July 4, 2014


The Banner That Binds Us (JAY AKASIE, July 3, 2007, NY Sun)

[A]s we approach Independence Day, it's time to practice some basic flag etiquette. It's all spelled out in the United States Code, the permanent laws of the land. Title 4 of the Code, Chapter 1, outlines the federal rules and regulations governing the display and treatment of our flag. [...]

The final section of Title 4 captures the essence of why the American flag is so important -- and so different -- from any other flag: "The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing."

The exceptional nature of our country and its flag wasn't lost on the founding fathers. Consider what Benjamin Franklin wrote in his post-war pamphlet, Information to Those Who Would Remove to America, an effort to advertise the wide-open American nation to the best that Europe had to offer.

Franklin wrote that in America "people do not enquire, concerning a stranger, What is he? but What can he do? If he has any useful art, he is welcome; and if he exercises it and behaves well, he will be respected by all that know him; but a mere man of quality, who on that account wants to live upon the public by some office or salary, will be despised and disregarded."

Franklin was attempting to explain to a muddled mass of European peasants and nobility alike that hard work, intelligence, and character are what matter in America.

Unless he looks German....

[originally posted: 7/04/07]

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Posted by at July 4, 2014 3:31 AM

Based on what Mr. Franklin wrote maybe the first two questions asked of any potential immigrant should be, "What are your talents and skills?" and, "How will this help the USA?"

Posted by: Bartman at July 4, 2007 8:18 AM

but a mere man of quality, who on that account wants to live upon the public by some office or salary, will be despised and disregarded."

This sentence describes nearly every bureaucrat/municipal official drone that populates the 10s of 1000s of offices across this nation - and we apparently don't despise them enough to hack their numbers AND their pay. Instead, we allow them to bleed us dry as they wallow in pork, pensions, perks, and payroll bloat.

These are actually people of "status" in America now, and it is evidence of a sort of decline.

Sir Henry Maine wrote (1860s) that the march of history was moving from "status" (Lords, bloodline, etc.) to "contract" (Individuals ordering their own affairs).

The fact is that the US has gone very far down the path of re-establishing "status" through Eurostyle bureaucratization.

From the assigned bureacratic "experts" of government health care and/or education all the way down to using filthy "identity politics" to assign everyone a "racial status," the left is firmly ensconced in our culture, and the insipid bureaucracies created post-911 and post-Kartrina are merely examples of how deeply this thinking has metastized into our culture.

We are all German bureaucrats (or under their control) now, OJ.

Happy 4th.

Posted by: Bruno at July 4, 2007 8:25 AM

If we were a machine shop and not a country.

Posted by: oj at July 4, 2007 11:10 AM

So the Supremes ignored the CFR when they ruled on flag burning? How delicious. Have the words been stricken from the code? I doubt it.

Posted by: ratbert at July 4, 2007 6:20 PM
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