Old Glory: McDaniel’s Error

It is one of the most precious emblems of freedom in the world; the embodiment of our spiritual heritage; the representation of our historical sacrifices for liberty; a tribute to the men and women who gave the ultimate price for freedom: the American flag. Yet today it is cheapened—nay, mocked—as an attention-getting political device upon which Wayne McDaniel, candidate for Hardin County Judge, hangs his offensively-placed campaign signs.

Wayne McDaniel's disrespectful use of the American flag as an attention-getting apparatus to hold political signs.

Wayne McDaniel’s disrespectful use of the American flag as an attention-getting apparatus to hold political signs.

Old Glory, as it is sometimes called, is more than just a piece of cloth. It is blood, sweat, toil, and tears, justice, freedom, equality, and loyalty: no matter who is in the White House and no matter what party controls Congress, the American flag still represents these sacrifices and ideals—something that cannot be changed.

Respecting the flag sometimes seems silly, perhaps even trivial. However, flag etiquette is far from arbitrary: when the flag is displayed or handled, it is the physical representation of America and lives lost in its defense. That is something easily understood, and hopefully, easily remembered.

Occasionally our flag is disrespected or burned: a deliberate show of hatred not necessarily against America, but what the flag historically stands for. Occasionally the flag is forgotten outdoors: usually a careless misunderstanding or apathy. Occasionally the flag is misused, as it is made to represent ideals that it does not, parties that it cannot, or people that it is not meant to represent.

This is why Wayne McDaniel is wrong.

The flag code (Title 4, United States Code, Chapter 1, Section 8, i) bars the use of advertisements on a flag pole or halyard that is flying the American flag, which is one reason why McDaniel is inconsiderate in his using the flag’s halyard as a mere campaigning contrivance.

Hoisting McDaniel’s cheesy red and white campaign signs to the same halyard as Old Glory is false advertising. McDaniel’s sign does not represent blood, war, and courage. It does not stand for justice and freedom. The white outlines of the letters do not stand for purity. Most of all, it does not, and cannot, stand for America. Likewise the American flag does not represent the McDaniel campaign.

McDaniel’s breach of flag etiquette may have been unintentional, but it takes only common sense to understand that using the flag for advertising purposes is improper. McDaniel, a bureaucratic administrative officer in the Sheriff’s office, should understand flag protocol, making his disregard of etiquette even more blatant and appalling.

On election day, remember: the flag represents the blood of soldiers, the courage of patriots, God’s justice, America’s blessed freedom, and a special sort of governmental purity that is hard to remember and even harder to live up to. Make sure that your vote reflects what our flag represents.

About Rachel Clark

Rachel hoards office supplies, has 12.5 hours of Bach on her iPod, and occasionally forgets her own name. Other than that she's a normal person who likes to write.
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  1. I was at HEB when I first saw the flag being set up. I had no idea what was going on. I thought perhaps they were putting up a new flag near the chamber, so I watched for a little while. When the flag was finally up, I thought, “How big and beautiful!” Then I saw the flag was only attached to some sort of crane truck and just coming into view was a hanging advertisement. And thought, “How tacky!” Needless to say, it is a terrible use of the flag and what it stands for and yes, I was offended by it being used in such a way.

  2. I’m sorry but do you not have anything better to do with your time than write this ridiculous post? I love the flag and every single thing it stands for. Looks to me like Wayne is just a proud American!!! Beautiful picture by the way!

    • You do not get the point. (i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkin or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown

  3. I agree wholeheartedly with this write up! McDaniel seems to have no regard for our nation and liberty or our flag.

  4. Yes!! A hundred times yes!!! Two thumbs up on this article!

  5. I find McDaniel’s campaign tactics offensive and Un-American. Our flag doesn’t represent this political campaign.

  6. Hahahahaha! so tacky I had to see a picture to believe it. Good grief.

  7. My gosh, who does this guy think he is? Down with McDaniel!

  8. Wow, this is embarrassing … Sure hope he doesn’t win.

  9. So blah, I find this campaign disgusting

  10. This changed my mind about McDaniel. I know who Im going to vote for!!!

  11. Ugh … Just more filth coming from the Mcdaniel camp … What else can we expect

  12. I’ve never seen this side of politics! Goodness, it gets shameful and more shameful. This almost looks like a democrat tactic, shaming the flag and using it to hang a sign on. So, I think I decided who has my vote!

  13. My word this is so disrespectful I never would have that Wayne would do this, I think this is wrong. My family members have fought and died so this flag could fly over this land, and “team Wayn” just acts like its a sign-holding thing that just happens to be colorful and large and noticeable. Shame on Wayne, shame on his camp. Truly nauseating. Our founding fathers and our patriot martyrs for freedom are probably rolling over in there grave … Wayne is using a flag to show off his goofy sign

  14. Earlyvoter for Wayne

    I don’t see a problem with this at all. Flag etiquette=stupid. Lumberton Outpost=idiotic. It’s just a fabric banner with WAY TOO MUCH SENTIMENT ATTACHED. if you want to attack Wayne don’t attack him because he doesn’t listen t you and your dum flag manners. Get over it, kid.

    • (i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkin or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown

    • Using words like kid, stupid, dum(b), and idiotic to validate your reasonings is never a good tactic and it sounds like a toddler rant on the playground. That’s like a little child saying, ‘You are a stinky poopy-head and I’m taking my toy and going home!’. lol!

  15. (f) The flag should be displayed in or near every polling place on election days.

    • Yes, indubitably, but when flag etiquette is considered, you do not break one rule to follow another.

    • There are flags flying at that location everyday. It is the Chamber, Library and city offices. So this was just a tacky campaign tactic and nothing more. I cant believe he had the nerve to hang his name from the flag.

  16. I know if you ever get into politics this is one vote you can bet you won’t get.

    • One of my favorite quotes is from Winston Churchill: “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”

    • But I bet she gets tons of others 😉 She is extremely intelligent and well spoken for a young woman of her age.

    • Well she has my vote. She is very intelligent young lady and seems to get it more than most politicians and adults. Planning a senate or house run anytime soon? You have my vote

  17. Lol. You people are ridiculous. I guess the murder cover up garbage didn’t play into y’all’s antics so y’all have to bring in the American flag? Get a life. You play to win; however you play to win by ethical costs. David has searched far and wide to bash Wayne’s character and beliefs but as of now has only made himself look dumb or perhaps more dumb. David you’re a little boy and you and your supporters have a lot of room to grow. Terminate the dirty politics and take the loss. You can’t win everything. It’s terrible that my 6 year old daughter has more class than you. You people ask “What can Wayne do next”? Well let’s see, he can continue to run a honest campaign and not play into the rock-slinging. It’s weird that no one has brought up the fact that David, who proclaims to be a senior law enforcement officer (joke), military award winner, pro-life guru, 2nd amendment activist, conservative Christian had the nerves and lack of respect to get into our current County Judges face and dare him to hit him. David is a typical kid who has got everything he wanted and because he can’t have (voted in) the County Judge position, he has to resort to all this 4th grade tactics. Grow up!!

    • Can you all tell that I am just having too much fun with all these comments?!? After reading this one, I am wondering which person needs to do the most growing up.

    • The blog post does not mention David. You liked her previous article. Did you read the article about Senator Cruz or the one titled 1998? Very intelligent young lady

  18. You’re just a little kid and I hope you fail at everything you do. You don’t know anything about flag etiquette anyway.

    • Oh yes, and you know so much more about flag etiquette than she does and you are so much more of an adult than she is…your words totally proved that- smh. That’s like telling someone, you are a little meany-head. Very adult-ish – lol!

    • That was rude. I think she is an exceptional young lady that is not afraid to speak out.

  19. How revolting that Wayne McDaniel and his supporters think that this is just “nothing” and that anybody who doesn’t agree with them should “get a life.” I, for one, disagree with dishonoring the flag. Every pro-McDaniel comment has already forgotten what the author pointed out, that the flag is the physical representation of lives lost in defending America and its ideals. You go get a life, McDaniel people, get a better one than you have now. Quit defending and endorsing this distasteful marketing.

  20. LOL … I would totally vote for you if you ever ran for office! :) awesome article

  21. McDaniel is offensive. I don’t live in Lumberton, but I do live in HArdin County. I know who I’m going to vote for.

  22. Shame on McDaniel!! You won’t see me voting for him anytime soon!!!

  23. Before I state my opinion on this article, let me give a brief personal history. I am a retired US Army Sergeant First Class and served on several Color Guard details during my career. I have read the Flag Code several times and consider myself familiar with it. I don’t reside in Hardin County and don’t have a pony in this race.
    I have read the article twice and the comments posted stating opinions on both sides of the issue. What I have not read in any of these is anyone stating that they have contacted Mr. McDaniel or his campaign regarding the issue. It would be prudent for an unbiased reporter or publication to do so prior to publishing such an article. You may find that Mr. McDaniel is simply unaware that this display is not in compliance to the Code and may receive an apology and a promise to correct the issue.
    Another issue which was not addressed in the article is that according to Facebook comments I read about this, the flag is displayed at night with the campaign sign being illuminated but not the flag. This also may be simply a misunderstanding of the Code.
    I suggest you contact the candidate’s campaign prior to mud slinging in the future as this entire article smells to me to be politically motivated.

    • Actually, several of acquaintances and friends contacted and confronted McDaniel. He ignored them and continues to ignore them.

    • Since the McDaniel supporters have been threatening to anyone that speaks out against them she declined speaking to them. However some other people did approach them and they were hostile.


    • This is an article about the flag and the respect it deserves not David Bellow. We are very upset to see our American Flag treated like that. Our family has been in the military and some have given all. We know young people that are serving in the military and they are supposed to salute the flag while in uniform. It would be demeaning to salute a flag with a political sign on it. A price was paid for this country and to fly the flag.

    • You may be on the wrong website. Bellow isn’t mentioned in this article.

    • Don’t worry Jeff. I’m sure you’re used to “loosing” by now. It will be easy for you when McDaniel looses.

  25. First off he can do what he pleases the flag is at the top point I see no disrespect goin on he can do what he pleases if that’s what he won’ts to do he can there is nothin wrong with this picture or what he is doin

  26. Will you also be doing an article on why Mr. Bellow continues to refer to himself as a “Federal Law Enforcement Officer” when he was actually employed as a Federal Corrections Officer?? I work along side actual Federal Law Enforcement Officer – US Marshal, ATF, DEA, sometimes FBI..DHS”…those guys are actual Federal Law Enforcement Officers…Its disrespectful to those professionals to pretend to be one of them when you clearly were not.

    You gonna interview Bellow about that?
    Didnt think so…

  27. Read all of the code about the flag. It’s not to be used as advertisement in any manner whatsoever. And David bellow uses it on campaign banners, clearly as an advertisement. ****, Drive through town and you will see at least a dozen violations of flag etiquette. And this is the one y’all choose to write about. Give it a rest. Everyone is wrong here.

  28. i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.

  29. No offense to anyone here, but just plain out attacking someone’s character because of a flag just shows how childish you are.
    I realize it is a symbol of all our families and ancestors have gave up for the country but do you really think they would want us arguing over something so trivial.
    The country is free and we are free. That is what they wanted stop making problems where they do not exist. You want to honor and respect them? Then don’t act like a spoiled teenager who doesn’t get their way.
    For starters, if you have a problem contact him yourself otherwise you know nothing but what people have told you. What is the old saying? “Believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see”
    It is a free country and, though, it may be disrespectful to you or myself to do this does not mean it should not be allowed.

  30. I agree with this article. The flag has been dishonored and abominably treated.

  31. I thought this was a very well written article by a very bright up and coming young lady on her opinion/reaction to the flag being displayed in such a manner. Regardless of how the individuals commenting feel, she is entitled to her opinions just as much as the commentors are to theirs. Belittling or making fun of her is very childish on those individuals parts and shows their lack of maturity in being able to discuss issues like adults. Furthermore, David Bellow is not part of this article, yet people seem to want to make it out to be about him. To that individual who said she should go interview him…for real? This is still a free country (for now) and as the author of her blog/site, I think she can focus and write about whatever or whomever she wants. I, for one, like the variety of issues she discusses. They are carefully thought out, well written, and quite humorous at times. Check out her circus post…no matter what side of the fence you are on or who you are voting for, she hit the nail on the head with that one! …Everyone vying for your attention, calling/yelling to you from every direction, food and souvenirs galore, not to mention all the colorful characters. Yes, that one was my favorite thus far :)

    • Thank you Pauline. No one noticed that she was invited to the press conference with Senator Cruz this week and broke the story before CNN or other news outlets.

  32. And my favorite post that she has written which is very thought provoking http://lumbertonoutpost.com//?s=1998

  33. Ok, youre just stupid. Its a flag, not somethign to be worshipped. Get over it.

    • Intellectual and thought provoking response. My friend’s son once called someone a stupid doodey-head…he was 3.

    • You not the brightest cookie in the bunch. The article did not say she worshipped the flag. I was at HEB shopping and all the people in the checkout line was talking about the sign being on the flag. This young lady was the only one to say something

  34. Polly your comments have us laughing so hard. That is the best comment so far

  35. Go Bellow! McDaniel is not only disrespectful to our flag, but disrespectful to his opponent and the nation’s veterans. I find it very disappointing that McDaniel would do this and on top of that, his supporters are rude. His supporters and his campaign also justify disrespecting the flag.

    I know who I’m voting for!

  36. Okay, never in my life have I seen a candidate willfully disrespect the flag (willfully because he now justifies it and refuses to stop after having been told already whats wrong!!)and then his supporters instead of saying that they like him except for this, they say that they back him “110%” and then tell us the flag is just a sentimental old rag. I don’t live in Hardin County, but now I’m glad I don’t. There’s a chance that this shameful candidate could become judge there.

  37. This is a slap in the face to veterans and members of the military. It’s an enormous sign of disrespect to our founders and our heritage! Why won’t McDanel realize this? Some judge. “HONESTY and INTEGRITY” don’t mean anything. I’ve heard people say that they’ve never told a lye before and it didn’t mean anything because they were lying when they said it. Wayne and his cronies aren’t fit for county office and theyre lying through their teeth when they tell us that he’s the only candidate with “HONESTY and INTEGRITY.”

  38. OK, I saw this flag and I thought at the time that it was pretty until I saw the goofy sign dangling off the bottom of the halyard. Distasteful!

  39. Wow! I do not have a ‘horse’ in this race, but after reading these comments I must say something, and I am going to. Whether or not you agree with what was written is beside the point in my humble opinion. Here you have a teenage girl, a young lady WILLING to take a stand for what she believes in. WILLING to write about it, and does so, and some of you are attacking her? Telling her to grow up? I beg to differ, she appears to be more grown up than many of us. I am absolutely amazed. How about taking a moment and asking yourself how exciting it is to see a young person willingly do that? How about taking a moment to pray for our young people that they should not only have the desire to take a stand, but to lay it out in writing. I, am proud of you Rachel Clark, very proud. You are a godly young lady, and you have courage beyond measure. You are wise beyond your years, and your love and knowledge of politics will bless many. Onward with your writing, and most importantly onward with your courage to stand.

  40. I am seriously worried about a lot of you. Sure Wayne made a mistake, but is it enough to counter balance the garbage put out buy Bellow and his supporters? I come from a family where we believe in America. Having had my grandfather father and brother all serve, I have understood since I was 4 years old not to let the flag touch the ground and the reason why. I do not disrespect our flag because I do not want my family and friends disrespected. Wayne flying the flag was in no way aimed to disrespect anyone.. In fact both my father and brother liked the flag. You people say Wayne is running a filthy race? Where have you been. Do you not get the mail? Seriously you amaze me that you could be that ignorant unless someone paid you do say it, not making any claims just saying that you have to be incompetent to believe what you wrote. Do your research and if nothing more, open your eyes … Please

  41. Rachel, let me first commend you on your interest in politics, at the age of 15! I attribute this to being taught (at home) the importance of maintaining this great nation and all that has been fought for, up till now.
    Secondly, you are so right about this! Who in the world uses the flag to hang a campaign sign?!!!

    What an embarrassment and total breech of etiquette.

    Furthermore, keep your eyes focused on TRUTH, not on those who call names, throw insults, and try to demean what you are doing here.

    I’m proud of you!

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