Since I have been very busy elsewhere, starting school and trying to get life up and going again I have probably missed this if someone posted on it. My apologies.
I think that I am as least as patriotic as the best of them, and I am a football fan as well. Since this whole issue started though I never once thought these players were disrespecting anything. These are players, young men on my team even who are doing this and disrespect is not the message, by far, if you believe that somehow this is about the military in any way shape or form then I apologize, but you're an idiot.
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov'd homes and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
The big question I would like to ask is when did the National Anthem become property of the Military? Property of any one aspect of this country of ours? If I am not mistaken it is a song about a flag and battle, it even mentions the slaves of the times... How did this get turned into an assault on the reverence of our militaries? This is my anthem, and many others, those who served and those who did not because serving your country is not only done with a rifle and an attitude. I hear the voices grumbling that this is so disrespectful to those men and women buried under that flag, those comments about veterans. When I look around at the cemeteries on my bike rides though; Aren't we all buried under that flag? Do we not work just as hard and serve at home as those who go afar and near to protect us? I apologize again, this is my flag, this is my anthem too.
Those never in uniform: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, Martin Van Buren, Millard Fillmore, Grover Cleveland, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Yet those names would never be thought less than, less of, because they served the country in its highest office. Those other names, the too many to mention and too countless, their servitude to the ideals and protection of this country belong to that flag, to that anthem as well.
In a country where you are taught to stand up and place your hand over your heart and pledge allegiance, that's some heavy stuff nowadays. Especially when you are also told by that country to put your hands up and you won't get shot. A country that fought over itself some 150 years ago for your freedoms, only to see those freedoms always coming with a cost, a penance of some kind, and bigotry. Wake up to this every day and that country that plays that song for you becomes un-trustable, disrespectful to the very nature of your being, right down to your skin. Yet, the same country allows you to collect millions to be a spectacle once a week for 16 weeks and bonus maybe. Pretty freaking sick thinking when you look at it in all of its glory, in all of its whitewashed profiteering and the proliferation of their own political stances. I wouldn't stand either.
There is an epidemic long going on and maybe this time we can finally end the Civil War and rewrite the history books to reflect that. Young men and women are being killed and maimed simply because of the color of their skin. The rumors and innuendo of the ignorant whipped up into a frenzy of stupidity and angst. Charlottesville is just another stomp of the high kicking Goose steps of the voices that have always been there. It was endorsed in manner by our Idiot in Chief and the majority of the Republican party, and where is the outrage in that?
One player will not be signed to a team because of this stance, a true and real blackball. This is from the NFL which has an antitrust status with the government. The message that the blackballing sends is also a threat and bully tactic by mostly conservative forces, the same forces that co-opt the military brands for political gains. It is all too obvious and at the same time too little to be taken seriously. At the end of the day the NFL is influencing political ideologies that are predominantly of a right leaning slant and forcing some conservative agenda issues. My team will have no problem with the sitting or not standing for the anthem. They may feel they are safer considering the amount of police on the sidelines, and they wouldn't want that mouthpiece to be mistaken for a gun or something?... They will have no problem if someone asks them for either an autograph or a bag of peanuts... This is the very essence of the act of peaceful protest, something at the very core of our democracy and our society. These are the American ideals that my family fought for under the flags they were buried under, the land they were buried in. In no way is this a disrespectful act, but one of necessity as important today as Charlottesville and yesterday of Selma. The castigation of our citizens because of their very essences can't be continued, there is no country without them and no future either. If you stand alone upon the shores of a continent then you just have a piece of land. When you add the voices, abilities, hopes and desires of thousands, you have a country. There is an adage that says when you make someone who really and truly cares not care at all, that is the worst thing you can do to someone. Look around and welcome to the bench...