Revisiting Flag Retirement & The Declaration of Independence
Jay M. Thal (Jay_M._Thal@HUD.GOV)
Thu, 6 Jul 1995 11:02:16 EST
Revisiting the Flag Retirement thread.
A great advantage of living in the District of Columbia, and
being part of the NCAC, are the resources available for
The Library of Congress had a four day exhibit, to celebrate
July 4, called: "Declaring Independence". Included, in
Jefferson's own hand, were a first time public showing of a
fragment of a draft from the Declaration which never made it
into the final, and a complete early draft with edits by
Franklin and Adams.
Fortunately they didn't have wordprocessors, and had linen
paper, so we can see how the Declaration was formed.
The current rush to amend the Constitution with regard to
"desecration" of the Flag, and last month's thread
regarding the contentiousness of Flag Retirement, by some,
leads to a rereading of the Declaration of Independence:
"Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long
established should not be changed for light and transient
causes; and accordingly all Experience hath shewn, that
Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while Evils are
sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the Forms
to which they are accustomed."
Our founding fathers recognized that too often we may be
wont to correct folly with folly. Following the Flag Day
and July 4th celebrations, it would be of interest to hear
of the resolution(s) of the Flag Retirement ceremonies, and
what "Experience hath shewn,..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City