The Maddox Law Firm, LLC

Women's Soccer and why we're so emotional about the American flag

You can say almost anything that you want in the United States of America. You can say and write words and communicate thoughts with almost limitless freedom.

Our nation's protection of speech and communication is one of most resonating, siren calls of our country's freedom in even the most remote regions of Planet Earth.

At no time is that freedom more important than when people, political groups and elected officials, including presidents, aggressively and sometimes deafeningly shout that their ideas of patriotism are bigger, better and just plain "righter".

Which leads me to the U.S. Women's soccer team. Why are we so emotional and quick to anger about one or more of that team members' attitudes and statements about the president and their conduct toward the U.S. flag?

The reason is because they remind us that despite how truly extraordinary our country, our Constitution and our system of laws are, our nation remains rife with shortcomings, injustice, and suppression of women, minorities, various gender identities and the poor.

We live in a time that is marked by plummeting confidence in our traditional institutions: Congress, the presidency, the media and our courts.

If we want our flag to mean something. If we intend that the flag should be profoundly emblematic of our nation's espoused principles, then all of us, individually, must become the building blocks of a greater, reliable institution that is the United States of America.

That building begins with sincere listening, understanding, compassion and the courage to advocate for groups who are marginalized, confined from their potential, deprived of equal rights and equal pay.

The next time that you feel offended about another person's actions or inactions when you stand to pledge allegiance, instead of blame, ask yourself what you can do. What is your responsibility and what can you do where you live and where you work?

Advocacy begins with entering the conversation and story of the person whom others might criticize and silence. We must protect, advocate and defend - always.

Click here to view our video

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Discuss Your Legal Concerns With Our Team

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.



New Canaan Office
125 Elm St.
New Canaan, CT 06840

Phone: 203-457-3131
Phone: 203-972-5861
Fax: 203-972-5886
New Canaan Law Office Map

Bridgeport Office
1000 Lafayette Blvd
Suite 1100
Bridgeport, CT 06604

Phone: 203-457-3131
Phone: 203-332-4777
Fax: 203-972-5886
Bridgeport Law Office Map

Norwalk Office
40 Richards Avenue
Suite 3
Norwalk, CT 06854

Phone: 203-457-3131
Phone: 203-831-9771
Fax: 203-972-5886
Norwalk Law Office Map

Stamford Office
112 Prospect Street
Suite 3
Stamford, CT 06901

Phone: 203-457-3131
Phone: 203-323-8777
Fax: 203-972-5886
Stamford Law Office Map

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters.