BRAD NEWPORT: People should come together under U.S. flag, Constitution

TO THE EDITOR:

The “Thin Blue Line Flag” has two versions; one is a commercial black flag with a horizontal blue line, the other is an altered U.S. flag with a horizontal blue line.

These flags are not approved by “we the people” and draw a line in the sand between private citizens verses public servants, who should not be inventing and serving their own alien flags.

These flags feed upon the pride, egotism and emotion of a particular group to further divide this nation — just like Black Lives Matter vlags, La Raza flags, Rainbow flags, etc.

Never should a U.S. citizen be forced to walk underneath or encounter such alien flags when accessing our public buildings and public employees.

Government employees, while in uniform or within a public building, should not be altering and desecrating our U.S. flag by drawing blue lines through it or changing the colors of it, per 4 U.S.C. 8 – Respect for Flag. While the United States Flag Code cannot apply penalties toward private citizen violations, due to 1st Amendment protections, public employees at work or in uniform are instructed by law to follow the Flag Code out of respect for the U.S. flag and the U.S. Constitution it represents.

The “Thin Blue Line” mentality (now displayed through alien flags), is the very problem many citizens encounter when dealing with criminal, abusive and tyrannical public servants who are not held accountable by law enforcement or district attorneys in some cases. Astonishingly, it’s easier for a restaurant servant with a bad attitude toward the public to be fired, than for a government servant with a bad attitude toward the public to be fired.

While I respect public servants who graciously and happily serve the public, and would lay down my own life to protect them and others from violent criminals, I do see a growing “police-state” utilizing pride, tyranny and exceptionalism that elevates federal, state and local government servants above “we the people” who employ them to be our good-natured servants. In this day and age, if a government employee believes their “safety, ego, fear or cowardice” is more important than their U.S. Constitutional “limits,” they need a different occupation.

The most dangerous occupations within this nation are not performed by those with shiny badges or government titles but by hard-working loggers, farmers, fishermen, construction workers, trash collectors, truck drivers, etc. The violent death of an innocent public servant, while unfortunate, is of no more concern or importance than the violent death of an innocent store clerk, taxi driver or elderly home-bound person.

One cannot serve two masters; we do not need public servants inventing their own flags to serve themselves. One should not allow the “Pied-Piper” mass media (FOX, CNN, ABC, NBC etc.) to corral and lead one astray through the promotion of alien flags for every ego, emotion or employ but we should come together under our common U.S. flag and Constitution.

Brad Newport

Manistee

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