There’s a lot of talk going around about Bob O’Rourke and what a local VFW says his campaign pulled that’s about as anti-American as they come.  But in this day of divisiveness, can we determine what’s real and what’s fake?  And does it matter?


Here’s the story.  O’Rouke, who is running against Ted Cruz, has been vocal about defending protestors who take a knee to the national anthem.


If you don’t recognize the name, it’s not just because he’s a Democrat in Texas – it’s because he’s sort of scooped up the name Beto to sound more… well… border-ific.  Sort of like Elizabeth Warren is a fake Native American.  Follow?


So his campaign rented out a Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Navasota, Texas for a campaign rally. The Commander of VFW Post 4006 Carl Dry says that O’Rourke’s campaign insisted the hall take down it’s American flags.


“I do not normally attend rental events, but I attended Saturday to make sure things ran smoothly,” said Dry.


Dry said there were two requests made that he wouldn’t honor.


“They wanted to open the doors (to the Flight Deck Lounge) and I couldn’t allow that and they wanted to take the flags down, I didn’t only say no, I said hell no, you don’t take the flags off the wall. I can’t believe any American would ask us to do that and I don’t know why he wanted them down or what he was going to put up instead.”


The campaign is now denying it.  Hold my beer while I pass out in fake shock.


I’ll let you decide whether to believe a man who served his country… or the campaign of a man who seems to be disgusted by the very image of an American flag.


But here’s what’s scary.  Go through the comments left by trolls on articles all over the internet about this.


There are some people debating the validity of the story.  But countless others are talking about how it doesn’t matter.  How Republicans are trying to ruin the country by focusing on “stupid” things like the flag.


Let’s be crystal freaking clear.  That flag isn’t stupid.  That flag was bought and paid for with American lives.


That flag might not mean anything to the self-proclaimed Democratic Socialists who get to run their mouths underneath it.  You know who I’m talking about.  It’s the same overgrown toddlers who protest capitalism and boycott Nike for using child labor in one breath… then celebrate Nike for standing behind an NFL player who couldn’t hack it while he goes off on an anti-America tirade in another.


The flag might not mean anything to keyboard warriors who peck away from the warmth of their parents’ basement.  The same ones who demand the removal of guns from America while playing their first-person shooter games online because they have too many Cheeto stains on their tighty-whities to ever find a girlfriend.


But it means something to those of us who have lost family or friends in defense of that flag.  It means something to those of us with loved ones deployed… or who risk their lives every single day holding the Thin Blue Line.


That flag isn’t just a symbol.  It’s woven with the blood of American patriots.  It’s stitched together with the hearts and souls of heroes.  And it’s flown and stood for by those who are sick and tired of being told it’s just a “symbol of oppression”.


Throughout the course of our country, men and women have risen up to fight against enemies both foreign and domestic to preserve that flag and what it stands for.


Remember.  The American flag isn’t just our history… it’s our future.  It wasn’t just fought for in the past… it will be fought for in the future.


There’s an old proverb: “Wake not a sleeping lion.”  Socialists here in America would do well to heed that advise.


So what’s truth and what’s not?  Or perhaps more importantly… does it even matter anymore?


Kyle S. Reyes is the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today, founder of The Whiskey Patriots and Chief Executive Officer of The Silent Partner Marketing. Reyes is also an acclaimed keynote speaker on patriotism and leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing by storytelling. You can follow him on Facebook.