For Sale: 3' X 5' American Flag. Almost New, But Not in Great Condition Right Now

For Sale:  3' X 5' American Flag.  Almost New, But Not in Great Condition Right Now

The first time this flag was flown was on July 4, 2016. The last time it was flown was on November 11, 2016. I don’t think I can get it up the pole right now.

The flag itself is priceless, but I need to find it a good home for a while.

I used to fly my flag all the time, but a power line cut during a sidewalk repair back in 1997 put an end to that.  You’re not supposed to fly the flag at night without proper illumination.

Maybe I’ll find some inspiration in about 4 years to fix that power line.

Now I fly my flag at the usual times, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Presidents Day, etc.  I flew my flag on Saturday, January 20, 2001, for President G.W. Bush’s inauguration, although I wasn’t really a fan.  I thought he was given the presidency by a reactionary Supreme Court, but I didn’t want to be a bad sport.

And thus a tradition was born, or so I thought.

I flew that flag in 2005 after Bush won re-election over John Kerry.  I never thought G.W. was up to the job of president and he spent eight years confirming those suspicions, but I never disliked him personally.

Like President Obama, President Bush was a great family man and a role model for American husbands, fathers and sons.

I flew my flag proudly and with glee for both of President Obama’s inaugurations (2009 and 2013) and I would probably be flying it tomorrow if Jeb Bush, John Kasich or even Rick Perry were being sworn into office. I just can’t bring myself to fly that flag on this Inauguration Day.

It’s not just the man being sworn in tomorrow, it’s that he seems to represent the very worst in America.  Donald Trump has drawn into the light the darkest voices in America, from organized hatred of every variety to misogyny and xenophobia.  He has brought greed, religious fanaticism, treachery and a Neanderthal mentality to the forefront of his administration.

What takes the ripple out of my flag is that millions of Americans seem to be OK with all of that.

In my November 9, 2016 post entitled, “Congratulations President-elect Trump, I Wish You a Successful Presidency” I expressed my wishes for President-elect Trump’s success over the next 4 years (we can at least hope that it’s 4 and not 8). I meant it then and I still do.

Any patriotic American should want the president to succeed, right?  If the president succeeds, the country succeeds.

I’m not so sure though, that this president’s success is going to be tied to America’s.  With each passing day, it’s seeming more and more like America’s success will be taking a back seat to the Trumps’ success.  And Exxon’s success.  And maybe even Vladimir Putin’s success.

Donald Trump started his campaign for the presidency by saying that Mexicans are rapists and ended it by describing how he could sexually assault women with impunity because of his celebrity. This last comment could only have been more ironic had he said it Spanish.

It’s probably not the worst thing Trump’s said, it’s just the worst thing he said to Billy Bush that day while wearing a hot mike.

Trump has also said some really creepy things about his daughter, but who am I to judge?  If you click HERE, you can view some of what Trump said about his daughter for yourself.

You may be one of those people who think replaying or reprinting Trump’s own words is unfair or fake news, but the truth is actually quite the opposite.  The truth, something our new president can’t seem to handle.

The sad thing here is that calling the incoming president a jackass may actually be with all due respect.

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My feelings about the Stars and Stripes are no secret and I don’t feel the need to defend myself to the pseudo-super-patriot crowd.  You can read a recent post of mine discussing the national anthem by clicking HERE, if you’re so inclined.

As we keep hearing, these are unprecedented times, so please don’t call me unpatriotic for flying “L’Unifolié” (French nickname for Canadian flag) in front of my house.

Between the things that come out of Trump’s mouth, the things he tweets and some cabinet picks that are uniquely unqualified for their respective, prospective posts, it may be best if we all pretend that we’ve moved and illegal aliens are living in our houses.

As it turns out, deportation may not be the worst thing that can happen to a person.

Quick joke:  Trevor Noah noted that Donald Trump saying that Representative John Lewis is all talk and no action is like anyone saying that Donald Trump is all tax returns and no tweets.

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