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'If Our Flag Could Talk'

By Clem McSpadden Modified: July 8, 2008 at 11:04 am •  Published: July 8, 2008

If our flag could talk, here is what she would say:

"I was born on the the 4th of July back in 1776, and

as they say out west, I was bred right.

My Father was the Bill of Rights and my Mother

the Declaration of Independence.

I am many things to many people, I AM AMERICA.

I am more than 200 million strong, and the ghosts

of those who died for me.

Ever since Betsy Ross sewed my first stars and stripes,

there have been trouble spots in this old world,

And I've always answered that call and stayed till

it was over — over there.

By so doing, I've left many of my finest young men (and women)

who made the supreme sacrifice to perpetuate

what I stand for.

I've left them in places like Iwo Jima, Tarawa,

Korea and Viet Nam, and more recently the Persian Gulf.

I'm a wheat field in Kansas and a cotton field down South.

I'm the Gold Gate Bridge and a wobbly legged calf

getting his first bit of nourishment from his Mama

in the rangeland of the west.

I'm old Freckles Brown riding a bull that had never been

ridden at the National Finals Rodeo, and the crack

of a bat at a World Series game.

I'm 300,000 churches where my people worship as they choose,

and the hushed voice of a choir in a cathedral.

I was born in Freedom and God willing in freedom I'll

spend the rest of my days.

May my people always have the strength, the integrity

and the courage to keep me free and a beacon of

hope for the free world.

Yes, that's what I would say if I could talk.

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