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Flag Day

Today is Flag Day. It commemorates the adoption of the United States flag by the Continental congress.

Next to President's day, Flag Day  is our dumbest national holiday. After all the events that led to the creation of our nation, adopting a flag was just icing on the cake.

I've got nothing against people who are  flying their flags today. It shows a love of their country, which is laudable. Displaying that love in a time when patriotism is so unfashionable shows courage. But remember that the flag is a symbol and it's the nation that deserves our love.

While the flag deserves respect, sometimes Americans go too far beyond that. Consider the opening words of The Pledge Of Allegiance:

I pledge allegiance to the flag
Of the United States of America
And to the republic for which it stands....

Allegiance should go first to the Republic, not to a piece of cloth. But the republic is mentioned 12 words in, as if it were an afterthought.

I wish Constitution Day got as much fanfare as Flag Day. The Constitution is what defines our country, not the flag. We'd be the same country if we'd stuck with the Continental Colors.

If you're flying a flag today, that's great. But I have a challenge for you. When September 17 rolls around, show the same love for the Constitution that you do for the flag. Find a copy online and read it.