I realize that the temper of our times is increasingly cynical, that Americans in growing numbers raise a skeptical eyebrow upon hearing the words "high ideals" and "elected office" in the same breath.
If you read the same newspaper stores I do, then you have seen the public opinion polls showing in what low repute we now hold the major branches of government.
It was an ordinance of liberty by the people, for the people.
That it meant, that it means, and, by the blessing of God, that it shall mean to the end of time! 1994 National Flag Foundations "Standard Bearer" Magazine.
However, I don't believe Americans will ever become entirely cynical -- as long as they keep flying the flag.
As a symbol of our republic and its institutions, our link to this country's past and to its future, the flag helps us keep in mind that the Founding Fathers created a durable and admirable system of government.
We fly it from tall poles in front of our businesses, from short poles in our front yards, from balcony railings in our condominium complexes.
We pin the flag on our jacket lapels and paste it to the windows of our cars and trucks.
Our Flag carries American ideas, American history and American feelings.
Beginning with the Colonies, and coming down to our time, in its sacred heraldry, in its glorious insignia, it has gathered and stored chiefly this supreme idea: divine right of liberty in man.