On Memorial Day, I drove around my reportedly conservative East Cobb neighborhood of several hundreds of homes. I counted seven U.S. flags on display in honor of those men and women who lost their lives defending our freedoms.
On Flag Day, I drove the same route with my daughter and counted five flags.
I suppose that by the time the Fourth of July rolls around, the only red-white-and blue I’ll see is on holiday cocktail napkins discarded by backyard barbecue people who are only celebrating a long weekend and retail sales.
Many of us decry the direction in which our country is headed. Yet, it seems, relatively few are willing to do anything about it. The turnout during the recent primary elections would be laughable if it weren’t so embarrassing. Failure to evidence our patriotism by ignoring days which are meant to commemorate our pride in our history is evidence that we just don’t care.
We keep re-electing politicians who have the collective rating of yard snails, and we show little interest in the fact that we are no longer thought of as a world power, but rather a nation that begs to negotiate.
It’s been long enough since President Reagan gave us a feeling of national pride. We need to go back to that to save what’s left of the Republic. To borrow from the poet: Democracy ends not with a bang, but with a whimper.
Flag kits are inexpensive at places like Amazon and Wal-Mart, and they’re even made in the USA. Voting is not only civic duty, but it’s free.
Show some pride this July 4th. Remember: Patriotism begins at home. So does apathy.