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Flag Waving and Guitar Playing

DAILY PROMPT
I Pledge Allegiance
Are you patriotic? What does being patriotic mean to you?

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Out on the porch, I fly the American flag on the Fourth of July and Memorial Day. I usually forget about Flag Day on June 14th.

A couple of things have changed in patriotism since I was young in the 1960’s. When I was a teen, the anti-establishment segment of American society wore the clothing in the pattern of the American flag, sometimes made out of the actual flag. The more conservative elements of society railed against this flag-draping practice and called them unpatriotic.

Today, the most conservative people wear the flag-inspired clothing in my country. Hats, shirts, pants, socks, even shoes with the red, white, and blue plastered across it. Now this is a sign that you are a true patriot.

At Woodstock in 1969, Jimi Hendrix played The Star Spangled Banner on his crying guitar. This rendition of the patriotic song was labeled as shockingly unpatriotic. The more traditional people found the sad wailing of his guitar as being deeply critical of America.

This last Fourth of July, some guy on a Florida beach played The Star Spangled Banner on his electric guitar in a fashion similar to Jimi Hendrix. He gets arrested for disturbing the peace. Then he becomes  the darling for today’s more conservative crowd. The patriotic flag-wearing people of today applaud the music gleaned from the more radical past.

Both the dress code and the musical style have exchanged places on the political scale. In this case, patriotism is in the eye of the beholder.

I Blame My Mother for How I Feel About the Jews

The 78 record was spinning Glenn Miller’s “In the Mood” on the record player. My friend and I just discovered this stash of 78’s in my basement and they were hilarious to us. We made fun of this old music not realizing the connection swing music had to our favorite music, rock and roll.

So “In the Mood” was playing and my mother came in and for some unknown reason started listing great historical and modern problems. She went thought a long list and finally she said, “Do you know who is behind all these problems?” Slight dramatic pause and then she said, “The Jews.”

Glenn Miller just started his loud horn work after a long period of hushed music as she said this. My friend and I laughed our heads off. The music was too funny, and my mother’s comment was so beyond absurd.

How could one group of people be the cause of all the bad stuff that ever happened on earth? Historically, the Jewish people were chased out of every country in the world, and if they were allowed to stay, they were treated like crap. The crap is never ending.

I learned young not to trust my mother’s ideas. She had some crazy ones. So my knee-jerk reaction was to swing (thanks Glenn) to the opposite viewpoint. I’ve been doing this all my life.

I am amazed and horrified by the anti-semetic protests happening in the world right now. Ethnic cleansing is abhorrent to most people, but exceptions are always made in the case of the Jews.

Being Christian is a rough road to travel in large parts of the world too. Killing Christians is also a justifiable act. All you secularists out there, don’t think that you are immune, you just might be on that list too. Where is this thing called civilized society? The dark ages are still with us.

My mother is dead, but the list is alive and well.

Writing Challenge: Silly Miley

Miley’s performance at the Video Music Awards did cross the line; it crossed the line into absolute boredom.

I saw nothing sexually interesting nor shocking with her performance. It warranted no censure, no viewership. Miley Cyrus and the media are pushing this silly performance as something of importance when it is bland. Sexy dancing is nothing new; I don’t think Miley makes the cut.

I like Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines song and video. The video is sexy and a little facetious which makes it interesting. The video does not take itself too seriously and seems to draw the viewers in on the joke. It’s a pop song just meant to entertain us this summer.

Miley looked like a 12-year-old girl in that ill-fitting, beige bikini. Her tongue reminded me of a lizard searching out a tasty bug. The foam finger suggested she take herself off the stage. Her dance moves looked foolish and poorly done.

I guess some men prefer 12-year-old girls. Yet I wonder how many men actually found her titillating on the VMA?

She wants to shake her innocent, Disney image and become a grown-up artist. Yet the only talent she tries for is to shock. Even in that, she didn’t succeed. Yawn . . .

Weekly Writing Challenge: Mind the Gap