Tuesday, June 3, 2008

THE FLAG DEBATE - VETERANS VERSUS A DISCRETIONARY CODE

I know I am going to hear a lot about my comments about the flag. So lets begin with the Texas Flag Code which goes against what I said.

§ 3100.055. Display on Flagpole or Flagstaff With Flag of United States

If it is necessary for the state flag and the flag of the United States to be displayed on the same flagpole or flagstaff, the United States flag should be above the state flag.

If the state flag and the flag of the United States are displayed on flagpoles or flagstaffs at the same location:

the flags should be displayed on flagpoles or flagstaffs of the same height;

the flags should be of approximately equal size;

the flag of the United States should be, from the perspective of an observer, to the left of the state flag;

the flag of the United States should be hoisted before the state flag is hoisted; and

the state flag should be lowered before the flag of the United States is lowered.

Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 1420, § 7.001, eff. Sept. 1, 2001

Years ago, I believe in San Angelo or some other West Texas town this issue came up. The Veterans fought hard and won the issue. The Texas flag would fly lower than the US flag. The Texas Flag Code is only that a code. No one is going to be charged with violating the law if they fly the US flag higher than the Texas Flag.

You will note on a pole the Texas Flag comes down first, and the US flag goes up first. A recognition of its superiority. I suspect Pat Almighty will stand on the Texas Flag Code and leave things as they are. But then he never served in the military and never demonstrated a willingness to take a bullet for this country. Cities and municipalities have recognized this problem within various state Flag Codes around the country. Cities with respect for those who have died in service to this country have taken the step of flying the US flag higher than the state flag.

How this city commission responds to this issue will send a very clear message to all veterans, and to the families who have lost loved ones in the various wars and conflicts since the time of the founding of this country.

So lets see if this city commission stands on a discretionary code, or the honor of those who have died in defense of this country.

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