Proper flag etiquette is often misstated… lost in urban legends, misinformation, and simple ignorance. Here are some of the highlights set down by the official government handbook on flag etiquette.
- The flag is never to be lowered in deference to another person or country- only if on a ship saluting a ship from another country.
- The flag should never be used as clothing, bedding, curtains, or decoration- bunting is used for these purposes
- The flag must never be displayed in a manner that could lead to it being damaged- like flying it in a thunderstorm
- Flags can be cleaned and repaired when necessary
- No additional marks, symbols, lettering, or images can be displayed on a flag- only military designations
- Only when a flag has become damaged beyond repair should it be burned- ceremonies are held every year on June 14
- Flags touching the ground DO NOT have to be destroyed- this is a sign of disrespect, not a reason to destroy a flag
- Flags must always be allowed to fall freely- only the flag used during the alleged moon landing is exempted
- The flag should be properly folded before it is stored
- Proper flags should not be used for advertising or displayed on commercial products
- Flags are only displayed upside-down in extreme distress – not like bad Tommy Lee Jones movies
So-called “legal scholars” are telling Donald Trump he can pardon himself… at best a provocative move, at worst an impeachable offense.
The President began wielding his pardon power like a child with power tools… it is clear that neither Trump or his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani consulted the Federalist papers for counsel on this delicate Constitutional issue.
I offer more than catchy tunes
Hamilton stated in Federalist 74:
“Humanity and good policy conspire to dictate, that the benign prerogative of pardoning should be as little as possible fettered or embarrassed….The reflection that the fate of a fellow-creature depended on his sole fiat, would naturally inspire scrupulousness and caution.”
I can’t define sedition, but I know it when I hear it…
A President pardoning himself in the face of Federal charges… is not benign, and history shows it to be anything but scrupulous and cautious.
RFK conspiracy lingers on… two of his children call for new investigation
Remains of Pompeii man discovered… man was crushed by flying volcanic rock
Trump pardons boxer Jack Johnson… first black heavyweight champion was convicted of violating Mann Act
Washington and Lee college will keep name… special panel recommends other changes to observe diversity
Memorial Day brings mixed results to the President… his twitter habit belies the holiday
Memorial Day by the numbers:
- The roots of Memorial Day can be traced to Athens and the Funeral Oration of Pericles– honor those who have fallen, follow their example of citizenship
- The commemoration was originally made by the Grand Army of the Republic as Decoration Day- flags were to be placed on all the graves of fallen Union soldiers
- The first Decoration Day was celebrated by 27 states in 1868
- By 1890, every state in the Union observed the holiday in some way… it was not a Federal holiday until 1971
- The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day, 1922.
Trump’s public admonishment of pilots held as prisoners of war… in North Vietnam is described by his campaign as “misunderstood” or “taken out of context.” The blowhard with no military experience said this- “He’s a war hero because he was captured, I like people who weren’t captured.” Far from an endorsement, this was a sneer at a political opponent with far more credibility on defense and foreign policy issues.
John McCain and his comrades were heroes for their sacrifice… enduring torture at the hands of their captors- never betraying their duty to country under the most arduous circumstances. Trump has no concept of this kind of heroism, the selfless kind. In Trump’s world, heroes play sports or close deals for personal gain. He sees the medals and ribbons awarded in the military, but the motives of the recipients utterly eludes him.
Trump would consider Jeremiah Denton a coward too… Denton was put on display in a North Vietnamese propaganda film produced for the International Red Cross. Forced to recite a script, Denton was able to blink the word T-O-R-T-U-R-E in Morse code to get the true message to the world. Captain Denton had been in prison so long, his own son had grown up, served in Vietnam, and come home. Denton was the first POW off the plane in 1973, and his words ring true to this day:
“We are honored to have had the opportunity to serve our country under difficult circumstances. We are profoundly grateful to our Commander-in-Chief and to our nation for this day. God bless America.”
Donald Trump dodged the draft during the Vietnam war... but this will have little effect on the millions who support him. In Trump’s world, bluster passes for merit, talk is substitute for service. Yes, student deferments were draft dodging- especially when exercised by upper-class children of privilege.
A clear difference
Medical exemptions were every bit as dishonest… and Trump used one when his stint in graduate school came to an end. In July 1968 he was physically fit- three months later(as his deferment ended) he was suddenly afflicted with “heel spurs.” Rich kids from coast to coast found sympathetic doctors to conjure up various maladies. Poor kids and men of conscience went to war.
Only in Trump’s world is he a hero… and John McCain a coward. Obviously overcompensating for his cowardice, Trump disparages the real article while selling his fraudulent goods to unwitting followers. Bill Clinton was mercilessly attacked by Conservatives for his activities during the Vietnam war….where are they now?
Supporters of corrupt Presidents, from Andrew Johnson to Bill Clinton… all use the same erroneous argument about the Impeachment provision of the Constitution. “But he didn’t commit a high crime!”
If only our Framers had specific indictable crimes in mind when they included… the all important Impeachment provision. The historical record clearly shows “High crimes and misdemeanors” is a standard based on all facets of public conduct.
Listen to this rap
In Federalist 65, Hamilton writes : “those offences which proceed from the misconduct of public men, or, in other words, from the abuse or violation of some public trust. They are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated POLITICAL, as they relate chiefly to injuries done immediately to the society itself.”
Madison argues in the Convention debates that impeachment can be used if the President “fails to discharge the duties of his office.”
“it will make him in a peculiar manner, responsible for [the] conduct” of executive officers. subject him to impeachment himself, if he suffers them to perpetrate with impunity high crimes or misdemeanors against the United States, or neglects to superintend their conduct, so as to check their excesses.”
Should we scrutinize the current occupant of the White House more diligently?