Red, White, Blue, and Fat Yellow Lines

By Ralph Isenberg

During the Super Rally in Dallas of 2006 I was walking with my camera looking for a shot that would capture the spirit of the day. I looked down and saw a shinning American Flag. But the image was anything less than shinny. Instead the image magically revealed the state of affairs we find ourselves in.

Rather than a true reflection of our flag, the image revealed a yellow line that stated “Do Not Cross.” Yet, the entire flag is over the yellow line in acknowledgment that everything that is American came from over the border. The “red, white and blue” of our flag gave way to a flag that was red, black and blue as if there were death and pain in our current situation. One only has to think of the blood of those killed coming to American and the bruising that comes with not only coming to America but trying to stay here. Finally, the starkness of the pavement points out that us as a nation have nothing as long as there is a yellow line in place.

Flag Shadow by Ralph Isenberg

The words of Benjamin Franklin along with this image say it best; “Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”

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