Unfortunately, I think this young man is fighting a very uphill battle.
Rather than join him in his campaign, wacko college students are pushing hard in the other direction. Because the flag and the pledge represent what’s wrong with the world — structural racism, imperial militarism, unrestrained capitalism and so on — such symbols must be eradicated. The flag itself is a micro-aggression. The pledge is too.
Sadly, I think the nation has “jumped the shark.” The declines can be tracked many ways. The cultural rot has been spreading. The crassness of the Republican primary is just one indicator. I had hopes for Donald Trump, that he’d clean it up and realize he needed to be a unifying force, as he claims to be.
Dennis Miller saw it coming. He said it many times on his now-defunct radio show. The country has flipped, he said. And he predicted Hillary would be the next president. It looks like Miller was right, more and more, with every passing day.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t soldier on. Fighting the good fight is what life is about. I wish him luck.