It seems like some really disenchanted losers are picking up on hanging the American flag upside down to signal distress. With the reality of Obama’s impending presidency, some losers are deciding that the country is in “dire” straits which, according to their frazzled mentality, requires that Old Glory be flown upside down to signal the fact that the country is going down the tubes.
Geez, like it hasn’t been doing so for the last eight years under King George. I guess I could have turned my flag upside down for eight years, but I didn’t. My recourse is to vote against those with whom I don’t agree, not make a mockery of the reason for the upside down flag.
Here is the section addressing flying of the flag upside down:
§ 176. Respect for flag: No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.
The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
A Decatur business owner is one of two men who made headlines this week for turning the flag upside down to protest Obama’s election (the other is from Huntington). Greg Townsend of Townsend Tires is a so-called Christian who puts religious mailings in his customers’ bills and covers his waiting area and service bay windows with anti-choice, pro-gun bumper stickers. He is “in your face” when it comes to religion.
But not all was peachy keen with Townsend’s protest. The Mayor of Decatur, John Schultz, who had been out of town when the incident occurred, returned to a pile of angry messages. He made a call to Townsend to discuss the matter with Townsend letting Townsend know that he was offended by the protest which he felt portrayed the community in the wrong way. The flag was returned to its rightful position after the discussion with the mayor.
Townsend attempted to assure those who questioned his motives that his protest had nothing to do with Obama’s race. He said it was his opposition to abortion primarily, and he was upset that Obama is pro-choice. Yet he refused to refer to Obama by name and called him “that man” instead.
Townsend has been in business since 1979, so my question is I wonder how many other times he has turned the flag upside down in protest against those who did not hold his beliefs?
Did he do so when Bill Clinton was elected two times or when Evan Bayh was elected two times? Both are pro-choice supporters. If not, it really would appear that Townsend’s protest is hiding what may be his “unacknowledged” racial bias. Certainly not very Christian-like.