There was a time during my LEFTIST years, when I fully agreed with Canada’s Liberal Policy, supported by Canada’s Supreme Court, that allowed for the DESECRATION of our National Flag as a an EXPRESSION OF FREE SPEECH . . . BUT NOT ANYMORE.
On a camping trip I took as a teenager (around 16-17 years old) with several Canadian friends to Up-State New York, we somehow got hold of an American Flag. And when we entered the State Park in our car, we draped the flag over the trunk as we drove to our camping spot. It was just a stupid childish thing to do.
BUT . . . to our utter shock, a group of adult American men chased after us . . . some got in front of the car, and all threatened to beat us to a pulp when we came to a stop. Needless to say, we were more than just a bit scared.
Fortunately for us, these men accepted our apologies before fists flew, and let us continue along our way with a stern warning. BUT TRUTH BE TOLD . . . we weren’t sorry for what we did. And we would have apologized for anything not to get the crap kicked out of us by a bunch of American Red Necks.
FOR THE LIFE OF ME . . . I couldn’t understand what got these Americans so upset, considering that the FLAG was nothing more than “JUST” a printed design on a piece of cut and measured fabric.
In fact, I came away with the impression that these “NEANDERTHALS” had no idea whatsoever, as we CANADIANS did, of the VALUE of Free Speech.
I was raised through the Canadian (Quebec) education system, to learn that America was nothing short of a BULLY-NATION of Cowboys, who did whatever they could to be UGLY AMERICANS, which was at that time a Best Selling Book, that gave me all the APPROBATION I needed to believe that America was indeed a nation of BULLIES.
And what happened in that Up-State New York Campground, when these American “BULLIES” chased us down for dragging their FLAG . . . proved beyond all shadows of doubt, that my impression of the USA WAS 100% ON-TARGET.
You can’t blame a KID for believing what he/or she learned from adult role models, as I learned from my teachers, that Americans were international BULLIES, and outside of their COWBOY culture, were more or less DEVOID of a real culture, unlike us Canadians, who shared a BRIGHT & VIBRANT culture with France and England.
IN 100-PERCENT TRUTH . . . the reality was, and still is totally different than the perception and delusion was then, and perhaps still is now, which was FORCE-FED to children. If anything, we Canadians, especially Canadians who have no cultural connection to England or France, are indeed without our own significant national history and culture.
TO THE GREAT CHAGRIN OF MANY CANADIANS . . . it is far more honest for us to accept that our culture is tied almost inextricably to the culture of the United States of America, than it is to any other country or culture on earth. And that also goes for Canadians who have a past connection to England and France.
The United States of America followed Canada’s LEAD, and made it LEGAL in 1989, and reconfirmed in 1990 as a function of FREE SPEECH . . . to be able to desecrate the AMERICAN FLAG.
In the mid 1960’s, when I desecrated the American Flag in that New York State Campground, it WASN’T the American men who threatened to beat me up who were the NEANDERTHALS . . . it was me. I WAS THE NEANDERTHAL, and certainly deserved a thrashing for such incredible disrespect.
BUT I WAS KID – INFLUENCED BY IDIOT ADULTS . . . and kids need to be cut some slack – SO HOW DO WE EXPLAIN ADULTS WHO DESECRATE OUR FLAGS TODAY?
My dad fought in WWII . . . from the beginning till the end.
He was wounded, decorated multiple times, was hospitalized with Malaria, lived in the rain, cold and mud, slept under the open sky, went for days on end without sufficient food, marched across much of Europe (England, Italy, the Netherlands, France and Germany) under enemy fire, was thousands of miles from family and friends . . . and did so literally for FREE.
ALL MY DAD ASKED FOR FROM HIS FLAG . . . was to provide him with weapons, ammunition, a strategy, good leadership, clothing, and enough food to keep him going.
But my dad was not alone – MY DAD WAS JUST ONE OF MILLIONS of brave men and women who did the same as him under the FLAGS of Canada and the USA.
If it wasn’t for my dad, who sacrificed not just 5-YEARS of his life in combat, but a lifetime of hard memories and experiences afterwards, I would not have the FREEDOM to be writing this EDITORIAL and producing VIDEOS . . . and you would not have the RIGHT to read what I write, and watch and listen to what I say.
In my travels throughout Canada and the United States, if I happen to come upon a demonstration where either of these two FLAGS, are ever being desecrated, I would see that as an attack on the memory and sacrifice of my Father & Millions of others like him . . . and I would respond in kind.
I WILL SAY IT RIGHT HERE AND NOW . . . I would be more than willing to fight, take a beating, give a beating, and go to prison to defend our FLAGS, because without them . . . WE ARE NOT FREE PEOPLE.
And for both of our Supreme Courts to say otherwise . . . says all that needs to be said about the people who are making and enforcing our laws with the FREEDOM given to them under our FLAGS because of Patriots like my dad who put it all on the line for all of us . . . EVEN THE DESECRATERS.
God Bless Those Who Serve And Protect
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov