In a Facebook post this morning, Coast journalist Tim Bousquet, who also grew up in the US, offered a succinct expression of one of my reasons for eschewing the opium flower:
(For the record, Bousquet
included an eighth point: 8.
I don't know that he's
wrong about that, but it's not central to my own allergic reaction to tendentious heraldry.)
One of the things that soldiers fought and died for was the freedom that you, Tim
, and I enjoy to choose to wear a poppy and to write columns and blog posts without fear of retribution.
If you eschew the poppy because it is against your principles, I hope that you and Tim
at least recognize that young men died in a war to preserve that freedom.
The problem that I have with your position (and Tim's) is that it is as political as the very reason you state for not wearing it.
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