William Tecumseh Sherman may have asked Coloradans to “love, cherish and adore the flag” in 1889, as Cecily N. Zander wrote here in the Denver Post, but asking us to do the same in 2017 seems a bit much. We love and cherish our families, redundant as that may be. People adore their deities. Others seek adoration for themselves.
Adore the flag? I respect the flag as a symbol of our highest ideals, but despise that same flag when my fellow citizens brandish it like a weapon and spew hate for others while purporting to be patriots.
The flag represents all Americans, and I’m afraid we are not all adorable.