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Love of country is freely given

Don’t fence me in. Love of country is like marriage, a spontaneous combustion of affection. It is not restricted by etiquette nor indoctrination. Love is not bound by oaths or pledges. Sacrifices, to please, considerations, etc., are all acts freely given in the name of love.

Love is not restricted by looks or measured in hours. Nor has night or day, rain or shine, have anything to do with it. Love is not blind. One who loves has a reason to love and to be loved. Love is trust. But when that trust is violated,we tear things up and spit and burn the symbols that were associated with our love. Love is a two-way street. Nothing can hurt more than to lose one’s love.When a third party tries to break up our love: United we stand indivisible.

We express and emphasize our love on special occasions, when we go out for dinner, a ball, concert, etc.Then we use etiquette and proper manners.

When we raise or lower or drape our flag on special ceremonies, we use etiquette and proper manners.

But no president, politician, or government official can tell us how to express and when to love or direct our rage when THEY have violated our trust in our love. Like we wear our wedding rings day and night. … Old Glory should be displayed day and night, rain or shine, on antennas, bikinis, cakes, etc., if one so desires in the Land of the Free. Our love is a spontaneous combustion of reasons. Old Glory is a symbol of our reasons of ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and justice for all. Let’s keep striving that way and let’s not abuse it. “Oh, say, can YOU see, by the dawn’s early light …” etc.

Anthony Cleison

Grass Valley

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