A reader called in to ask for an editorial urging everyone to fly their American flags Tuesday, in honor of those who died six years ago in the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.
A lot has happened since then, and in the eyes of many people, the United States has used up the good will it garnered that bleak day. And not everyone -- an increasing number of "not everyone" -- here and abroad cares for what this country has done, using Sept. 11, 2001, as a justification or an excuse.
All the more reason to fly the flag, which represents not only those who believe whatever the United States does is OK, but those who don't and are nonetheless loyal, or at least a friend. It stands for the right to agree with whatever George W. Bush has done, and it stands for the right to say he's wrong, and the country needs to change its attitude and direction. It stands for my-country-right-or-wrong, and it stands for the idea that dissent is not the same as disloyalty.
Contradictory? Deal with it.
And it stands for the day when, faced with the flames and death and horror, we rallied as one, and the civilized world rallied with us in defiance of those whose only act of expression is to destroy.
Plenty of reasons Tuesday to fly the flag. Pick the one that suits you (how much more American can you get?) and, by all means, fly it.