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Put Away the Flags
The Progressive ^ | 070107 | Howard Zinn

Posted on 07/02/2007 10:46:00 AM PDT by ColoCdn

On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism and all its symbols: its flags, its pledges of allegiance, its anthems, its insistence in song that God must single out America to be blessed.

Is not nationalism -- that devotion to a flag, an anthem, a boundary so fierce it engenders mass murder -- one of the great evils of our time, along with racism, along with religious hatred?

These ways of thinking -- cultivated, nurtured, indoctrinated from childhood on -- have been useful to those in power, and deadly for those out of power.

National spirit can be benign in a country that is small and lacking both in military power and a hunger for expansion (Switzerland, Norway, Costa Rica and many more). But in a nation like ours -- huge, possessing thousands of weapons of mass destruction -- what might have been harmless pride becomes an arrogant nationalism dangerous to others and to ourselves.

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On the day after Dominion Day (Canada Day), and two days before Independence Day, I marvel at the liberal self-loathing and the hatred of America that still festers in the hearts of people (around the world) who have so directly benefitted from the bounty, opportunity, and blessings of this, the greatest country in the world. God bless America.
1 posted on 07/02/2007 10:46:01 AM PDT by ColoCdn
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2 posted on 07/02/2007 10:46:54 AM PDT by E Rocc (Myspace "Freepers" group moderator)
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To: ColoCdn

We must renounce all allegiances except, of course, to the glorious people’s revolution. /sarc


3 posted on 07/02/2007 10:47:48 AM PDT by P.O.E. (School's Out. Drive Safely.)
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To: ColoCdn

Know your enemy faolks.. liberals actually think this way


4 posted on 07/02/2007 10:48:20 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: ColoCdn

O.M.G. Someone get the poor guy some razor blades and warm water.......


5 posted on 07/02/2007 10:48:25 AM PDT by Hi Heels (Cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.)
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To: ColoCdn

Sorry, Mr. Zinn...I’m proud of my country so I fly my flag every day, not just on the 4th. You don’t like it? Move to France.


7 posted on 07/02/2007 10:49:05 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: ColoCdn

What a puss. If someone had refused to print his article, he would be waving the flag and screaming about freedom.


9 posted on 07/02/2007 10:49:39 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: ColoCdn

Some people get pretty nasty when PMS hits.


10 posted on 07/02/2007 10:49:46 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: ColoCdn

Where’s the barf alert? I skipped over the article as soon as I saw the author’s name.


11 posted on 07/02/2007 10:50:15 AM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: ColoCdn
Why, a person like Zinn who clearly is much more “moral” than us ordinary folks, shouldn't’t even live here; he would do himself and the rest of us a big favor by relocating to a much more just society; Pyongyang or Tehran come to mind.
13 posted on 07/02/2007 10:51:02 AM PDT by Zman
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To: ColoCdn

Welp - if this guy would come to my house and help me take my flag down; I’d be happy to hang him from the empty pole.


14 posted on 07/02/2007 10:51:15 AM PDT by capydick (What if the Hokey Pokey IS what it's all about?)
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To: ColoCdn

You forgot to add a Power Puke Warning.


15 posted on 07/02/2007 10:51:31 AM PDT by SouthernBoyupNorth ("For my wings are made of Tungsten, my flesh of glass and steel..........")
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To: ColoCdn
Progressive-dot-org????

Am I correct in thinkng that Howard Zinn's "flag" features a hammer and sickle?

16 posted on 07/02/2007 10:51:44 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ColoCdn
renounce nationalism

I had rather roll over and die.

17 posted on 07/02/2007 10:51:53 AM PDT by oyez (Justa' another high minded lowlife.)
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To: ColoCdn

Howard Zinn: the mother of all Red Diaper Doper Babies.


18 posted on 07/02/2007 10:52:20 AM PDT by jpl
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Am I correct in thinkng that Howard Zinn's "flag" features a hammer and sickle?

Or the colors of the rainbow.

19 posted on 07/02/2007 10:52:28 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: ColoCdn

Lets give Mr. Zinn a one way ticket to Gaza. Maybe after about a month there, he will appreciate our flag more. That’s if he keeps his head about him.


20 posted on 07/02/2007 10:52:48 AM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: ArrogantBustard

You are correct. He’s just another anti-American communist nutjob.


21 posted on 07/02/2007 10:53:01 AM PDT by darkangel82 (Socialism is NOT an American value.)
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To: ColoCdn

Bookmark for show and tell.


22 posted on 07/02/2007 10:53:24 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: ColoCdn

Is this dude high?


23 posted on 07/02/2007 10:54:08 AM PDT by Patriot Hooligan ("God have mercy on my enemies because I won't." General George S. Patton)
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Since I don’t really know this guy, I looked him up in Wikipedia:

“Howard Zinn (born August 24, 1922) is an American historian, political scientist, social critic, activist and playwright, best known as author of the bestseller, A People’s History of the United States.

Zinn’s philosophy incorporates ideas from Marxism, anarchism, socialism, and social democracy. Since the 1960s, he has been a figure in the Civil Rights and anti-war movements in the United States.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton%2C_Massachusetts

‘nuff said.


24 posted on 07/02/2007 10:54:17 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: ColoCdn
I’m sure Comrade Zinn still gets all weepy every time he sees the Hammer & Sickle
25 posted on 07/02/2007 10:54:23 AM PDT by exile ("Is Barney Frank gay or retarded?" - IMAO)
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To: oyez

They’ll have to pry my flag out of my cold dead hands before I give it up! Same goes for the cross around my neck!!


26 posted on 07/02/2007 10:54:36 AM PDT by ushr435
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To: ColoCdn

I’ve got a better idea, Howard. What say we hang you and others like you from the nearest lamp post?


27 posted on 07/02/2007 10:55:09 AM PDT by Noumenon (The Koran is the Mein Kampf of a religion that has always aimed to eliminate the others - O. Fallaci)
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To: ColoCdn
what might have been harmless pride becomes an arrogant nationalism dangerous to others and to ourselves.

By others, does he mean dictators and tyrants? The left loves their tyrants........

28 posted on 07/02/2007 10:55:30 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances ? and it advances relentlessly ? freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: ColoCdn

This needs an Ultra Hurl alert.


29 posted on 07/02/2007 10:56:59 AM PDT by JamesP81 (Socialism: a system based on how people should be. Capitalism: a system based on how they really are)
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To: Noumenon

This guy is a World War II bombardier? For who? Nazi Germany?


30 posted on 07/02/2007 10:57:13 AM PDT by Long Island Pete
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To: ColoCdn

BARF ALERT PLEASE


31 posted on 07/02/2007 10:57:14 AM PDT by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: ColoCdn

No thanks Howard.

America has problems - plenty of them. Some keep me awake at night worrying for the fate of my children. I find myself at times railing against the ineptitude of my so-called leaders when they blunder and bluster and bullshiite us.

But I love my country, warts and all. I revel at the history of America. I honor those who gave so much so that idiots like you could criticize and disparage.

Day after tomorrow I’ll be waving my flag (just like I do every day) and wiping away a tear, and lending my voice to a hearty cheer for the country I love.

I don’t give a damn what you do as long as you stay the HELL away from me...


32 posted on 07/02/2007 10:58:38 AM PDT by rockrr (Global warming is to science what Islam is to religion)
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To: ColoCdn

Progressive must be another name for a liberal


33 posted on 07/02/2007 10:58:49 AM PDT by caver (Yes, I did crawl out of a hole in the ground.)
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To: ColoCdn
Our citizenry has been brought up to see our nation as different from others, an exception in the world, uniquely moral, expanding into other lands in order to bring civilization, liberty, democracy.

That self-deception started early.

Howard Zinn has a serious case of ignorance.

He didn't say when he was planning on moving to any one of the better countries.

34 posted on 07/02/2007 10:58:59 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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“Progressives”-—meaning liberal bed-wetting, socialsist/marxists, don’t even try to hide their colors anymore. Are there people stupid enough to fall for his propaganda?


35 posted on 07/02/2007 10:59:26 AM PDT by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: ColoCdn

I pledge allegiance to the USA, God, and golf.......woohooooooo


36 posted on 07/02/2007 10:59:40 AM PDT by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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37 posted on 07/02/2007 11:00:00 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: ColoCdn

Switzerland *is* an army.


38 posted on 07/02/2007 11:00:18 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: ColoCdn

He’s a socialist that wants to do away with anything that “glues” a people together. Diversity destroys national identity and eventually, a nation.


39 posted on 07/02/2007 11:00:26 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Jesus loves you, Allah wants you dead)
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To: ColoCdn
Break out the BARF ALERT!!!
40 posted on 07/02/2007 11:01:03 AM PDT by KoRn (Just Say NO ....To Liberal Republicans - FRED THOMPSON FOR PRESIDENT!)
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To: ColoCdn

Par for the course.


41 posted on 07/02/2007 11:01:22 AM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Congressman with pyschotic supporters)
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To: ColoCdn
Hey, Zinn,   GO   TO   HELL.
42 posted on 07/02/2007 11:01:50 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (Brian J. Marotta, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub, (1948-2007) Rest In Peace, our FRiend)
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“We need to assert our allegiance to the human race, and not to any one nation.”....Sorry, I’m proud of my country and very glad I live nowhere else on earth. When the human race can produce a Hitler or a Stalin for example we had better have a very strong country or it will be destroyed. If other nations want to be followers, so be it. They do so at their own peril.

“Howard Zinn, a World War II bombardier,”.....for who? Japan or Germany?


43 posted on 07/02/2007 11:01:58 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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Howard Zinn.

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What a load of crap. These neutered liberals make me sick with their drivel.

44 posted on 07/02/2007 11:02:50 AM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: ColoCdn
On this July 4, we would do well to renounce nationalism...

We don't have to. We now have elected officials who rush to do it for us.

(Despite our wishes to the contrary.)

45 posted on 07/02/2007 11:03:26 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG (Apparently my former party considers me an "ugly nativist".)
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To: ColoCdn
This is the same socialist S.O.B. that wrote an American history textbook that is standard in way too many high schools.

Hey, Howie! Delta is ready when you are!

46 posted on 07/02/2007 11:03:32 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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Like that's going to happen!!

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47 posted on 07/02/2007 11:04:14 AM PDT by Politicalmom (Nearly 1% of illegals are in prison for felonies. Less than 1/10 of 1% of the legal population is.)
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To: rockrr
Day after tomorrow I’ll be waving my flag (just like I do every day) and wiping away a tear, and lending my voice to a hearty cheer for the country I love

I feel sorry for the communist Zinn. I feel pride and get choked up when gazing at the flag during the national anthem. What does Zinn feel but disdain and contempt when he sees the flag waving and chumps like me caring about it. What a sad, pathetic little man.

48 posted on 07/02/2007 11:04:26 AM PDT by subterfuge (Today, Tolerance =greatest virtue;Hypocrisy=worst character defect; Discrimination =worst atrocity)
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To: Politicalmom

49 posted on 07/02/2007 11:05:31 AM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Congressman with pyschotic supporters)
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To: ColoCdn

MBA
Multiple Barf Alert.


50 posted on 07/02/2007 11:06:43 AM PDT by azhenfud (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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