Wikipedia: Half-mast is the term describing the flying of a flag below the summit of the flagpole (mast). This is done in many countries as a symbol of respect, mourning or distress.
I think my first memory of flags at half-mast was in 1963 when President Kennedy was assassinated. I was just a kid and have no further memories of that time in my life except those flags at half mask and I didn’t have to go to school for a couple of days. . .
Then as I got a little older those half-mast flags became more and more common… Apollo 1 fire disaster (1967), Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy both assassinated in 1968, not to mention the rash of passing ex presidents, Hoover, Eisenhower, Truman and Johnson all went in an eight year span…. The one thing in common was that something “thought” to be good, great or special had left us forever. Our flag flying at half-mast was our reminder that nothing last forever and that evil or disastrous things can happen at any moment.
So. . . I pose the question no American wants to think about let alone consider. Should we be flying our flags at half-mast out of respect for the passing of what was a great AMERICA?
We have gone from the world leader in almost every important category to below average amongst most developed nations. The USA is now 17th in education and 37th in health care behind countries like Costa Rica, Chile and Colombia. We are 8th in GDP/PPP (how much your money actually purchases) and 23rd in quality of infrastructure. The Golden Gate Bridge and Hoover Dam are Dinosaurs next to projects like China’s Beijing to Guangzhou high-speed rail lines. This line would be like New York City to Miami in 5 hours with a 138 trains traveling at 200 miles an hour on one line simultaneously. We use to do these things. . . .
We are however still on top at No.1 when it comes to Teen Pregnancy with 494,357 births (No.2 is considerably lower at 30.4k). This does not take into account abortions and one would assume since we are ranked No.2 in the world in abortions that teen pregnancy is even higher (really happy we have all those free condom programs). We also get the dubious honor of ranking No. 1 in illegal drug use….
Now with all that horrible news it sadly gets worse. Most of what you see above is directly related to money, i.e., our debt. Our debt is driving our economy into the ground. 16.5 trillion and growing at rate of 3.82 billion a year since 2007.
The unemployment rate of 7.8% is just unadulterated BULLSHIT! A quick look on the web has most experts saying yes the unemployment may be 7.8% but the “UNDEREMPLOYMENT” rate is 24 to 27%. University grads working at grocery stores and fast food restaurants. Wake up people, these are your kids!
And here is what drives me absolutely nuts. . . we continue to re-elect those that put us in debt at a faster rate then anytime in our past history. The debt doubled in our currant presidents first term and then we reward him with a second term. Now that’s just so smart folks. I will concede that he is dealing with the presidents before him but that is no reason to reward him.
So, I pose the question Should we be flying our flags at half-mast out of respect for the passing of what was a great AMERICA?
Don’t look here for the answers…. Look at the people, the new generation of people running for office in your home town and elect them. These will be the unpopular candidates. The ones not willing to spend money they don’t have. The ones that think people should work to provide for themselves instead of the government taking care of them. The ones that really think less government is better. Lets put the people who want to spend our money on their favorite pork-barrel projects that only benefits them and their chances of re-election out of business. FIRE THEM.
In bad times some people say “God save us”, God doesn’t want to save America, God wants Americans to save America.