I came across this video this evening and had a range of thoughts going through my mind. I think this fully embodies the phrase, “People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” — George Orwell. I am a huge proponent of free speech. I think all speech should be allowed, of course that doesn’t mean all speech is necessarily worth listening.
I think that these clowns have every right to hang the flag upside down because nothing screams predictable hipster and edginess like buying a $30.00 flag from Wal-Mart only to burn it. As I look at this video, I am remind out how utterly out of shape I am. The dude in the green shirt nearly ran those two down. It probably helped that the getaway vehicle looked like what hippies ride to class in on a campus that’s barely a mile wide in circumference.
Needless to say, I don’t agree with these Marines running these guys down, however, I am also a proponent of adaptability and survival skills. Nothing says, “I want to die” like waving an upside down flag in front of some passionate and still in-shape Marines. I do not know the background of these guys, and this video could be totally bogus for all I know, but I would find it difficult to exercise restraint if, after I had bullets shot at my head and watched my brothers die, I stumble across some dopes disrespecting the symbol of my country.
If I were a judge and these guys would have given the beating I think these twerps deserve, I would have to give them community service and probation… after I buy them dinner.