September 10, 2003
The Flea's patriotic feelings are stirred by singing Land of hope and glory or Jerusalem rather than by a picture of the "Union Jack". I do not think most people who are not Americans, including long-time residents like Christopher Hitchens, understand fully the emotional and symbolic importance of the flag. With that exception, this article shows more clear thinking on what needs to be done (via InstaPundit):
Two beautiful fall seasons ago, this society was living in a fool’s paradise while so far from being “in search of enemies” that its governing establishment barely knew how to tell an enemy from a friend. If there is anything to mark or commemorate, it is the day when that realm of illusion was dispelled — the date that will one day be acknowledged as the one on which our enemies made their most truly “suicidal” mistake.
Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 10, 2003 01:04 PM
That'd be the Union Flag, of course. It's only a Jack when flown at the bow of a British warship. But you knew that already.
Personally I get all misty-eyed at Rule Britannia, or even older fare like British Grenadiers. That was when Britain was a giant among empires, and she wasn't above giving the French a good solid black eye when the duc d'Orléans (or later, Boney) got out of line.
And just think, we Canadians traded that glorious (and yes, multi-ethnic) cultural, political and martial heritage for a PoMo mix of anti-Western moral relativism. Good trade.
Posted by: Chris Taylor at September 10, 2003 03:36 PM
The Union Jack/Union Flag issue confuses people in much the same way as the half-mast/half-staff issue. I have been told half-staff is an Americanism and that half-mast remains correct on land provided the phrase is used north of the border.
I agree on all counts with respect to the past our government has thrown down the memory hole along with decency, honour and duty.
Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at September 10, 2003 10:55 PM
That's fascinating. I was not aware of the half-mast/half-staff controversy at all. I just learned something new today. =)
Posted by: Chris Taylor at September 10, 2003 11:26 PM