I’ve never flown the flag, but I’ve also never put up yard signs and I don’t plaster my car with bumper stickers either. I’m just not the sort of person who advertises much about myself.
Having said that, I’m inclined to argue that as a symbol the US flag has become too diluted and used as a symbol of division too often to be considered a symbol of unity anymore. I haven’t read the linked article because I’m disinclined to create yet one more account to do so, but I’ve spent a lot of time on the road for the past years and the number of (what I can only consider to be) bastardized US flags being flown in conjunction with (or in lieu of) “real” US flags is disturbing.
Flags with a blue (or red, or green, or some combination of the two or three) line dividing it in half and the black and white variant.
Flags with the stars removed from the blue field and replaced with “2A” and the 2nd amendment printed on the white stripes.
Flags with the standard 50 stars replaced by a circle of stars surrounding the Roman numeral “III”.
Flags that are the US flag for one half but the Confederate Battle Flag on the other. Plus one variation I’ve seen which has a hand reaching across and lifting up the US flag to reveal the Confederate Battle Flag underneath.
Flags which have a Trump campaign poster superimposed in the center. I thought I had hallucinated that the first time I saw one…
The part which really irritates me the most is that (judging by the politics being expressed) these are mostly the same type of people who “back in the day” would be getting all lathered up about the need for an amendment to protect the flag from being burned and here the flag is being treated like another piece of poster board for politics and profit.