Thursday, February 16, 2006

Flag idolatry again

We live not in a time of a reasoning public, but in the midst of a throng of worshippers.
Much praise though for Ted Downing, a Democrat and a democrat for sure. He said:

"This is not the proper way to bestow patriotism," he said. "If we want [to instill patriotism] we should spend more on teaching American history." end quote.

My sentiments exactly. The symbol of freedom is not freedom itself. In fact, the symbol of freedom can easily become, in this land of irony, the aegis of tyranny. Symbols are simple, they keep people from thinking too much. The worship of the American flag is the death of American democracy, because it dismisses reason. Anything that dismisses reason is a direct threat to the health of the nation.

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