I have not blogged in awhile because all of a sudden life speeds up and you find yourself in the middle of the month and wonder where all the time went! I recently started my own editing business and you realize that dealing with clients can sometimes be like handling politicians. They have high demands but low standards or this uncanny desire to not spend a lot of money. You negotiate with clients like politicians negotiate. However, there is one thing we should not negotiate on, and that is being a patriot and showing patriotism.
Sadly, I was out at a parade for Fourth of July and at a baseball game for a local L.A. team and I did not see many acts of patriotism at these events. A patriotic heart helps things get done in America. You think the farmer who stood up to having his cattle removed was not a patriot? You think those who stood at the border into CA and refused to allow buses of illegal immigrants to cross did not have a patriotic heart? Do you think your helping your community politically is not an act of patriotism? And how bout the plain old “placing your hand over your heart” during the Pledge, our National Anthem, and every time our flag passes.
When I was at the parade, no one but me and my dad along the route where we were standing stood and put their hand over their heart when the flag passed by. Now I will give them the benefit of the doubt that maybe they did not know what my dad taught me because he was in the military. They were all patriotic when the veteran float passed by, hooting and clapping and standing for them. That was admirable.
At the baseball game, when the person was singing the National Anthem, some people took their hats off, everyone stood, but only about half were actually paying attention and not talking or fiddling with their phones. A scarce number had their hands over their hearts. Do you not think we should show respect for our country rather than complaining about it? The least we could do is show them respect by respecting the flag and the anthem. According to the Flag Code, the Pledge “should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform, men take their hats off and can salute the flag.” See Flag Code Here
So let us think about giving an extra minute toward showing patriotic respect. We will be glad we did.
Photo Courtesy of Lily in Canada