Too American

 

Firemen Raising the Flag

 

 

 

Yonder are the Hessians. They were bought for seven pounds and tenpence a man.  Are you worth more? Prove it. Tonight the American flag floats from yonder hill  or Molly Stark sleeps a widow!

 

General John Stark prior to the battle of Bennington, August 16, 1777

(Originally posted at The American Catholic.  I thought the history mavens of Almost Chosen People might be interested in it.)

 

 

The above photo epitomized the American spirit in the wake of the 9-11 attacks.  Who could object to it?

This iconic picture of firefighters raising the stars and stripes in the rubble of Ground Zero was nearly excluded from the 9/11 Memorial Museum — because it was “rah-rah” American, a new book says.

Michael Shulan, the museum’s creative director, was among staffers who considered the Tom Franklin photograph too kitschy and “rah-rah America,” according to “Battle for Ground Zero” (St. Martin’s Press) by Elizabeth Greenspan, out next month.

“I really believe that the way America will look best, the way we can really do best, is to not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently,” Shulan said.

One of the main problems in the country today is that too many people in positions of authority really do not have an ounce of patriotism and simply do not like America.  Cold indifference to the country at best, a strong distaste for her not infrequently, and occasionally a bitter hatred is the order of the day among too many who are regarded as elites.

Benjamin Franklin after the Constitutional Constitution in 1787 was asked by a lady what form of government the new nation was to have:  monarchy or republic.  “A Republic Madam”, Franklin responded, “if you can keep it.”  Our current want of patriotism is an alarming manifestation of a lack of will to keep what the Founding Fathers fought to give us:  a free nation.

Published in: on August 6, 2013 at 5:30 am  Comments (4)  
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4 Comments

  1. Fire him and send him to Paris France to manage and curate some of their museums… may he only find an apartment in an Islamic neighborhood… Waugh! the rest of my opinion need not be printed in case my saintly mother might read it and lower her opinion of her eldest son. GRIN!

    • “Waugh! the rest of my opinion need not be printed in case my saintly mother might read it and lower her opinion of her eldest son.”

      🙂

  2. I couldn’t agree with you more. I find this kind of attitude not just appalling but frightening.

    • “I find this kind of attitude not just appalling but frightening.”

      Indeed. One fellow like this is a disgrace. The problem is that all too many people in authority in the US share his antipathy towards traditional patriotism.


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