I Am An American – Nefarious James
I am an American. Not a White American, African American, Mexican American, Italian American and so on. I am an AMERICAN, Period. First and foremost out of all the titles and ranks I have held in my lifetime, this is the title I hold with pride the most. Throughout the years many men and women have sacrificed so much to have that title and defend it to their last breath.
As with anything else in this world there is symbolism for everything. We are graced with the American Flag. Not just any flag, but A flag that has represented Hope, Courage, Honor and opportunity. A flag, that when seen by others, could rally hope and courage. It is a symbol that drives so many to have a more prosperous life. A symbol so strong some risk their very lives to live under it.
A symbol that is so empowering it has given men the courage to storm beaches and conquer insurmountable odds. And all the while before the smoke even cleared, they displayed her for all to see.
She survived a landing on the moon, The beaches of Iwo Jima, the invasion of Normandy, Battles in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Panama, Afghanistan and countless others. Even after our people were attacked in New York at the World Trade Center, The Pentagon and the Marine Barracks in Beirut Lebanon, she still stood. She survived countless incursions and faced many an enemy and still she stood and flew proud. Sometimes worn, dirty and torn but still waved proudly for all to see. Instilling in those that felt we had nothing more to give that last final push they needed to persevere. I love my flag and I would do most anything for her. She has never asked me for anything, yet has given me so much. It gave me a sense of pride and purpose in my younger years that stay with me to this day. I have seen her flown all over this great planet of ours and it never ceases to make me stop and admire her even if it is just for a moment.
Now it seems people have forgotten what she represents. The things she has done and the lives she has changed by giving others the hope and daring to dream. People now put her on towels they throw on the ground and lay on, underwear to cover their asses and clothing items like she is just another future rag. They put little flags on their cars to show their pride in her but when she blows off and lands in the street they don’t stop and pick her up. They fly her, worn out and beaten down, when it’s time to retire her with the honor and respect she deserves because they just couldn’t be bothered. What started out with good intent just became another fashion statement put aside.
And as if it couldn’t get worse. We now have garbage standing on our flag, burning our flag and cursing our flag. Demanding she give them the handouts they feel they deserve. All the while they desecrate and rape Old Glory. I will never be ashamed or embarrassed to be an American. Nor will I ever disrespect or dishonor my country’s flag. I gave my Oath years ago and renew it whenever I feel the need. Especially in times like these. Never forget the men and women who have sacrificed with, before and after you. I never will. July is the month we celebrate our independence. Veterans, Renew your oath. Remember why you gave it in the first place. Our country and our flag needed us when we gave that oath the first time. Both Our Country and Our Flag need us now more than ever. The enemy is at the gates and they want to take our country from us more than ever. Stand together and make this right. As I’ve quoted before from Edward Burke,” The only thing necessary for the Triumph of Evil is for Good Men to Do Nothing”. I will not live seeing my American Brothers and Sisters live as slaves. I will not stand by and watch my flag burn at the hands of animals. I will not allow this to go unanswered on my watch. Till my eyes permanently close and the last breath leaves my body, I will always be proud to be an American and love my Flag. I WILL defend it against its enemies both foreign AND DOMESTIC. That is how I live my life. I don’t want to look at the next generation and tell them we failed them that we failed ourselves, them and our country. I will stand alone if I have to. By God you can count on that. So I guess the question now is, Do I Stand Alone? Who will help me hold up our Flag once more?