The flag seems like a perfect metaphor for the current state of the country.
I was able to start the new year off right this morning exploring an abandoned church in north St. Louis with some good friends. I am an atheist but I get what religion means to a lot of people, and all of the symbolism involved. The area we were in a rough one, hit hard over the years by all the numerous factors that make St. Louis what it is. Yet in all of the decay and poverty there are still glimmers of hope for a better future.