I’m tired of GOP complaints about anyone showing disrespect to the American flag. Full out tired. And I’ll remain that way until they stop advocating immigration policies which are a desecration of that banner and what it stands for.
It is a desecration of the flag to fly it above a facility in which children are mistreated. Period. Please don’t try to tell me “these aren’t our children,” because while they are in our custody they are ours. They are our responsibility. If a youngster is too young to understand when and how to use a toothbrush — then teach him. There is NO excuse for not providing adequate staffing and supplies for children to maintain basic hygiene. There is no excuse for not providing supervision and medical examinations, or waiting until medical issues are serious before providing care. No excuse whatsoever. And, to attach a flag to the wall overlooking this kind of catastrophe is inexcusable in itself. It is a desecration.
It is a desecration to fly a flag over a building in which children are held without adequate food, bedding, recreation, education, and legal representation. It is a desecration to fail to provide an adequate number of translators and other assistants for them in service to a deliberately cruel and racist policy. It is a desecration to put a flag in the immediate vicinity on any activity which is in flagrant violation of international norms, morals, and standards for the treatment of our fellow human beings. Think for a moment of a person in authority referring to a refugee as a “tonk” and dehumanizing an individual in our name under our flag. It’s a desecration.
It is a desecration of the flag for it to stand in a court room wherein a four year old is alone before a judge in a pseudo-“hearing” on his or her status as a refugee to this country. This is not a hearing, not a judicial proceeding, it is a travesty.
It is a desecration of the flag for it to fly over a for-profit facility over which there is inadequate supervision. Yes, say the contractors we will take billions in public funds but we will not allow random inspections; we will not allow oversight by the Congressional members who want to view how tax dollars are being spent. This, too, is a travesty. The flag ought not fly over travesties.
Should a flag hang in a building in which hearings are held without a translator being made available? Without competent legal assistance?” I pledge allegiance to a flag but only if it flies over people who look and sound just like me, and think the way I do? This is a Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, nation of believers and non-believers; black, white, brown, and every shade in between. The flag is broad enough to cover us all. If it flies freely and proudly it will do so over all of us.
So, every time some member of the GOP remarks about some athlete (or anyone else for that matter) desecrating the flag — please note, the Stars and Stripes defeated the Stars and Bars. The flag of unity and fraternity defeated the cause of division, treason, and its racist emblem. The Stars and Stripes should hang proudly wherever there is liberty and justice for all. Anything less is a desecration.