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As America marks its 240th birthday, it is a time marked by more division and more hostility than possibly at any other time in those many years.

Even in the noisy, disruptive 1960s when the Vietnam War and civil rights engendered passionate debate and demonstrations, Americans on both sides loved their country enough to fight for its future in their own way.

Now, factions within see America as the root of all that is wrong with the world – racist, bigoted, elitist, imperialist, and greedy.

Even the flag, the “Stars and Stripes” that inspired Francis Scott Key to write new lyrics to an old English pub song that became our anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner, is now seen as a negative symbol.

Whether because of intimidation or the prevailing force of political correctness, Lexington, South Carolina, sent the chief of police to “have a conversation” with Marine veteran Bob Michaelis who apparently ran afoul of the law when he draped the front of his store with American flags.

“We’ve got ten flags up,” Michaelis told local reporters. “I thought maybe it was about time we return the patriotism in America. There’s not enough of it. It seems to be lost.”

Instead, he was told the flags violated a city ordinance and would have to be removed.

Michealis refused. Old Glory remains.

Lexington Mayor Steve MacDougall took to Facebook to defend City Hall’s stance, but the explanation – that the 1999 law was enacted over “a negative situation involving the Confederate flag” – hardly makes sense.

Across the country, residents in Newport Beach, California are coming up against an ordinance that prohibits their display of red, white and blue flags strung from home to home.

The City’s code enforcement department gave them 24 hours to remove the flags.

Even in the “Big Apple,” a columnist for the New York Daily News urges the MLB to end the singing of “God Bless America” during the 7th Inning Stretch.

Terming the traditional moment when fans stand, remove their caps and place them over their hearts, “Mussolini-esque,” the columnist has called for a boycott of the song at the next game.

Let’s hope he finds himself sitting among a huge crowd of proud Americans, standing and singing with hands on their hearts.

Happy Birthday USA!

Source: Fox

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