The American Flag: ‘A Threat’?

By Chuck Norris

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The American Flag: ‘A Threat'?
Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris

Dallas, TX – -( It's the very symbol of patriotism — Old Glory, as William Driver, a 19th-century American sea captain, nicknamed it.

But even as we close in on Independence Day, more and more people across the country are calling the American flag a threat and inappropriate home garnishing.

A week ago, the landlord of a Texas man called the American flag “a threat to the Muslim community” and ordered him to remove it from his home, according to KHOU-TV.

Duy Tran said the Stars and Stripes means a lot to him. Posting the flag was the least he could do, he said, especially in the light of his friends who died for this country.

Tran added: “What really stunned me is that she said it's a threat towards the Muslim community. I mean, I'm not a threat to (anybody).”

When KHOU-TV tried to confront the manager about the statement, she answered no questions, and the crew was escorted from the premises by a security officer with a note that read:

“While the Lodge on El Dorado admires our resident's patriotism, we must enforce our property rules and guidelines. Such guidelines maintain the aesthetics of our apartment community and provide for the safety of all residents. The apartment community already proudly displays our country's flag in a safe and appropriate manner at the entrances to our community.”

So even though Tran had hung his flag with proper etiquette from his balcony, it wasn't “safe and appropriate”? Are we now going to tell Americans that only one flag is allowed per 1,000 residents?

Tran rightly rejected that assault on his liberty, freedom and patriotism by saying, “I'm gonna leave my flag there, as an American, until she shows me proof that I don't have the right to leave my flag there.”

That situation reminded me of another one that happened just last summer.

KOVR-TV reported that former Army Spc. Jen Elliot, who was a heavy-wheeled vehicle operator and a .50-caliber gunner in Afghanistan before being blown into a wall there and receiving a traumatic brain injury, came home to her California apartment only to find an official violation on her door from property management stating that she could no longer fly her American flag from her balcony.

Elliot explained to KOVR-TV that she flew the Stars and Stripes because it reminded her of her Army unit overseas, which had incidentally lost six soldiers in the previous three months.

She explained that she was particularly “upset and very offended” by the notice of violation because it demanded that she take down the flag for which she and her fellow comrades fought and still fight.

Elliot said she would move out before she would take down her American flag. She added: “It's very important for me to have that up there. … I'm not taking that flag down.”

Am I missing something? Do you remember the days when Americans not only used to be proud to fly Old Glory but frowned upon neighbors who did not?

These travesties regarding flag flying wouldn't be so tragic if they weren't becoming so prevalent and symptomatic of an America moving away from its original mission and Founding Fathers' intent.

So for this July Fourth, I say we not only fly Old Glory proud and high but also remind our families, friends co-workers and neighbors exactly why we do.

I agree wholeheartedly with Elliot, who concluded: “We live in America. Why shouldn't we fly our flag proudly?”

And what about those who oppose Old Glory's posting?

Take your orders from Gen. Douglas MacArthur: “I see that the old flagpole still stands. Have our troops hoist the colors to its peak, and let no enemy ever haul them down.”

Then don't hesitate for a moment to place your hand over your heart and say loudly and proudly for all to hear:

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

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  • 10 thoughts on “The American Flag: ‘A Threat’?

    1. What the hell has happened to my country. My flag offends Muslims? here’s a simple answer…don’t look at it. I’m willing to bet if war broke out these stains on our society wouldn’t even defend our country. Other Muslim trash shout “death to America” and spout how much they hate us but once they get in trouble…they beg for a lawyer and have no trouble using our constitution and bill of rights to hide behind. Makes me sick. before you call me a “hater” for saying these things about Muslims consider this 95% of all the violence and wars are being fought because of….OK I’ll wait…..Muslims. Sure, there are good Muslims but why are they so quiet. if they want respect and to be treated fairly then why don’t they stand up and denounce the radicals? Oh sure they may make a comment that winds up on page 18 of your local paper but consider this. They have no trouble getting front page news if you damage their precious Koran or try to draw Mohammad. THEN they get all the attention and front page notoriety. Well folks why don’t you use that same soap box to denounce and condemn the radicals in your mosque? Well here’s the answer (as shocking as it seems) Most of the so called peaceful Muslims SUPPORT what the radical side preaches. They feel as long as they don’t get actively involved they are being peaceful. Really? Wake up people.. So our flag might hurt their feelings? TOO DAMN BAD. Move back to the mid-east. You’re in AMERICA. Become Americans or be gone.

      1. I really like what ya-all saying about our flag and those who oppose it. i fully understand why they want to come here and what they want to get away from, however, don’t come here and then say you are scared of or don’t like US for flying our flag, if that’s the case go back to your country and work to make a difference or if you REALLY want to stay here, help stop the BS and help US to keep and make this country a better place for all. I get very angry at the ones who scream your Prodigious, but they are the one who are Prodigious not US…
        We go and fight and die for OUR Freedom but we also help others, if my Flag, and went someone from here or from there takes it down or tries to take it down to place THEIR Flag here, then we’ll fight and die some more because we will protect our Flag and this country from ALL who would try to bring it down. I don’t care if I hurt their feeling, I get tired of them and even some in power trying to walk on us and even doing so in some cases, some tell us we can’t go fishing or hunting or they want our rights taken away, it time they too came down and it matters not who they are. Thanks for Defending our Freedom and our rights and our country…

    2. I actually like that picture of the flag, very moving. maybe not on a flagpole but doesn’t look like there is anyplace for one at that location and somebody has taken the time to show their patriotism. I am not American, missed out by one generation, wish I was.

    3. With this DICTATORSHIP that we have we should be lucky that we are not being forced to fly his flag. I will FLY MY FLAG and if someone gets offended over it then too bad. Some of these idiots that do not want to allow the US flag to be flown would more than likely be more than happy to allow that terrorist flag to be flown (that black and white thing). If people don’t want our countries flag to be seen then they do NOT have to look at it, those from mexicow will more than likely want to set fire to the AMERICAN flag. Well they would do well to stay out of a PATRIOTS sight while doing so( by the way lets turn a few mexicow flags into dust as well) after all they are invading this country. As far as the UN flag goes they can shove it where the sun don’t shine. I WILL FLY MY FLAG HIGH THIS YEAR.

    4. Whoever those people are, they probably think patriotism and nationalism is ‘Verboten’. They’re probably looking forward to the day when all nations and all people salute the United Nations flag. That’s Utopia. LOL

    5. My American flag will stay ! Those who she offends will leave ! The way that flag in the picture is displayed kinda pisses me off ! Not the best of examples !

    6. I waited years until I could build a home in a neighborhood where I could erect a flagpole and fly Old Glory. The flag is replaced at regular intervals to make certain it is flown only in the finest of condition. The flag does not come down except in the most inclement of weather. I pray she will fly after I have left this planet.

    7. Nice article, and I really hate to say this, recently everytime I look at the American flag it makes me sick. It reminds me of how corrupt the government, etc. is and what they actually think of the Middle Class and the American Dream. It’s destroyed. The NWO Agenda already has taken effect and it’s only a matter of time before the public will know. After all this damage is finally done, WWIII and collapse of the dollar, we should design a new flag. Old Glory will never be the same again. We are no longer the land of the free and the brave.

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