us a flag under blue sky First, chivalry died, then civility, ethics, morality, and gratitude came tumbling after, straight into the divisive 2020s, not just applauded by millions, but promoted, too, even on the 4th of July.

*** U.S. track and field, hammer throwing Olympic bronze medal winner Gwen Berry turned her back on the American flag as she stood on the podium. She later said she’d been “blindsided by the playing of the national anthem,” and then then went on to add, “I feel like it was a setup, and they did it on purpose. The anthem doesn’t speak for me. It never has…”

About that said Biden’s press secretary Jan Psaki, “He [Biden] would say, of course, that part of that pride in our country means recognizing there are moments where we–as a country–haven’t lived up to our highest ideals, and it means respecting the right of people, granted to them in the Constitution, to peacefully protest.”

*** Said Missouri House Democrat Cori Bush: “When they say that the 4th of July is about American freedom, remember this: The freedom they’re referring to is for white people. This land is stolen land, and Black people still aren’t free.”

Among the responses, this from Washington Times editor Jay Caruso: “You’re an elected member of the United States House of Representatives. You’re not only free, you’re one of the privileged. Have some self-awareness.”

*** Singer Macy Gray, in an op-ed piece for Market Watch, wrote this about the American flag: “… Like the Confederate [flag], it is tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect. It no longer represents democracy and freedom. It no longer represents ALL OF US. It’s not fair to be forced to honor it. It’s time for a new flag.”

Pushback followed, such as this Tweet: “Macy Gray should recognize that the Flag she wants to replace was the Flag that these soldiers died under while trying to free African-American slaves from Democrats.”

*** 100-meter dash Olympics trials winner Sha’Carri Richardson received a one-month suspension after testing positive for THC, the “primary psychoactive cannabis compound.”

Said Biden: “The rules are the rules, and everybody knows what the rules were going in. Whether they should remain that way is a different issue. But rules are rules, and I was really proud of the way she responded,”

*** In mid-June, CNN welcomed the return of legal analyst Jeffrey Tobin, who’d previously been fired from The New Yorker for masturbating during an October Zoom call with colleagues.

His defense: “… I didn’t think I was on the call. I didn’t think other people could see me.”

*** Actress Emilia Clark—Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s Game of Thrones—has penned a comic book, M.O.M.: Mother of Madness. Its main character, Maya, is, Clark explains, “a single mum that gets s**t done,” her powers coming from her menstrual cycle.

*** Songster/actor Demi Lovato earlier this year Instagrammed that gender reveal parties “divert from reality” and are “transphobic” and based on “the illusion that genitals [equal] gender and that there are only two options, boy or girl.” She then added that, “Individuals should decide their gender, not society or biology, asserting that “biological facts are a cultural myth.”

Meanwhile, during a Vogue interview Lovato said that she’s ashamed she’s white, sharing the same skin color as those who killed Black people.

*** 2020 Billboard Woman of the Year Cardi B, touted as a role model for women and girls, says, “I like justice. But I also like popping my p***sy.” And, before her “explicit” song WAP, 2021 Grammy’s host Trevor Noah warned the audience, “If you have small children in the room, just tell them it’s a song giving a cat a bath.”

For those who missed the show, at one point, Megan Thee Stallion appeared with the singer “on a massive bed, crawling and intertwining their legs, as they danced together.”

Post Grammy’s, Variety Magazine cheered her “message of sexual empowerment,” while CNN crowed about her “sex-positive performance.”

Approve? Disapprove? Whatever your opinion, there can be no doubt that the Puritan ethic is long dead too, as even back in 2018, a Gallup poll found that:

  • 49% said the state of moral values in the U.S. is “poor.”
  • 37% said those values are “only fair,” while…
  • 14% said they’re actually “excellent” or “good.”

With thanks, Carol