Over the weekend US president Donald Trump went on public quest to get fired National League Football players who refuse to stand during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner, calling it a sign of disrespect to the country and its banner.
But kneeling isn’t the only way Americans mistreat their flag and anthem. Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8. of the US Code, called “Respect for the Flag,” spells out the dos and don’ts when it comes to the national symbol. Like another section of the US Code, which describes the proper behavior during the singing of the national anthem—“all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart”—the “Respect the Flag” portion is a guide. There isno federal punishment for violating it.
Here are a few other things Trump ought to do to get Americans to respect the honor of the flag:
Take the flag off apparel
Tell his supporters to stop wearing MAGA caps that have American flags on them. According to code, the “flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.” That would seem to include those Make America Great Again, or MAGA, caps worn by many Trump supporters.