I was about 7 years old at the start of World War II. I recall a conversation with some of my buds. If someone was to walk on the American flag, they would be shot dead. Throughout my early life when the flag appeared on the Movietone news in theaters, the audience would cheer and applaud and sometimes sing the national anthem.

Then in the 1960s, I attended some meetings of the John Birch Society. I was appalled at the amount of hate being spewed while people wrapped themselves in the American flag. Today I feel that the American flag no longer represents American ideals. It has simply become a trademark of Republicanism.

Unless we can overcome the current wave of conservative hate and philosophy, the American ideal of liberty and justice for all is dead.

Bob Neale

Salt Lake City