Why an FSM flag in the USA? Why in the front of my house? Why not an American Flag? Why not both on the same pole? Well, these are some of the questions that were raised when I posted a picture of the FSM flag in front of my house. Before going any further though, let me turn again to my friend Mrs Wikipedia for some interesting quotes: “The United States Flag Code establishes advisory rules for display and care of the national flag of the United States of America. It is Chapter 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code (4 U.S.C. § 1 et seq). This is a U.S. federal law, but the penalty described in Federal Law 18 USC Section 700 for failure to comply with it is not enforced. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Eichman that prohibiting desecration of the U.S. flag conflicts with the First Amendment right to freedom of speech and is therefore unconstitutional.” Take that for whatever it means to your specific situation.
Let me confess to you, I have no idea what the codes are for raising a flag anywhere in this world. I decided to put a flag pole in front of my privately owned property to display my love for my sports team, as you might have already guessed, the Oregon State Beavers for college and the PatriHawks in the NFL. The idea to put the FSM or USA flag was not in my initial plan. That just came because I have both flags for other reasons.
But I was not prepared for the reactions both on the web and in my neighborhood. Here is what Mike Lipai’s reaction, “There are rules about flying flags. USA might only allow the FSM flag to fly alone half staff to commemorate passing loved ones. Otherwise flying it full staff should be accompanied by a USA flag on a different pole with same or higher height….be careful, some time that can be an act of war. The American flag should be fly in a prominent way over another foreign flags on American soil.” Act of war? Hmmm. That’s sound harsh. USA might only allow? Really? On my property? Against my rights of Free Speech? Not so sure I can agree. But then I have been accused of being too progressive in my views.
Here’s what’s more interesting though is that my American neighbors were highly supportive and appreciative to learn about a new country. This morning my next door neighbor, a white dude in his 60’s, came to me and told me he loved the idea of having the Micronesian flag in my front yard so people can ask me about it and we can talk about it on a cup of coffee. He wants to know more about Micronesia and its interesting history and association with the United States of America. No one has called the FBI or the CIA or the local police, at least not yet. Hahahaha.
And Mr. Mike Lipai asked me a great question as a respond to my replies to his messages, “What are you saying then? That you have fought and conquer USA. You might think that you are innocently displaying that flag for what ever reason, but a true patriotic American is not gonna take that lightly. Just sharing what I know.” Interesting thoughts I might say. Conquering the USA? Hmmm. May be, my small property yeah. Hahaha. I think innocently displaying the flag is more appropriate. Hehehe.
I think displaying the FSM flag in front of my own property, my own PRIVATE property is my business and meant no harm to anyone, any nation or state. The 1st Amendment Rights of Freedom of Speech allows me, as a private citizen or resident to express myself, saying look I am from a beautiful country called Micronesia that has a flag that’s all blue with 4 shining stars. If you want to know more about it, please go to www.bing.com or www.google.com to look it up. Hey neighbors, look I am an FSM patriot! Wakakakakz…
Thank you everyone, especially Mr. Mike Lipai for your wonderful insights.