Am I Becoming Tribal? USA! USA! USA!

I will admit seeing Mexican flags waved and the American flag burned in protest to Trump giving a speech is mildly infuriating. Even after 9/11, I never was fully comfortable flying the American Flag. I definitley cried when I saw Saddam’s statues toppled on TV (later to discover was staged). So I’m not too sure where this emotion is coming from.

It’s one thing to have “Korean pride,” waving Korean flags during World Cup. Or perhaps on a “heritage” day. I still find both of those instances emotionally uninteresting. But that’s because I have such a burning desire and love for individual liberty and the immense human potential of Individualism over Collectivism. Korea represented to me while growing up a lot of nonsensical Collectivism, Patriarchy, Traditionalism, and ancestor worship. A whole lot of disapproving looks because I can’t speak Korean. Korean school and Korean church. Institutionalized torture toward any free thinking individualist entrepreneur.

So I’m not really sure what kind of message is being communicated with the Mexican flag. I’m trying to imagine what kind of state of mind I’d need to have to fly the South Korean flag and I hit a wall of contempt. But perhaps I’m projecting too much of myself on the protestors.

If I had to fly a flag to be proud of, it would be the flag of 1775 representing the stand for individual liberty and fight against tyranny. “DON’T TREAD ON ME.”

Perhaps where my anger comes from is the fact that I identify strongly with the Founding Fathers, and essentially disavow the Confucius values of traditional South Koreans. “Give me liberty or give me death!”

I suppose I would feel just as much contempt than if they were flying Socialist flags. It’s a similar feeling, but not quite the same. Unfortunately, the vast majority of illegals come over for a better life, and clearly understand what is the superior country.

Once again, I’m still left confounded by the Mexican flag waving. Ultimately, even the protestors find the US superior, otherwise they would move back to Mexico.