Did Rep. Allen West Disrespect the U.S. Flag?
Matt | On 14, Jun 2011
Here it is .. Flag Day .. and we actually have some news about the damn U.S. flag. How ironic!
A blogger for the Broward-Palm Beach New Times has called Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) on the carpet for his recent misuse of the U.S. flag. West participated in a scuba diving mission with injured veterans and placed a U.S. flag in some coral reef on the sea floor. Well, that’s a no-no in the U.S. Flag Code, as the blogger correctly noted.
There are two areas of the U.S. Code that govern how West, and all of us, should respect the flag. They are in Title 36, Chapter 10, and state the following:
“The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.”
“The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.”
So .. no .. it’s not a major issue. You can’t knock the man for his patriotism, especially as a 22-year Army veteran. You just need to reconsider next time you want to make a floor mat or pieces of your next bikini out of the U.S. flag. It’s not a good look according to the U.S. Code.