Our Flag Is Still There

I’ve been dubious about The National Anthem and our flag, for several years now…having been stunned to learn the Anthem’s racists verses (the ones we never sing…) and having been deeply impressed by the “Take a Knee” movement regarding the flag.

(“America The Beautiful,” and This Land…” are both better choices, imho…)

But this morning, as Lady Gaga sang “…our flag was still there,” as her voice crescendoed upward, she turned and looked upward too…and gestured toward the actual flag flying over the actual Capitol Building. I have also just now realized, looking for the video, that several networks missed the moment! Here’s the best video I’ve found. (check out the 2:10 mark and following…)

I am sure I am not alone when my thoughts quickly flashed to two weeks ago…
…as a Confederate battle flag waved through our Capitol Building (for the first time in history…)
…as insurrectionists tried to take down the American flag, and put up a Trump flag.

But my also thoughts flashed to today…
…as Women, Blacks, and South Asian Americans are now forever folded in to the very heights of executive power for the first time in our history.

All of this flashed before my eyes,this happened, as Gaga sang and gestured. I fell into heaving tears.

“My God…our flag is still there…” and…

“My God…it almost wasn’t….” and…

“My God…that all REALLY HAPPENED, just two weeks ago…”

President Biden later said “Democracy has prevailed.”

Years from now — when we read those words — we must never forget that “Democracy has prevailed” was no hollow rhetorical flourish.

This is literal truth. For a few horrific hours, this was an open question. But, Democracy has prevailed.

And as tarnished as the legacy of our flag is — as genuinely dubious as the Anthem always will be — that flag is more “our flag” today than it’s ever been in the 200-plus year history of our nation.

This day was both symbol, and embodiment, of the hard work before us all, still.

But, thank God.
Democracy has prevailed.

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

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