Seems like Facebook, being such a visual medium, is good for a daily dose of outrage (or two).
When you use an image as powerful as the American flag it's easy to get noticed ... sometimes more so than you bargained for.
My initial reaction to a "flag flap" is always that of a police detective working a crime scene: what's the motivation and intent of the perpetrator?
As long as no disrespect is intended and no gross liberties are taken with the (unenforced) Flag Code, I'm quick to declare innocence.
So if a man who serves this great country of ours wants to wrap his newborn babe in an American flag, that works for me. Especially if the photographer is also a proud veteran.
I would much rather see him doing it than a two-bit politician wrapping himself in the flag as part of an orchestrated election campaign.
The all too typical Ivory Tower induced flag controversy in California, where students at UC Irvine voted to ban the American flag from their government offices, did bring on the shiver of deja vu.
Their left wing 20 point manifesto brands the American flag as representing "colonialism and imperialism" only to "serve as symbols of patriotism or weapons for nationalism."
Kind of like the UMass professor who strongly criticized the 29 commemorative American flags hanging in downtown Amherst on the night of September 10, 2001: "Actually, what the flag stands for is a symbol of terrorism and death and fear and destruction and repression."
Even without social media that quote, dubbed "The ill timed quote of the century" in a front page Wall Street Journal article, still managed to reverberate from sea to shining sea -- almost instantly.
29 commemorative flags are allowed to remember 9/11 once every 5 years on "milestone anniversaries." Next time up is 2016 -- the 15th anniversary
The irony of course is flag detractors oftentimes do their symbolic bid for attention at some obscure governmental meeting. But when the Chinese curse kicks in ("Be careful what you wish for") they dive under their desks and complain about all the negative feedback.
Lesson #1 about a most precious freedom our flag represents: The First Amendment is a two-way street.