Or is it just patriotic propaganda? Whether you put your flag at half staff or even fly the flag at all, for the 30 days you have been re-commanded to by President Trump, since it was already in effect from a proclamation originally issued by Eisenhower, depends on how you view the deeds of George H.W. Bush. You can view him as one of the important elements of the Bush crime family, a war criminal, and/or a President with good deeds under his belt. It is possible to be all three, very much the situation in this case. Although, as with most any Presidents, what is ostensibly portrayed as good, may or may not have had good intentions, or actually even happened considering we are some of the most propagandized populations in the world, and have been since the benefits of public relations were revealed after WWII, there is too much digging required to assess the actual results of an act. Perhaps the source of the sentiment “Never let a good crisis go too waste”. Let’s not forget ‘Manufactured Consent’.
If you believe that this President, just as all others in that office, cannot help but be guilty of serious crimes that do not deserve such respect, then to fly the flag at all is to admit those crimes were less than the good done. The millions that die, the Democratic nations that were overthrown, and lesser, but serious, crimes to our nation, our Democracy, and the planet. These things, we are to forget about. All normal conduct for an empire leader. Even if the President has no real control over these crimes and atrocities, he is guilty for not standing up and saying so, even if to deaf ears.
But, as we all should know by now, punishment for crimes done by the wealthy and powerful are dealt with by the oligarchy and not by the justice system all the rest of us are subject to. Really just depends on if the crime was against or for those above you or below you on the socioeconomic ladder.