BobPatterson wrote:jetero wrote:So if you'd like to say how I'm "wearing blinders" with regard to it being generally accepted amongst the self right-eous, that not standing during the national anthem is a deliberate act of disrespect towards the military, please be more specific.
Think about the playing of the national anthem (or any other country's anthem) at the Olympics. It has no military meaning. Never.
A flag and an anthem are symbolic of a country and nothing more.
As Mr. Costas asked, "How come teachers aren't honored?"
How come civil rights leaders aren't honored?
I say again, until the hypocrisy about civil rights in the USA stops, we should not play the national anthem at sporting events.
It loses all meaning, just as daily recitals of the Pledge of Allegiance lose meaning. It becomes trite.
We have the 4th of July, Memorial Day, Veteran's Day and other special occasions to properly pay honor to those who deserve all honor.
Beer-swilling crowds at sporting events are not among them.
Another hypocritical act that ought to be dispensed with is the opening prayers at meetings of Congress. There is no evidence that they do any good.
Bob, of course I agree with all of the above. In fact you raise a good point about the holidays that we have that don't mean a damned thing. In the weeks leading up to Remembrance/Armistice Day in Canada, many people wear poppies and the symbolism is understood and respected. If you don't wear a poppy you're certainly not called "un-Canadian." There's a great deal of dignity and true respect about it. In the U.S., we have BBQs, beer, wave the Confederate flag because "we can."
I fear if we had the Canadian tradition in the U.S., we'd have Capos First Class SCG and NoTime leading the Poppy Police. "Yeah, you don't have to wear one, but it's strongly encouraged. Wink wink. Don't be a son of a b*tch." And Fox News, Steve Bannon, Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham, and Duck Dynasty will trot out the wife of the American Sniper and ask her what she thinks to just drill in the "shame," nevermind what they said about the Khans one short year ago. Cuz that's what we do here.
My point is that SCG and his 60% do have this ridiculous idea that the flag is all about the military. And not behaving in the way that they were taught means you're "disrespecting the military."