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Columnist, Sheila Moss, is humor writer from  Tennessee. She writes  a weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny things that happen to everyone.

   She has written for  the Daily News of Kingsport,   Griffin Journal, Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton Advocate,  and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. She has been published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks at Guidepost Books.  Her articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and other publications, both in print and online.

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Red, White, and Blue...

Red, White, and Blue

A strange affliction is sweeping the nation. It seems to manifest itself in a peculiar compulsion to display the colors red, white and blue. Nearly everywhere you go, you see people wearing these colors prominently. There are lapel pins, scarves, ribbons and neckties that look like the flag. The American flag has suddenly become a smash fashion accessory that is being worn everywhere.

If this isnít enough by itself, other strange phenomena seem to be taking place as well. Signs in front of numerous businesses spell out bizarre messages, such as "We Will Prevail" or "United We StandÖ Kids Eat Free." I even saw a billboard with a picture of the Statue of Liberty and no advertising. 

There are unusual full page newspaper ads, pictures of the American flag without any of the usual advertising hype. Indeed, there are American flags displayed everywhere you look these days: on flagpoles, in the windows of businesses, on homes, thumb tacked on office cubicles, on car antennas Ė even on fire engines which go screaming down the street with sirens blasting and the American flag flying in the wind.

Yes, we are afflicted with a severe case of what is commonly called "patriotism," i.e. love of country. Though the people of the U.S. may fight and argue among themselves, when threatened from outside they draw together to rally around the flag pole and support each other with visible symbols of their fierce loyalty to their country. Some even proudly display Old Glory alongside the flag of their favorite football team.

Iím telling ya, itís positively unbelievable! Why, the other day I saw a Confederate Flag flying at half-mast. Howís that for national unity? The National Anthem is playing on the radio every time you turn it on, even when the ballgames are canceled! I almost had to stand up and salute in the doctorís waiting room yesterday as strains of the Star Spangled Banner drifted in from the lobby!

Patriotic songs are suddenly big hits and celebrities and artists are rushing to the microphone to get in on the act. Patriotism, which was almost out of style for a while, is now the rage. Red, white, and blue without a doubt will be the fashion scheme of choice for this yearís fall fashion season. It has never been easier to be in style. If you donít have a T-shirt with a flag on front, you can buy one on nearly any street corner these days.

It used to be that no one mentioned God or prayer; it just wasnít cool to flaunt oneís religious beliefs. Someone might be offended. Nowadays, however, you canít even drive to the supermarket without seeing "God Bless America" everywhere. People seem to have re examined their values and changed their priorities. Suddenly the things that used to seem important donít really matter so much any more.

It is kind of nice to see people so enthusiastic. Itís like celebrating the Fourth of July every day with so many flags flying in the breeze and so much red, white and blue on display. Maybe I should go down to the local flag store and see if I can get a flag before they sell out again. They are selling out every single shipment that comes in! Maybe I should get two Ė one for my car Ė while Iím there? 

I feel a little flushed. Maybe if I hum a few verses of "America the Beautiful" it will help. This patriotism thing must really be contagious!

Copyright 2001 Sheila Moss


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