When we forget that the flag, traditions, and laws are in service to us as American citizens and not the other way around, we have lost our way. Flags and songs don’t deserve my blanket respect or allegiance. Such blind allegiance is more North Korean-esque than American. Furthermore Jesus called us not to put our faith in idols. That is true even when, especially when, the idols are ones that we like.
Instead of being more “classy” and “respectful” we owe it to America to be well…American. That means we need to challenge the system more. We need to get rid of unnecessary regulations that limit us in enterprise in the same way we need to rid ourselves of unnecessary regulations that act to limit equality for all of our citizens. In this way we we make our democracy better. It’s through our protest that we honor our veterans and our forefathers.