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Emerald’s Gem Box: Hero or hypocrite

Making national news this week has been the conflict/controversy at the Valdosta State University (VSU). Reportedly, for three days, VSU allowed demonstrators to lay the American Flag on the ground as they walked back and forth over it.

Michelle Manhart, an Air Force veteran, heard about the protest and (quote) “was just going over there to pick up the flag off the ground. I don’t know what their cause is, but I went to pick it up because it doesn’t deserve to be on the ground,” according to the Valdosta Daily Times. She was also quoted as saying, “The campus refused to do anything about it […] So we decided to get the flag and give it the respect it deserved. We just wanted to remove it and dispose of it properly.”

The highly debated controversy was all caught on cell phone video and is now the hot topic on You Tube and national news.

In the video, Manhart takes the flag from the protestors and when told the flag didn’t belong to her and she was stealing the flag, her reply was, “This belongs to actually the entire United States. It’s not yours.” Manhart, all the while holding the flag firmly in her hands, refused to turn the flag back over to the group, for them to mistreat it any longer. After police arrived she still refused to release the flag which then subsequently led to her being wrestled to the ground by four police officers, handcuffed, and the flag being returned to the protestors. She is then led away to the police car, all the while making comments about no one else standing up for our flag. The cell phone videographer also continually asks the officers and by-standers why they won’t stand up for our flag.

Manhart was later released after the protesters and officers declined to press charges. The university, however, issued a criminal trespass warning, which effectively bans Manhart from stepping on campus and/or attending college events.

“When it comes to the flag, it’s our iconic symbol. It stands for everything that we are. It stands for the freedoms to allow those individuals to do what they want, protest or have an organization. So how are you even going to justify ruining or walking upon something that’s giving you the right to do what you’re doing?” Manhart was quoted as saying.

Week after week I make remarks, in these columns, about how this country is going straight to hell because WE don’t stand up for God, Country or Family anymore. Most people, now-a-days, tuck tail and run, waiting on “someone else” to help fix the problems.

We Christians are losing our rights to worship how we want, where we want and when we want because the atheists are screaming against us – and we are letting them take our freedoms from us. We are allowing groups like the ACLU to strip us of all our freedoms. Too many city governments, county governments, state governments and school boards won’t grow a back-bone and stand up against them.

We Americans are losing our freedoms because we are letting the government take and take and take our freedoms from us in the name of healthcare, property rights, gun rights, taxes and immigration. It’s time to stand up against the politicians and DEMAND they vote the way we want them too. It was we who put them in that position. It’s time to do research BEFORE you vote and vote for the man or woman who will help put this country back on the right track.

We, as mothers and fathers, are not teaching our children respect for God, Country, Family and human beings. We should ALL be monitoring what they watch on TV, listen to on the radio, watch at the movie theatre, what friends they hang around, and TEACH THEM respect for everyone and everything. Make them speak respectfully to you and to other adults. Make them respect others’ personal property. For the love of God and man-kind…….. please just teach them respect!!!!!!

Society, as a whole, complains about the disrespect that citizens have for other citizens, disrespect for personal property and disrespect for life, in general. It’s because good moral values and lessons aren’t being taught at a young age.

Footnote (and this is a BIG footnote): Michelle Manhart is the same woman who, while on active duty with the U.S. Air Force, posed in Playboy Magazine (totally nude and partially nude) and was reprimanded for violating the uniform regulation and discrediting the armed forces. She was also demoted and then voluntarily discharged from the Air Force with a dishonorable discharge.

The same woman who posed nude with nothing but the American Flag draped over her, while touching the floor. She now tries to explain this action by saying that proper arrangements had been made to dispose of the flag properly after the photo shoot.

Does that make it right? Does dragging the American Flag across the floor and posing nude with it, but then “disposing of it properly” make it okay to do?

United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1 — The Flag
§8. Respect for flag
b. The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

d. The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.

So, again I ask what makes it “okay” for Michelle Manhart to disrespect the flag because she had plans to dispose of it properly, but not “okay” for the others? If they had made plans to properly dispose of the flag after their demonstration….. would that have been acceptable?

Don’t get me wrong – I applaud her for standing up to the protestors when no one else would. Kudos to her! But she is not a total “hero” in my book when she does the same thing.

There is also another difference in the two matters. She did hers for money. My Daddy always taught me there are names for women that do sexual things for money. He also always taught me there is a BIG difference between a woman and a lady. She, my dear readers, is not a lady by my standards.

Until then….. I’ll see you around the town.

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