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Pride in the United States... Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way!Bob Collinsworth Salem-News.com
We are proud of our heritage, proud of our constitution, proud of the brave men and women who serve in uniform, proud of each other, and proud of our flag.
(HARRISVILLE, N.H.) - President Obama has ordered the American rescue forces in Haiti to take down their American Flags so no one would be offended. This is not a joke, it is for real according to an article published in USA Today on March 15, 2010 and written by Alan Gomez and Oren Dorell.
According to the article, President Obama stated that our rescue forces flying the flag of our country could give Haiti the wrong idea.
We are the single largest contributor (in money, manpower, and other resources) of a multi-nation rescue coalition. France is flying its Tri-Color, Great Britain flies its Union Jack, Cuba flies its flag as does every other member of the coalition... every other member, that is, except the United States of America because of President Obama’s order.
This order, which came from the individual who is supposed to be our commander-in-chief, prompts me to ask a few questions of him. Questions such as:
Mr. President, this was not the first time you have exhibited an apparent shame of the country you asked to lead. This is not the first time you have deliberately degraded our country in the eyes of the world. I am thankful that our veterans did not share your view of our country and its flag and I am also thankful that our brave service men and women have not followed the example you currently attempt to lead by.
I have a request Mr. President... please lead, follow, or get out of the way because there are far too many American citizens who are very willing to let the world know that our country is not populated by people who are ashamed of it or it's flag. We are proud of our heritage, proud of our constitution, proud of the brave men and women who serve in uniform, proud of each other, and proud of our flag.
Here is another suggestion Mr. President: Please hold one day free to visit Arlington National Cemetery. Stroll among the stones that mark the graves of those who had great pride in the United States of America. You missed your chance to do so on Memorial Day because postponing your vacation was an unbearable thought for you.
While you are at Arlington, visit the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and try to understand that to us American citizens, you will be standing on hallowed ground.
You really should consider acting as if you are proud of the country you asked to lead Mr. President... honor its citizens, honor it’s veterans, and most certainly, honor those who died for the flag you ordered taken down... but, that is just my opinion!
Writer Robert Collinsworth is an American who isn't hesitant to talk about the good side of his country, and that is a welcome thing in this day and age. Salem-News.com admittedly, is very critical of both American politics, as well as those of other nations that we perceive is being wrong in their motives and actions. At the same time, within these structures we criticize, are many outstanding people who make each day a better place for all those around them. They embody and personify the American spirit that is sometimes fleeting, but always present. These are some of the things Robert takes into account when writing commentary that is designed reach people, to "get them thinking" in his words, and indeed it does. Salem-News.com's goal is for all people to be on the same page, we appreciate Bob's more conservative approach toward that same goal."
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