls "Hot Under the Blue Collar."

Just Wednesday, Rowe caught the attention of tens of thousands of Americans when he gently ridiculed Massachusetts's Hampshire College for its decision to remove the U.S. flag from campus because it instilled students with "fear."

A better option, Rowe suggested, might be "simply educating them about the undeniable fact that no country on the planet affords its citizens more liberty than this one":

It comes as no surprise that with all the attention over his comments came more than a few critics ó and, as Rowe's proven time and again, he's more than happy to respond:

On Friday, Rowe provided some specific criticism that commenter Susanne McDaniel shuttled his way:

"How did you become so blindly patriotic? First of all, the college you were referencing in your rant about the American flag is a private college and doesn't receive federal funding. However...the very essence of freedom in this country is our right to speak out against the flag, which is a mere symbol.

If you take away that right, then we have lost all freedom. You really need to take a civics course, Mike Rowe. I used to like you; but, you have really become very annoying to me in recent years. I thought you were more intelligent. But, I guess appearances aren't everything."

Afterwards, he put on his surgeon's gloves and got right to work dissecting that argument piece-by-piece. Rowe writes, in part:

"Iíve never thought of myself as 'blindly patriotic,' but I am a fan of the United States, the founding fathers, and the men and women who have served on my behalf. I also confess to feeling lucky to live here.

Having said that, I think youíre correct about the flag; itís only a symbol. So too is the Crucifix. And the middle finger. And the Swastika. And the compressed chunks of carbon that millions wear on their ring fingers as expressions of timeless love and eternal devotion...

But if you really believe our flag is nothing but a 'mere symbol,' equally suitable for flying or burning, ask yourself if youíd be comfortable if the people you work with suddenly started coming to the office in pointy white hats fashioned from bedsheets? Would that be a problem for you? Or how about The Rainbow Flag, favored by the LGBTQ community? Would it be OK if people started burning that? If not, why not? I mean, itís only a symbol, right?"

He goes on to point out exactly why Americans shouldn't be so quick to cast aside such "mere symbols":

"The thing about 'mere symbols' Susanne, is that they represent 'mere ideas,' and 'mere ideas' are the backbone of 'mere humanity.' In the case of the flag, weíre talking about ideas that are wrapped into the Constitution ó a document that separates us from every other country on the planet.

Mere ideas are the reason people fight and die. Mere ideas are the reason weíre allowed to speak freely, protest publicly, bear arms, and burn the very symbol that represents those very freedoms. I didnít suggest that you or anyone else be denied your right to fly or burn whatever flag you wish. What I failed to do, is quietly accept behavior I donít care for. Which, if Iím not mistaken, is the same compulsion that motivates others to publicly express themselves in whatever ways they choose."

It should be noted that Hampshire College ó the institution that started the commotion in the first place ó has since reversed course, and once again began flying the American flag on campus.

As Rowe himself has been quick to point out, he does not consider himself a political expert, nor does he see himself as some elite mind of the 21st century ó and in fact, he has dedicated much of his professional life to honoring the value of hard-working, blue collar Americans.

In the end, though, it might be those very aspects that make his opinions so relatable, and popular, with his fans.


- - - - - -


To which I might add:

Go to any other country - your choice - and try burning their flag. You will be in jail.

Or just go and live in any other country - again, your choice - and see how life is there. Discover for yourself what the American flag symbolizes. Live without the freedom that you so clearly take for granted - that you fail to grasp is so distinctive from what you will find anywhere else.

And never forget that there are plenty of people who would take that freedom away from you - turn you into slaves - if they could.

Go to top