I, ever since my teens, have REFUSED to do something if I have no idea for the reason behind it. This is not a case of simple adolescent rebellion. This is self-preservation, as this is why I can think for myself.
One thing which amazes me is how people know very little about the history of the American flag. They have no idea how it’s SUPPOSED TO BE folded, WHY you don’t fly it at night (unless a light shines on it), or that the soldier’s hat from the Revolution is WHY it’s folded into a triangle. They also have no idea that, upon flying it at half-staff, you raise it at full-staff at noon. FURTHERMORE, the PROPER WAY to put it at half-staff is to erect the flag at full-staff FIRST and THEN lower it to half.
This is something which I was taught from my old man, who was in the military in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He was on one of the C-130s in October of 1962 when President Kennedy had decided to take the missile sites out, since Nikita Khruschev had refused to do so up to that point in time.
I learned all of this before I was eight-years-old, so I really think that conservatives need to shut up about flag etiquette. Take your Lee Greenwood bullshit and shove it up your ass.
By the way, it is legal to burn it as a sign of protest: Supreme Court decision Texas v. Johnson, 1989. Hence, I can burn it right in front of Jeff Sessions and that racist hick can’t do shit to me-just like his arrest of the woman who laughed at him has been expunged (source: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/07/14/woman_has_conviction_for_laughing_at_jeff_sessions_overturned.html).
My suggestion to the right-wing scumbags among us is to treat every American equally. People won’t burn an American flag if they don’t have a reason to do so, so stop giving people a reason to burn the flag. After all no one ever died for a piece of cloth. What they died for was the right to discuss this issue.