I just opened this message from a friend:
"Just now, at 11:45 pm on a Sunday night, we have lowered our flag to half mast and turned it upside down. The congress and white house havedecided to turn our country and our rights upside down. Turning ourflag upside down is our only way of demonstrating our disgust and frankly the disgrace that they bring to the many millions of good men and women who died making this the former land of the free. If you agree, join us, turn the flag over at half mast"
This shares the utter disgust I hold our Congress in.
The upside down U.S. flag is an official signal of distress. It is not meant to be, and is not officially recognized as any type of disrespect when so displayed for the right reasons. To the contrary, here is the relevant part of the US Code of Laws regarding how to fly the flag when in distress:
THE FLAG CODE Title 36, U.S.C., Chapter 10 As amended by P.L. 344, 94th CongressApproved July 7, 1976§ 176. Respect for flag: No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.
(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property. Most individuals who have served in the military service of our nation will (or should) recognize this signal.
As a result of the many traitors and enemies we as a free people have, both foreign and domestic, as a result of the many unconstitutional acts, legislation and atrocities passed and/or committed against US citizens and their life, liberty and property, and as a result of policies that have allowed (and continue to allow) enemies of this nation to enter in large numbers through a porous border policy, I believe the life, liberty and property of US Citizens are in dire danger and distress.
From what I have read, 49% of us did not agree with the health care package, 40% did. 11% couldn't be found or don't give a damn. Thus my friend's appeal to fly your flag upside down at half mast.
It doesn't matter now, it is a done deal. But done deals fail and fall apart and are not honored. This may be another one but at great cost to our country. I really don't know how far we can go but we are on the path to find out.
It does matter now and you will find a brave few who stand up and fight. I wonder what we can accomplish?
Most won't care until it is too late to care and I have no idea if and when that will happen.
When I read this message I felt anger, then it quickly changed to fear.