Why I hate the Olympics and detest most gold-winning US team members………


  • The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing.

  • The flag should not be used as “wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery”

The flag should never be drawn back or bunched up in any way.

The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and members of patriotic organizations.

It should not be embroidered printed or otherwise impressed on……………….

The flag should never be displayed with the union (the starred blue union) down


About Gary Alexander

Volunteer coordinator for veterans support network in North Texas. Now retired from his private psychotherapy practice, I specialized in the diagnosis and treatment posttraumatic stress, working with victim assistance programs, veterans and the Veterans Administration for over 20 years. After being wounded in action in Vietnam, I was medically retired from the Marine Corps and know first hand many of the readjustment difficulties and psychological stresses experienced by today's OIF and OEF veterans. I am available, at minimal cost, to speak at your functions on several subjects including veterans issues, Vietnam, the Medal of Honor, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and critical incident debriefings.
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6 Responses to Why I hate the Olympics and detest most gold-winning US team members………

  1. Zagan says:

    I FULLY understand where you are coming from in this article. Being a U.S. Army disabled OIF Veteran myself, I feel just appalled to see things of this nature. Just to see the one of the many things that we gave our lives to fight for being used in this manner. I know you were in the corps, but we are ALL brothers. Semper Fi..

  2. Zagan says:

    You should check out my blog. I did a little piece on how us Disabled Veterans are NOT a disease..just fyi..

  3. I, for one, concur whole heartedly. The code, as we know it, has virtually become just another “rule” that does not apply to people who never defended what it stands for. You know, “rules”, that are quickly disregarded by the likes of our President, CIC and his infamous “Crotch Salute”. He should set the example, but nah, he’s cool, he’s the ONE. Could we expect much more from those athletes which are a product of a generation that “ME” and “I” totally replaced “WE”. I remember George Foreman waving the small flag when he took the gold in 1968. It was the hallmark of his success and he did it with respect and pride. Not only that, he did it when waving the flag was not in vogue. Actually, flag BURNING was the thing to do – what courage that took. How could they know any better today? I recently had to respectfully explain to a local school Superintendent the code or “rules” as WE know it. HE thought it was just fine to have the flag in front of the school lowered to half-staff for deceased teacher – FOR 4 DAYS! Again I ask, can we expect much more; when our educators never learned these basic “rules.”

    As a disabled Vietnam Vet who “GAVE SOME” and seen too many flag draped coffins of Brothers who GAVE ALL – it disgusts me too.

    Zagan, welcome home! Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

    Marine, Semper Fi, keep calling ’em as you see ’em.


  4. I lived in Colorado at the time, and had a lone, ongoing fight with the Columbine School principal Frank DeAngeles who lowered the flag at the school on May, 20, 1999, the day of the shooting and did not raise it until August 16, 1999, when that had some sort of program.

    I wrote, phoned, and asked for a brief meeting, zero response…. and was unable to get fellow craven vets or groups to join in.

    Seventy-five days…. on the sole authority of a do-nothing principal who violated the US Flag Code and worse…. didn’t have Harris and Klebold on his administrative radar despite myriad sobering indicators.

    The death of a sitting or former President rates 30 days, 10 days for the death of a sitting Vice-President,etc.); on Memorial Day the flag is half-staff until noon. A Medal of Honor does not rate the national colors being lowered unless the governor of his state so chooses.

    And for the record… from the Nov.-Dec. 1994 National Flag Foundations “Standard Bearer” Magazine.:

    “The US Flag Code is actually pretty clear, but confusion continues to occur. For example, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno ordered the American Flag flown at half-staff on all U.S. Department of Justice buildings, in honor of several DEA agents who had died.

    “While National Flag Foundation understands this gesture, the Flag Code does not give Attorney General Reno the authority to issue that order. Pittsburgh Mayor Tom Murphy ordered all flags flown at half-staff to honor the victims of a plane crash.

    “Here again, a well-intentioned gesture, but one for which no authority exists. NFF points out these “good-faith misunderstandings” not to criticize or embarrass anyone, but rather to head off a growing trivialization of this memorial salute, and to preserve the dignity and significance of flying the U.S. flag at half-staff.

    “We at the NFF grieve these human loses deeply; however, we believe proper respect for our flag must be maintained – no matter the circumstances.”

    Meanwhile… I see our Nationals colors are being draped like bath towels around the necks of the US winning millionaires Olympic team…….


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  6. Fred says:

    People died for the US flag it should be shown respect at all times. I am disgusted by those who use it as a towel to dry a sweaty body and drag it behind themselves like a rag. The US Olympic committee should reeducate athletes and enforce US flag codes. Provide flag poles so winners can wave it proudly and display the flag in a correct fashion.

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