Last week, Americans celebrated their, 4th of July, independence day. They treat this day with joy and pride. The 4th of July is a day Americans stop their common hard working ethics to celebrate their success. It is the day they pay tribute to their liberty and the Bill of Rights, “which guarantee a number of personal freedoms, limit the government’s power in judicial and other proceedings, and reserve some powers to the states and the public.” [Wikipedia]
The 4th of July festivities include four main activities:
- A day off,
- Display American flags,
- Family outdoor activities including BBQ, and
- Fireworks display
Unlike Jordan and many other Arab countries business owners in the U.S. need not display the American flag if they don’t wish to. Also, I have never seen any picture of G. W. Bush or Barack Obama hanged on any public office’s wall. In Middle East, the picture of the king or president must be hanged in every faculty member’s office in all universities. And no faculty member dare to opt out. I remember in Jordan that cities’ municipalities force business owners to hang a sizable flag in front of their stores.
But what does the flag of a country mean or represent?
What happens to the flag physically, symbolically, it is always protected by bill of rights. So we are allowed legally to do this [burn the flag] and it is okay because even though the flag is gone, the bill of rights remains.
This was a statement from the following interesting Penn & Teller clip:
The clip raises an interesting point that showing patriotism is not by displaying the flag rather it is what we do to comply with the Bill of Rights. There is nothing wrong with displaying the flag but the flag comes second to the country’s constitution. Something that unfortunately we, Jordanians, fail to recognize.
Here are some pictures of this year 4th of July celebration in Columbia, MO.