Marine Schools Protesters Dishonoring the Flag With Lesson in Patriotism

american flagsMy fellow Americans, a word? If you want to protest something -- anything -- you might want to leave the American flag out of it ... or at least be a little more respectful of Old Glory than a bunch of Albuquerque, New Mexico protesters were this week. Carting the flag upside down -- an official signal of distress -- the protesters were caught on video thumbing their noses at the national symbol.

But while their act of insolence may be disheartening, the bravery the disrespect for the flag inspired in an angry US Marine and another serviceman is a beautiful show of patriotism! Ready to see some patriotic butt kicking? Watch what these servicemen do when they take note of the disrespect for our country:

What's truly puzzling is why the flag was being used at all. It almost seemed intended to incite people, as technically they were protesting against excessive force used by the police department rather than the American government.

Apparently there are some folks who have accused these two servicemen of "violating" the protesters' right to free speech, but quite frankly, I'm not buying it.

The protesters had free speech ... but freedom of speech does not mean protection from repercussions for what it is you say or do. The protesters made a bad choice in disrespecting the flag, and the result is they met up with people who did not like what they did.

It should also be pointed out that the Marine and the other serviceman did NOT hurt anyone. In fact, the protesters ran off (or drove off, if you want to get technical), dropping the flag on the ground (another act of desecration), but they were never harmed. They just got what was coming to them.

Put yourself in the servicemen's shoes. What would YOU have done?


Image via Anthony Quintano/Flickr

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nonmember avatar Jenna

I am proud that those service men did that. If you don't like our country or the symbols of our country then leave. Respect America

nonmember avatar Maranda

A beautiful show of patriotism that tramples on someone elses first ammendment rights. While I don't necessarily agree with the protestors, I wholeheartedly agree with their right to do it. That is the beauty in this country. The act of the Marine, while good intentioned, isn't the right thing to do. A big problem in our country is that we are so intolerant of people who may have different views from our own. Truth be told, that Marine served in order for those people, whoever they are, to have the right to protest in that way.

nonmember avatar Maranda

Okay, I'm about to be doubly hated. Watching the video really makes me feel like the Marines, again well intentioned, were being bullies. An upside down flag is no reason to threaten physical harm (in the way they were chasing and bowing up to the guys on the moped thing)and taking their property. Call me a dirty hippy all you want, but as a patriotic American I know when to say a veteran does something that in not appropriate. They need to learn to keep their cool and represent their branch with respect of others.

Elaine Cox

oh yes the maranada..the dreaded b-word..No they had free speech and still do

Snapp... SnappleQueen

These service members behaved terribly and are a disgrace. Being in the military does not give you the right to be a thug.

Felip... FelipesMom

I hear one of the marines saying "I don't give a fuck about your civil liberties, I served this country." 

Sorry, but to me the most important reason to serve and protect this great country of ours is precisely that - the civil liberties and freedom that we grant our citizens. 

"I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." (~Voltaire). That, to me, is what this country is all about.

I agree with the marines in that the protesters' insult to the flag was egregious, unnecessary, and generally horrid. But I do not support their response.

Felip... FelipesMom

I also agree with a previous poster's assessment of the marines as bullies in this situation.

nonmember avatar Tina

Wow, you call these boys a disgrace??? They are willing to fight and die for your freedoms. They fight for YOU under that flag. They have the right to defend it as well. I am a patriot and I think that freedom of speech is a great thing. I believe in protesting - but not using another's "symbol" to do it. I do not believe in the Koran, but I would not desecrate it in my attempt to protest.

Snapp... SnappleQueen

And the service member is cursing in front a child. Trashy, trashy, trashy. These service members disgraced themselves. Thankfully, most of our armed forces would never behave in such a pathetic manner.

Snapp... SnappleQueen

Tina- Yep. I called them a disgrace, an accurate label in this case. We don't need people like that in the military becaue they just tarnish all of the good folks serving this country.

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