Larry Fitzgerald, SI.com: Merry Christmas, everyone. As we enjoy this special day and celebrate the holidays with friends and family, I'll be thinking about someone who has become very important to me: Arizona Senator John McCain. We've become friends since I've been playing for the Cardinals. I have so much admiration for him, and I wanted to share why that admiration has become so strong. The Christmas season is the perfect time to do that. ... The sacrifices John McCain has made for our country, and especially the men and women he served with in the military, are incredible.
As a prisoner of war in Vietnam he missed six Christmases with his family back home and suffered unbelievable hardship. Yet most people don't realize that he could have gotten out of that prisoner of war camp four years earlier than he did because his father was a high-ranking military commander. However, he refused to be freed until all the men captured before him were released. That is true heroism and bravery.
it is true that: the black POW/MIA flag is flown under the US Flag arbitrarily by random civil-servants across the country?
some of my own research indicates, yes. imbw
--i hope Mccain recovers. then resigns, or resign and recover.
America will need to someday atone for the war crimes we committed in Vietnam. I won't single out John McCain but anyone who dropped napalm on villages must have some guilt or they are somehow managing to blank it out of their minds. Those who supported our efforts in Vietnam but didn't sign up themselves are in some ways far worse. Vietnam was a true turning point in our history when the military/industrial complex assumed complete control. Nothing has changed since.
You recognize past and present sins of Washington and yet continue to support and clamor for more Federal powers.
Larry Fitzgerald is one helluva an athlete and a well adjusted guy and does a lot for his ( my) community.
I don't agree with much of McCain's politics but there have been times I've been impressed. To name a couple.
At some townhall, lady you don't have to be afraid of Obama.
I don't care if the guy in the foxhole beside me is gay.
Every one likes Tom Cruise in the movie, this guy did it.
so yeah, i'm saying that flag needs to go -- from being under Old Glory at public installationsbwhere it is flown by law and in accordance with law.
the POW/MIA flag does not represent anything other than Vietnam. in short, it perpetuates the harm done and war.
i believe everyone, including the Americans afflcted by Vietnam, would better heal without its constant reminder and uncontrolled use as it is now. singling out Vietnam lost, in this specific manner (#3), is not helpful, it's harmful.
McCain will be remembered for many things.
I will remember him for his last word on Repeal and Destroy.
i realize some ppl look at this as "disgusting" -- for raising this question.
however, i just did more research.
there is a county Library across a shared parking lot from a Government center.
according to courthouse clerk who then referred to maintenance and clerks at the County Commissioners office, no one can tell me, yet, why there is a POW/MIA flag at one location and not the other and whether flying it other than specific approved times is lawful.
the concept that no one enforces flag code, that following the code voluntary, on public grounds is, again, rather capricious.
the first issue i have with this is that there is no law that anyone can cite that tells them to fly it or not -- as there is with the US flag -- it appears, thus far in my research, that it is random and it is arbitrary.
i view the *capricious nature of this activity as disrespectful, and propagandizes both flags.
anything else is therefore based on whim.
on another note: apparently you can fly anything you want on the same halyard as the US flag, but that is not my concern. my concern is proper respect at public properties only. again, i view "whims," in this context, on public property, as disrespectful and politicization.
1) there are 6 days recognized by congress that it must be flown; those should be codifed as the only days. no whims.
2) it's over, there is offically no longer Southeast Asia POW/MIA, take it down.
IT'S BEYOND TIME TO HEAL THOSE SERVICE MEMBERS AND THE COUNTRY.
it seems America would rather keep wounds open to fester and grow. ...it's a business now, a profitable business. non-prof employees and CEOs DO get paid.
6 Christmases, so what bowie bergdahl spent 5 Christmases with the taliban showing distinction and courage!!
Six Christmases as a POW? At a "prison" that was a hotel? And a crummy Hilton at that!? Such a loser. SAD! But I digress...
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