You just reached that teapot boiling point when you stepped into this mess
NFL and all you idiots who support the disrespect.
No — plain and simple — To all those who believe that expressing a political statement during the National Anthem or Disrespecting Our Flag.
This has erupted over the last week into a major issue but also gained momentum for the last few years as we have seen how some burn or disrespect our flag in protest. When asked why, few of these protestors can explain why they have chosen to burn the flag. The reason — it is a symbol of great worth to us as a nation. Their disrespect of our anthem and flag show an ignorance of history and international affairs. But that is another subject.
You see almost every nation in the world has at some time or other had a rallying point or battle cry often using a raised flag as a symbol or message and the battle cry to call to arms its citizens as a nation for defense or conquest.
THIS IS WHAT THE NFL, PROTESTORS, SOCIALISTS/PROGRESSIVE/LIBERALS, and POLITICAL PARTIES
The flag of our country holds all of us to a higher standard. To give us hope of independence and freedom. It has waved for over two hundred years in one form or other and sparked the attention and the desperation to come to our shores from millions of immigrants from countries around the world. Why, because they have seen it as a beacon and a rallying point for the same hope and freedom suppressed by where they lived.
The flag and our national anthem is only two hundred plus years old, but I would suggest that Native Americans also moved across land and ice bridges or arrived in small rickety boats to leave behind a civilization that they found oppressive and to build a new place to call their own. One where they had the freedom to live, provide, and realize a life based on their own goals for a better world than the one they had left. So the flag and the anthem may be young but the SPIRIT OF FREEDOM AND THE PROMISE OF A BETTER LAND were alive and available many centuries before. The singular purpose regardless of skin or religion or sex was to build a life built less on the oppression from what they fled and more on the hope that they might create a better place for themselves.
To mock or use the anthem and flag for a Political Statement is crass and shows a poor understanding of civilization and historical value in a rallying point. Great presidents in the past, from Washington until today who have been held up in high regard for their patriotism have all held the anthem and flag in the greatest regard because they did understand the fact that for any and all a flag and a rallying song are essential visible and lyrical means to bring forth a feeling of patriotism and provide hope even in the darkest days, even as the flag flew in tatters over some battlefield where our brave fell lying broken and bleeding, and yes even over a field of sports that is supposed to celebrate the fighting spirit of a nation.
In the words of President Reagan’s 200 Year Anniversary Proclamation we are drawn to understand this precept and how it should apply on that birthday and for every day that the US flag and the national anthem are heard or seen.
1986 Presidential Proclamation – The Year of the Flag
There is no greater, more beautiful, and instantly recognizable symbol of our Nation and its ideals, traditions, and values than the flag of the United States. The thirteen stripes of red and white remind us of the courage and steadfastness of those who pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to found this great experiment in republican government. The white stars on a field of blue stand for the 13 original colonies that formed the nucleus of the new Nation and the 37 states that have become part of our Nation since then. Those many stars recall the saga of our growth as we spanned a continent. The colors of our flag signify the qualities of the human spirit we Americans cherish: red for courage and readiness to sacrifice; white for pure intentions and high ideals; and blue for vigilance and justice. –Ronald Reagan
Here is a warning to those that would use our national anthem and our flag for political purpose or as a show of disrespect:
THERE IS NO GREATER RALLYING CRY FOR A PATRIOTIC NATION
THAN TO CHALLENGE OR MOCK OR DESTROY THE SYMBOLS IT HOLDS DEAR.
- You have been attacking our constitution, our freedoms and rights as individuals, citizens, and a nation.
- You have been tearing down statues thinking that those will create a disruption in our nation as a whole and remove from memory those things which you have deemed unworthy through censorship.
- You have been attempting to suppress and enslave our freedom of thought, speech, and right to expression by attempting to suppress our concerns by labeling them “islamaphobic, bigot, hate crimes, or calling us deplorables.”
What you have done is not suppress but created a boiling teapot that has reached its critical point. Tearing down statues does not erase the past. Hearing us castigated for our right to express concern over things like protecting ourselves, how we speak, our feelings of national pride, or what we wear does not define our spirit.
I do however respectfully submit to you that attempting to remove, destroy, denigrate, or alter our spirit that is shown by our anthem and flag for political protest or as a means of destroying our nation or erasing our patriotism, however is a fatal mistake.
To quote Mike Rowe:
“Right now,” Rowe said, “The NFL, the players who choose to kneel, the networks who choose to broadcast their protest, the advertisers who sponsor the games are all eager for our attention. And they are all using football to get it. That’s all well and good, right up to the point where it isn’t.
In my view, this controversy really isn’t about patriotism, social justice, racial inequality, or free speech. It’s not even about the flag or the national anthem. It’s really only about one thing – what we will tolerate, and what we won’t.”
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” the president said. “You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, ‘That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.”
That did NOT call anyone a biatch nor did it suggest that Trump was being disrespectful; but rather in non-PC terms, it expressed the sentiments of many citizens who have been sizzling mad as over the last eight years plus we have watched our country be bombarded by communist agenda and radical Islamic “transformation”, attacks on our constitution by the three branches of government, our way of life, our freedoms, and our national sovereignty. His comment while inflammatory in political gobspeak nevertheless resonated deeply with the frustration and fears that those in positions of influence have been draining our country of its independence as a nation, weakening its values, and removing its factual history.
We know from having seen what is happening in South America, Europe, and other places around the world just what happens when those elements are removed and a feeling of national unity is stripped away. Desperation, destruction, death, fear, and starvation soon followed. We do not want this to happen in this last great bastion where we have fought and died for the right to govern through rules and order rather than fascism, communism, or some radical ideological form of archaic rules that murder or oppress or enslave.
So don’t forgive us for speaking plainly — get over your huff and read the sentences above carefully before you brand his comments as unbecoming a president. HE at least to date has shown a sincere and demonstrable patriotism and placed the values and our nation before others. UNLIKE NFL AND OTHERS FOR THE LAST EIGHT YEARS.
I do not have to, nor do I agree, with everything that President Trump is saying or doing but I definitely understand his frustration and his striking out against those that are attacking our foundations and our country. I also understand that the rules of law and order provide ways (however lengthy or unsatisfying) to express my opinions without fear of government reprisal, imprisonment, or death. That is the beauty and the hope of our country-
Yes — plain and simple — I stand with my hand over my heart and a prayer of thanksgiving echoing in my brain every time I hear the National Anthem or repeat:
“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands,
one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”