Patriotism seems to have a whole new meaning in America lately.
Many patriots are deemed ‘racist’ or ‘Neo-Nazi’ at the mere sighting of an American or Confederate Flag bumper sticker on the back of your Ford pickup truck.
Then we have the ‘fake patriots,’ who get caught up in festive attitudes only on The 4th of July with their lights and glitter and fireworks, and forget the true meaning behind it all.
If our American Founders could see us now, do you think they would be proud?
Ha, they are turning in their graves…
This nation was founded on the ideals that all men are created equally, and have the right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Patriotism means freedom, understanding it, living it, teaching it, and educating others about its principles.
“It is not for honor or glory or wealth that we fight, but for freedom alone, which no good man gives up except with his life.”
But now, Americans are being stripped of that ‘true American’ right to be patriotic without offending anyone- some, even being forced to remove Old Glory from their own front door step.
Get a load of this…
According to foxnews,
A mailbox covered with the American flag is at the center of a dispute brewing between a retired U.S. veteran and a homeowners association in Florida.
Retired U.S. Navy Officer John Ackert says he received a letter last week from the Southwood Residential Community Associate in Tallahassee that asked him to remove the wrapping of Old Glory around the mailbox or face penalties.
He told WCTV he’s not backing down without a fight and has made an appeal.
“I view this as a form of bullying to be honest,” Ackert said. “And I think people should stand up to bullying of any form, and particularly this.”
Ackert said the H.O.A claimed his mailbox was not “in consonance” with the aesthetic values of Southwood.
“As the holiday season comes to a close, please remove the American flag mailbox wrap,” the letter read. “Decoration may be displayed 30 days prior and must be taken down 15 days after.”
He said the wrap has been up for four years.
“It was put there 30 days after I moved into this house.”
Messages to the Southwood Residential Community Association were not immediately returned Thursday morning.
Some of Ackert’s neighbors told WCTV the letter was a bit harsh and said they were not entirely surprised by the H.O.A’s actions.
“They do things like this all the time,” Mike Stephenson said. “I think it’s ridiculous. What’s wrong with being patriotic in the country you live in?”
Mike Patel said: “The man’s a veteran, he served the country. It’s just a mailbox with a flag. I don’t think it’s right. He owns the house, he can at least have that.”
The H.O.A. letter says Ackert has 15 days to remove the wrap or face a fine. He has not received a response to his appeal.