From a block away I spotted the old red, white and blue through the crowds in downtown Long Beach, California. Now I'm as patriotic as most Americans and I did serve for four years so it annoyed me to see our flag displayed this way, you know... in a bucket. So I moved in to check it out more closely. Looking down I noticed that the price had been reduced. That really got me thinking especially now with a changing of the guard to take place in a few days. I wondered if this could be a sign of things to come. Is it possible that our traditional American values, like these car flags, have been so reduced that we have unwittingly paved the way for the personal gain of wealthy corporate leaders on an international scale?