Displaying The Flag

November 11th, 2006 by Andy in Viewer Commentary & Response

A viewer comments on a matter we have been contacted about before…

I was watching one of your shows online and I believe your American flag is being displayed incorrectly.

“When the flag is displayed in a manner other than by being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window it should be displayed in the same way, that is with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street. When festoons, rosettes or drapings are desired, bunting of blue, white and red should be used, but never the flag.”

I understand you are trying to defend the constitution on your show, but it doesnt help when you display the flag incorrectly.

Dear [Viewer],

You are absolutely correct about the correct display of flags against a wall. However, although it may not be obvious on TV, the flags we display in the studio when we produce the show ARE on staffs, which are mounted on metal frame towers to either side of the stage set. They are not against a wall or a backdrop, but are in the middle of open space. We are well aware of the point you are making about correct display of the flag, and we once had a phone call from a viewer about this subject. Thank you for your concern about this. However, we have not forgotten the lessons that every child should know from elementary school about proper and respectful display of the flag.

We hope that you find the information and perspective we present on the show helpful. Our main concern is democracy, and defending the principles of a democratic republic. We are working to promote the restoration of constitutional government and the expansion of the democratic rights of people (as opposed to the legal fiction of transnational corporations being considered people).

Thanks for your concern, for taking the time to express it, and for being courteous about it.

- Ed Lacy, USTV Media

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