Well, not to sound contrary, because I do believe in displaying the American flag, but I'm going to do a bit of the devil's advocate work here.
There was a time when the American flag was displayed with something akin to reverence. Then came 9/11, and everybody and his brother began to display the flag. That's all well and good, but where did the reverence go?
I still see countless people speeding along the highways with a small, cloth flag on their car, whipping in the seventy-mile-per-hour wind, and being shredded and tattered by this display of patriotism. Patriotism? Really? To punish that flag until it's a tattered wreck?
I see "patriots" on the news reports, draped in an American flag, or even taking that flag, and turning it into a piece of clothing. The U.S. Flag Code
clearly states that the flag is not to be worn as clothing. It's a sign of disrespect.
I see people who fly their flag night and day, with no illumination at night, also a no-no according the Flag Code. If you plan to fly the flag 24/7, then during night time hours, it should be illuminated.
I'm all for flying the flag, but let's show some respect when we do so.
As for the content of the OP, I agree - a small flag on a kid's bike should be allowed by anyone, anywhere, but at the same time, I think our kids need to be taught true respect for the flag.
Edited by MelissaPleases, 21 November 2010 - 08:33 AM.