Posts Tagged ‘United States’

Is being liberal a bad thing?!

I celebrated my friend’s 40th birthday yesterday.  He, his wife and I have all been friends since college and it has been a long time since we’ve seen each other.  In the morning, I looked up what happened on this day in history.  I do this often and it is something fun to see who he shared his birthday with (We thought it was cool that his birthday was shared with Thomas Magnum!) and other historical events.  I also decided to do this again this morning.

On my search today, August 5, there was a significant birth and death, but I’m sure that few people even know these ladies.  It was the birth of Mary Ritter Beard and the death of Millicent Garrett Fawcett.  Both ladies were part of the women’s suffrage.  Ms. Beard in both the United States and Great Britain, and Ms. Fawcett in Great Britain.  I read about what these ladies did.  And as I read, I realized that these ladies were extremely liberal for the time that they lived.  They did things that were not the “norm” of that time and wanted massive change!

For the most part, people think that because I am married to a soldier that I am very conservative.  But if you get to know me, you will realize that I am one that is not easily labeled.  It has been often said that I am too liberal to be a republican, but to conservative to be a democrat.  I’m rather stuck in the middle. 

So the next time that someone scoffs at a liberal idea, remind them that some liberal ideas are not all bad.  If they were, women may still not have the right to vote or own property!!!


Let’s Fly the US Flag Every Day, Not Just on 9/11!!!!

I’ve recently been getting those e-mail chain letters asking me to fly the flag on 9/11 and to pass the e-mail along.  Why is it that they only want us to fly the flag on 9/11?  As Americans shouldn’t we be proud to fly our flag daily?  Don’t get me wrong, I want everyone to fly the flag on 9/11, I just think that we should fly our flags all the time.

When my husband and I moved from Alaska back to the lower 48, we drove through Canada.  All across Canada they had their Canadian flags flying.  Talking with friends that are stationed in other countries, they tell me the same thing.  That other countries fly their nation’s flag all the time as well.  Also, you can see all over the United States people who hail from other countries.  How do I know?  Just look at their cars or their homes.  They have flags from their homeland displayed. 

Why is then that in the United States that we reserve our flag for “special” times.  The flag seems to be flown for Memorial Day, Independence Day, 9/11 and Veteran’s Day.  The only exception I see is in military communities where most families fly their flags daily.

So let’s start a new trend!  Fly the American Flag daily!  Fly it high and fly it proud.  Put an American Flag sticker on your car, wear jewelry with the flag, put it on your mail, on your kid’s backpacks and any where you can display it proudly — and with good taste!