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Primary Duty


Today in America is SUPER TUESDAY!
24 states will hold primaries or caucuses, with 52 percent of all pledged Democratic delegates and 41 percent of the total Republican delegates at stake.

Don't get me started again!
But YES, I will go and vote today here in Georgia.
It is definitely my PRIMARY DUTY for today!

(BTW, you do NOT want to know how many things are wrong about how this American flag is displayed in this image, taken in my neighborhood on Jan. 7th.)

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


Primary Duty


Today in America is SUPER TUESDAY!
24 states will hold primaries or caucuses, with 52 percent of all pledged Democratic delegates and 41 percent of the total Republican delegates at stake.

Don't get me started again!
But YES, I will go and vote today here in Georgia.
It is definitely my PRIMARY DUTY for today!

(BTW, you do NOT want to know how many things are wrong about how this American flag is displayed in this image, taken in my neighborhood on Jan. 7th.)

[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (39)

  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 5 Feb 2008, 00:14
Patrioric and symbolic Ginnie,this is a great site for all Americans, and I know YOU WILL DO YOUR DUTY.

Nice touch mijn vriend well donesmilesmile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I will do my duty, Tracy, but you'd be surprised by how many people do not care about the primaries. Many more don't care about the general election come November. I hope this time is different! God knows we need change! There, I said it!
  • rags
  • United States
  • 5 Feb 2008, 00:23
your patriotism inspires me!
Ginnie Hart: Well, Kanyi, my "patriotism" is often times out of anger...to change what needs to be changed. If WE don't change it, who will! If I have inspired you to vote today (or whenever your primary/caucus is), then I have done my job. Thanks.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 5 Feb 2008, 00:32
The flag looks a bit bedraggled, perhaps worn out from waving for all the wonderful politicians competing fairly and cleanly in this race. Or something like that...
Ginnie Hart: I surely detect not one whit of sarcasm there, Martin! But exactly! This flag looks a bit like "the system," to be honest. A bit worse for the wear! UGH. Let's see what happens today!
A good reminder made with an eye-catching and unexpected composition.
Ginnie Hart: This flag was actually leaning in/on this bush, Red Pen, and was not hanging, as it should be. So it did catch my eye. A neighbor told me others have photographed it as well. I'm surprised it hasn't been cited for display violation and been told to take it down. Oh well. But yes, a good reminder of what SHOULD be...not only with the flag but with the entire system!
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 5 Feb 2008, 01:38
Not just Super Tuesday, it's also Fat Tuesday for many people, which in combination means it's Super Fat Tuesday - fitting, given the health issue our country is facing.

I will do my primary duty as well (or rather, caucus duty, as that is my state's process).
Ginnie Hart: I never once thought about this also being Fat Tuesday, Jewlya! Wow. What a juxtaposition. So glad you're doing your duty as well. If WE don't do it, who will?
  • Kay
  • Portland
  • 5 Feb 2008, 04:52
Ginnie, This is a historic day in America. Voting is a privilege, isn't it?

Love your picture. The flag is such a precious symbol.
Ginnie Hart: A historic day, indeed, Kay. More than most people know. I remember when President Kennedy was nominated and elected in 1961 while I was still in high school. His being a Roman Catholic was a BIG DEAL for much of conservative America. Can you imagine what it would be like if FINALLY we have a woman or an African American president! OMG! Let's cross our fingers! smile

BTW, the flag is only as precious as the way our country is perceived, in my mind. As I have traveled in Europe lately, it is not as precious as it once was, IMHO. We need to get that restored.
  • Astrid
  • een beetje te vroeg......
  • 5 Feb 2008, 05:02
The Stars and Stripes, very patriotic and symbolic for this day, on Dutch TV we are able to follow the (in my eyes) circus of the pre-elections, I am not into politics that much, but we DO have the right to vote and Ginnie just take that right and VOTE, I love this post. BTW when I was in the USA I was surprised how many people would have their flag 'hanging' at their houses all year round, isn't there somewhere something about 'sunrise and sunset'......Holland there is.
Ginnie Hart: The entire political system is a circus, Astrid. I hate it and wonder if it will ever change. In the meantime, if we the people don't do something about it, we are as much to blame as they are. We have the RIGHT to make our voice heard, so yes, I will vote whenever I possibly can. Donica was supposed to be in Europe now (plans changed) and already did her proxy vote.

I am not always happy about what our American flag represents, as you know. But I live here and need to do something about it. THAT is my duty. Let's hope there will be changes this year come November to better reflect what our flag is! It starts with today for me....
  • navin
  • India
  • 5 Feb 2008, 05:49
Nice shot. Happy America day
Ginnie Hart: Let's hope it is a happy day today, Navin! smile Thanks.
  • vintage
  • australia
  • 5 Feb 2008, 06:22
Super bowl,politics,photography. busy days good photo
Ginnie Hart: Lots of busyness, Vintage, you're right. Let's hope it all amounts to something beneficial for all!
un grand jour aujourd'hui aux USA!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, O-P, it is. Let's see what happens!
  • chad
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Feb 2008, 07:04
Have a super Tuesday, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Let's hope it bodes well for our country, Chad. God knows we need change!
Apart from all else, the flag is even dirty!!
Now: vote for the right guy (or girl)!
Ginnie Hart: If you go here, Wim, you'll know. smile http://ginniehart.blogspot.com/2008/02/super-tuesday.html

That dirty flag is possibly the worst of the violations!
  • Aussie
  • Back on nights
  • 5 Feb 2008, 07:58
Here voting is compulsory, so to us it's just a chore to do to avoid a fine.
Ginnie Hart: WOW! I wonder if that would work here in the States, Aussie! I didn't know that about Australia. Hmmmm.
So who are you gonna vote for? You don't need to answer that grin
Ginnie Hart: If you click on this link, Kunle, you'll get a clue. smile
http://ginniehart.blogspot.com/2008/02/super-tuesday.html
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 5 Feb 2008, 09:02
I agree with Tracy, and I can imagine what it means to be an American, to have an American identity. There are -as to hoist a flag- many differences in the countries all over the world. In Netherland for example I saw and see often the Dutch flag. In Germany there could be seen many flags during the football-WM, but for the first time, for generally it is unusual to hoist flags, only on some historic days, probably because of our horrible history (WWII)!
Ginnie Hart: I am not always happy with my American identity, Philine, rightly or wrongly. I have never wanted to be an Ugly American, for one, but neither am I happy with how we have been perceived in the world of late. WE NEED CHANGE. I'm fairly confident that come November we will get it with a new President.
Your comment at the bottom of your text piqued my curiosity, so I just had to have a quick `google` on the subject. My word - it is taken very seriously! (Not that I am saying that is a bad thing.)

http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/flagetiq.html

Love the photograph, by the way. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: I almost included that link in my text, Roz, but find it to be more "delicious" coming from you. Thank you for going to that trouble! I won't repeat my replies to everyone else but this display as seen here is representative, I think, of our sorry state of affairs right now in America. I truly hope and believe that change is on the way!
Intrigued by your comment I just had to follow Rosalyn's link, So many rules, so many variations on how to fly a flag. Seems you have got the miscreant bang to rights with this.
Ginnie Hart: Sadly, Les, this display represents for me much of what is wrong on our country right now! Let's hope today will bring about the change we so desperately need!
  • blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Feb 2008, 09:46
Now I am curious!!!! How many things are wrong with the way it is displayed???
Ginnie Hart: For one, Mike, there's the dirt. For two, it's leaning IN or ON a tree and is not hanging. That's just a start. As I've been telling others, it represents for me all that is wrong with our country right now. Let's hope today makes a difference!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 5 Feb 2008, 10:17
Is this flag draped against G Washington's apple tree?

Maybe some deeper meaning in your picture. No, no - I am not getting you started, just commenting on the picture smile

Have a great vote - or what does one say - vote straight. Not that i would know for whom. What I see in our papers, everyone is accusing the next candidate. Dunno how you can make a decision out of that - but you will know since you probably understand what the heck they are accusing each other of smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! It COULD be Washington's cherry tree and would only make this worse, Louis. The violations represent for me all that's wrong with our country right now. Let's hope today will make a difference! You can read more here, if you're interested. smile
http://ginniehart.blogspot.com/2008/02/super-tuesday.html
  • chunter
  • Wiltshire
  • 5 Feb 2008, 10:32
Oh stop it Ginnie. We (Mrs.H, her sister and hubby and I) have visited various states in the US almost every year since 1993 but thanks to redundancy before Christmas and my (so far) inability to secure gainful employment, we probably won't make it this year.

The flag, properly displayed or not, calls us, especially now as sis-in-law recently lost Mrs.H's brother to a vicious cancer and could use the support of her UK family.

If you find any spare green cards lying around.....!..
Ginnie Hart: Ohhhhhhh. Even with all that's so wrong here, you'd still want to come, Colin??? Let's hope today makes a difference. And THEN you can come. I'll keep my eyes open for some spare green cards.

Thanks ever so much for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Feb 2008, 10:46
A very symbolic image. I listen to the news about the American election with complete bewilderment - it seems that people get so worked up about it!
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: Well, there's a lot to get worked up about, Ingrid, for sure. It all boils down to two choices in November. But right now we're trying to figure out just WHO those two choices should be. Of course, I'm working on only one of them. In the end, I'm willing to go with whichever one is nominated for MY particular party. smile
http://ginniehart.blogspot.com/2008/02/super-tuesday.html
Yes, I follow it all the way
Ginnie Hart: I think the entire world is following this one, Chantal, because there is so much that needs to change!
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 5 Feb 2008, 12:45
"Patriotism" is rooted in every American heart in a most special way...and your photo shows it.
Have a Super Tuesday Ginnie!!!
Ginnie Hart: Well, Lina, I wish it were true, but I'm not sure patriotism IS that rooted in every American heart, sadly. I think most of us have taken too much for granted and don't have a clue. God knows we need change in our country right now. I sure hope it's about to happen! But thanks for your confidence nonetheless!
Have a great day accomplishing your duty Ginnie. Nice to see this patriotic spirit!
Ginnie Hart: I hope it ends up a nice day, Ricard. There is so much that needs to be accomplished to bring about the change our country needs. I'm confident that come November the winds of change will come! They're starting to blow NOW. Thank God.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 5 Feb 2008, 13:29
If the polls are right this time, it will be neck n neck for the Dems today. This has been a fascinating drama!!

And it's true, both Super Tuesday and Fat Tuesday - wowowowow!
Ginnie Hart: I haven't been watching yet today, Ruth, but I will later on (while babysitting at Nicholas'wink. The drama will end up the way it's meant to be, especially if it can go either way. That speaks volumes, I think! I'm actually excited about how this will all play out come November!
  • Still
  • France
  • 5 Feb 2008, 13:43
Have a great Super Tuesday in Atlanta!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Still, indeed! We hope for nothing more because much is riding on what happens today. It's quite exciting to see the Change in the air.
This is beautiful. Have fun on super tuesday, as we will hear about it too!
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing the whole world will hear, Jen! Thanks.
Good shot Ginnie, there are a lot of people, me included don't always get our national flag round the right way. Will no doubt see the outcome on our T.V.in the morning.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Brian, I'm guessing the whole world will get the news of what happens today! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
  • johnnyg
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 5 Feb 2008, 17:09
I'm glad so many of my fellow yanks are voting today but I only vote ( Postal ) during the General Election. Your right about the flag sweets but I gotta go with him as she still represents the old system to me, but lets not get into that.
Ginnie Hart: HA! We won't get into it, Johhny, you're right. Both have their pros and cons. Both together would be something, though, right??!!! Thanks.
  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 5 Feb 2008, 18:56
can't beat a bit of patriotism Ginnie good on yousmileshame about the bedraggled flag.
Ginnie Hart: The deed is now done, Tim. Let's see how it all falls out, bedraggled flag and all.
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight, UK
  • 5 Feb 2008, 19:41
Happy super Tuesday Ginnie...the BBC will have a ball with this in the morning!
Ginnie Hart: I bet, Chris. I can hardly wait!!!
The American Electoral system is fascinating. We elect our idiots in three weeks, it takes you all yeargrin.

By the way most people in the UK don't even know which way up our flag is supposed to be...including mesmile

Have a good primary.
Ginnie Hart: Let's hope it ends up good, Bill. It's still too early here (still Tuesday) to tell. Sigh. It does seem to be a long, drawn-out process for us, doesn't it! I guess it's all about who can raise the most money!
  • Chris Phillips
  • 5 Feb 2008, 21:30
I am fascinated by American politics
Ginnie Hart: I am, too, Chris, even though I don't see myself as a very political person. I can't "talk" politics but I usually know where I stand on an issue!
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 5 Feb 2008, 21:52
Well...barack or Hilary Ginnie? smile I'm with you, it would be wonderful for a female or African American to be President. Mind you it has recently emeregd (unsurprisingly smile) that Barack Obama's great grandfather was from a village in Ireland called Monaygall. We have to have OUR claim on the man smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I didn't know that about Obama, Dave. I guess a lot of people will want to claim him by now. We'll see how this all falls out. I do think incredible change is in the air, either way.
Oh! Yes, Super Tuesday. Here the television opens its noticiarios with the news, but by this time still there is nothing no determined. I will have to tomorrow find out me way to the work oyendo the radio! Hillary or Obama! That is the question?
Ginnie Hart: That is indeed the question, José Angel. We'll see by tomorrow, I'm sure. Thanks.
Love Martin's comment. Well spotted, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Yep! Gotta love the dripping sarcasm! Thanks, ChiChi.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 7 Feb 2008, 10:10
Love the dense background of naked branches, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Nobody noticed but I used the PS fresco filter on it, Ray, and it really "opened up" the branches. It was amazing. Thanks.
Duty Duty !
Nice tuesday wich remember at each of us how much democracy is important smile
Ginnie Hart: Oh yes. We have to do our duty, Zeb! If we don't, we have no one else to blame!!!
A flag with a story to tell

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