Being Liberal and a Progressive in a RED STATE is not an easy thing these days. I started this blog to vent my frustrations on our lives being taken over by right wing conservatives with their propaganda machines. I have also learned an important lesson in the last year, it is that reading is the only way to get real information, you cannot depend on the news you see on TV.


Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Kids Say the Darnest Things

by Charlotte Aldebron

The American flag stands for the fact that cloth can be very important. It is against the law to let the flag touch the ground or to leave the flag flying when the weather is bad. The flag has to be treated with respect. You can tell just how important this cloth is because when you compare it to people, it gets much better treatment. Nobody cares if a homeless person touches the ground. A homeless person can lie all over the ground all night long without anyone picking him up, folding him neatly and sheltering him from the rain.

School children have to pledge loyalty to this piece of cloth every morning. No one has to pledge loyalty to justice and equality and human decency. No one has to promise that people will get a fair wage, or enough food to eat, or affordable medicine, or clean water, or air free of harmful chemicals. But we all have to promise to love a rectangle of red, white, and blue cloth.

Betsy Ross would be quite surprised to see how successful her creation has become. But Thomas Jefferson would be disappointed to see how little of the flag's real meaning remains.

Charlotte Aldebron, 12, wrote this essay for a competition in her 6th grade English class. She attends Cunningham Middle School in Presque Isle, Maine. Comments may be sent to her mom, Jillian Aldebron:


Blogger James said...

That piece of cloth represents your freedom. People have fought and died for it and you. And I'm proud to be an American, the greatest nation on earth. Please tell your daughter that's why that piece of cloth is so precious. You're right nothing is fair. And there no legal document that I know of that says things should be fair for everyone. All men/women are created equal, then after that you need to take some responsibility for your own life.
Take care, James

7/12/2006 10:05 AM

Blogger Granny Geek said...

People have not fought and died for the flag. Our armed forces swear to protect and defend----and to fight and die for---the CONSTITUTION!

7/12/2006 10:40 AM

Blogger Dar said...

Yay, Charlotte! You go girl!

7/13/2006 7:04 AM

Blogger Joanne said...

I think it's great that (maybe) a younger generation will be brought up to be more compassionate for humanity rather than blind loyalty.

I would be very proud if my daughter wrote this.

7/13/2006 9:29 AM


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