All these players taking a knee during the national anthem has riled me up and got me thinking. Why do we stand for the Anthem? Why do we place our hands over our hearts? Why can’t we just “sit it out” because of the problems we see in our country today?
Well, as a soldier in the United States Army, I will tell you one thing.
We fought and sacrificed, some laying down their lives, literally pouring out their blood, so that you could.
We stood and swore an oath, life long and binding, that we would, “defend the constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic…” The freedom that we believe in is that this country will allow for freedom of speech, religion, the press, the right to bear arms and protect ourselves, rights against illegal search and seizure, the list goes on. Our constitution is an amazing document that provides for the greatest level of freedom ever experienced by any nation in the history of mankind.
And it is the document that continues to stand against tyranny, and so many other evils in the world.
And the symbol of this great nation is a Flag.
And the song we sing in honor of a nation that has flaws, make mistakes, has evil within its borders at multiple levels, in multiple forms, is the Star Spangled Banner.
Some will protest to raise questions about social injustice. Some will speak out and angry words may be spoken. Some will stand and honor this country. Others will not.
It is part of the process. It is what should be done in any great relationship. Argue, disagree, get mad, forgive, find equal ground, give a little, live together. Love will win the day.
If you don’t believe that, believe in it, you are serving the enemy. If you do believe that, if you will sacrifice, pour out your blood, sweat and tears, then I don’t care what color your skin is, what uniform you wear or don’t wear. Whether you stand, sit or do the fandango.
We can not lose.