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Philip Hoezel´s upside down flag
protest upsets neighborhood on
Veterans Day

WTSP.com [Tampa], by Staff

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Posted By:BaseballFan, 11/13/2012 10:19:01 AM

In a patriotic Florida neighborhood there´s one American flag that´s standing out on Veterans Day, but it´s also causing outrage amongst neighbors. "I figure if they can burn the flag, if they can spit on it, if they can put it down as a doormat, why can´t I fly it upside down?" says Philip Hoezel, a Fleming Island resident. Philip Hoezel says he served the Navy for seven and half years and is now using his first amendment right to express his dissatisfaction with last Tuesday´s election results. (Snip) "I think this country is in distress," says Hoezel.
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Like Mr. Hoezel, I followed the lead of a neighbor (we are both Cold War veterans) and flew my flag upside down for Veterans´ Day. I was sad to do it, but we are a nation in distress.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: NancyD, 11/13/2012 10:23:00 AM     (No. 9011113)

We are a nation in distress. The man has every right to fly the flag upside down.

The progressives/liberals burn the flag and they scream "free speech".



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Reply 2 - Posted by: Feebie, 11/13/2012 10:31:40 AM     (No. 9011149)

Tough!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: viking diver, 11/13/2012 10:39:17 AM     (No. 9011182)

we are long past flying our flags upside down.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: FL_Absentee_Voter, 11/13/2012 10:42:08 AM     (No. 9011189)

Godspeed, Mr. Hoezel.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: formerNYer, 11/13/2012 10:53:06 AM     (No. 9011224)

In 6-12 months there will be some serious "buyers remorse" in this country.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Keekng, 11/13/2012 10:53:42 AM     (No. 9011225)

As a veteran, I stand with Mr. Hoezel.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Garage Logician, 11/13/2012 11:16:34 AM     (No. 9011312)

Alefty acquaitance flew his flag upside down after W was elected, and again when W was re-elected. Though the guy had the right to do it, I thought he was a little kitty for doing it.

Apparently if you´re in real immediate physical distress or under duress and were only able to raise an inverted flag to alert others, no one would respond, concluding you´re just a disgruntled crank.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: OdinsAcolyte, 11/13/2012 11:17:27 AM     (No. 9011317)

Nobody can help us. We will not help ourselves.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: chumley, 11/13/2012 11:21:46 AM     (No. 9011336)

Rather than fly mine upside down, I replaced it with my state flag and put the Gadsden flag next to it. No US flag will fly at my house while that communist is in office.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: fljack, 11/13/2012 11:28:32 AM     (No. 9011361)

I fully agree with the rationale and support the right to do it.

However, I would rather not be targeted this early in the game and plan on keeping a low profile, but my powder dry.

I firmly believe that there is going to some ugly transitions coming, and I´d rather be prepared.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: lazlototh, 11/13/2012 11:30:03 AM     (No. 9011369)

This article is way overblown. The guy put a flag out upside down and the neighbors essentially commented that they wished he´d waited for a different day. They didn´t riot, threaten, or abuse him. I can see both sides of this - perhaps he shouldn´t have put it upside down on the day he did, and perhaps putting it upside down on the day he did made even more sense because of all that died to keep the country right side up. In other words, it´s not crazy though reasonable people might disagree on the approach, and that´s what the article essentially said.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 11/13/2012 11:32:48 AM     (No. 9011374)

The USA died on 11-6-2012.

Upside down and at half staff would be totally appropriate in my book...

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Cat Ballou, 11/13/2012 11:53:00 AM     (No. 9011422)

My husband said he´s going to get an American flag sticker & put it upside down in the car window.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: TexasHillCountry, 11/13/2012 12:38:16 PM     (No. 9011538)

I am a Vietnam era vet and have been flying ours upside down, except on July 4, for the last 4 years. Why not on July 4? Because I was hoping for a fresh burst of freedom on November 6, 2012.

The country we are getting is moving towards the sort every veteran served with the object of preventing.

11th Armored Cavalry
(Vietnam, 1967)
Allons!


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Reply 15 - Posted by: coldborezero, 11/13/2012 1:35:13 PM     (No. 9011673)

I fly the flag of my country: the flag of The Republic of Texas. I have not flown the flag of the Federal Overlords for four years. I probably will never fly it again.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: youngtexan, 11/13/2012 1:37:00 PM     (No. 9011680)

Yep. Fly the American Flag upside down except, Vets Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Tanker76, 11/13/2012 2:05:44 PM     (No. 9011731)

Been flying mine at half staff.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Dixie, 11/13/2012 2:17:12 PM     (No. 9011745)

I took my flag down upon Obama´s first questionable action (vested way too much power in unelected and unapproved "czars") and left it stored safely in my closet until the elections of 2010.
I took it down again once I knew the election results this year.
I hope the day comes when I might fly it again.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Pinchem, 11/13/2012 3:56:08 PM     (No. 9011928)

I remember all the folks who implored us to pray to God to guide us in this election, He will make things right, He will save this country, yada yada.

My response was it would do no good to just pray, that GOD had given us the tools to accomplish what we want but we were too lazy, or too dumb to see them, (or too busy praying) and didn´t use those tools. Consequently we lost.

Maybe next time we´ll pay attention to what we do have and not what we wish (pray) for. Get off our duffs, out from behind the computer and USE the tools He has already given us. Sometimes I think that is above the Comprehension Level of too many people.


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Reply 20 - Posted by: chance_232, 11/13/2012 10:06:09 PM     (No. 9012613)

I havnt flown the 50 star flag in four years. And wont before November 2016. I wont fly the 50 star flag upside down out of respect to all of the active duty men and women in my neighborhood.

These days, I fly the Betsy Ross flag. That flag represents the founding ideals.

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