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Video: Philip Hoezel Hangs American Flag Upside Down to Protest Re-Election of President Obama

| by Michael Allen

Philip Hoezel upset his neighbors in Fleming Island, Florida, recently, when he hung his American flag upside down (video below).

Hoezel, who served the Navy for seven and half years, hung the flag upside down to protest last Tuesday's election results, reports WTSP-TV.

Hoezel told WTSP-TV: "I figure if they can burn the flag, if they can spit on it, if they can put it down as a doormat, why can't I fly it upside down?"

"Under the conditions normally set for the military at sea, if you fly your flag upside down on a ship, it means you're in distress... I think this country is in distress."

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Hoezel actually raised his flag upside down last Wednesday, but it wasn't until Veterans Day when his neighbors noticed.

Neighbor Mike Walter told WTSP-TV: "It's very disturbing... you know 26 years in the Navy, current Navy guy and I thought it was an accident, Then I did a little research and I realized people are doing this in protest and I just can't believe that on Veterans Day you would be so petty as to fly your flag upside down."

Deb Hand, another neighbor, said: "I think there's a lot more positive ways to express it. I don't think that's really helping anyone and I think it's probably hurting a lot of people's feelings."

"Well, everybody's got their own opinions, but the country is the country and no matter how you feel about a certain president, this is not right. So I think he should fix it."

Like so many anti-Obama protesters, Hoezel did not say exactly what bothered him about President Obama.