It was with great sadness that I read of the recent passing of respect for symbols of American tradition and pride. It would be of no great surprise that some elements of society have hastened the demise of a love for our country, but when Joetopia delivers the eulogy, and uses The Tribune as his platform, it truly sinks in just how fractured of a country we now live in (“Here’s how to be a true patriot,” Feb. 12).
Joe Tarica’s bold pride in the fact that he grew up never saying the Pledge of Allegiance speaks volumes, but the admission that he volunteers in his daughter’s classroom once a week is disturbing. Rather than quietly pursuing his disdain for the symbols of our nation’s history, he advocates for their removal and proclaims some pro-American songs make him gag.
But why, Tarica? What did this country do to you? The symbols merely provide a common ground for others to gather around and express their mutual feelings. Not unlike a team jersey or a religious artifact, these items were meant to bring like-minded people together.
When one group looks down upon another’s closely held symbols, you have the beginnings of prejudice and (dare we say) you are nearing the dreaded territory of “hatred.”
Possibly it is the fact that avowed leftists don’t have any particular symbols of their own that leads them to denigrate the trappings of others.
In any case, I respect Joetopia’s right to speak his mind, but I draw the line at his rude attitude toward others who don’t think his way. Let us respect in our own way, hold your own beliefs to yourself and you won’t hear back from us. It was what the American flag was made to represent!
James Fritsche has lived in San Luis Obispo County for 12 years and is a Paso Robles business owner.