Everyone’s perspective is different.
I still know guys who say we would have won in Nam had we but turned the whole country into glass. Just as I know vets who respond to everything political with a mumbled “Fuckin’ A, dude.” 1 And from attending the the occasional VFW bash I can state that appears to hold true for vets of the last several armed conflicts, illegal invasions and forced occupations.
I tend toward the middle ground, though I do have some hard and fast rules; below are the ones regarding the national anthem:
- No law should be enacted banning the playing of the national anthem;
- No law should be enacted to force anyone to stand during the playing of the national anthem. 2 3 4 5 6
I’ve found the people most likely to go batshit over nonconformist reactions to the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem are the same people who are always yelling about what everyone else should be doing in general; well, fuck ’em.
These same people cannot understand that an athlete declining to stand for the National Anthem is, in his own light 7, attempting to Make America Great Again. Instead these foam-at-the-mouth folk believe said athlete is actually defaming their country. And of course these are also the same jackanapes who hoard their fucking precious fucking guns in order to violently oppose the government of Their Great Country. But let Colin Kaepernick mention that, hey, blacks ain’t got it all that swell either, and these fucking wingnuts go off like the British Army in Zulu!
But then why would we expect better behavior from people who believe the use of violence to resist any usurpation of their imaginary-though-all-inclusive rights 8 is perfectly fine, yet holler about ‘obedience’ while watching cops shoot unarmed blacks?
Hypocrisy is the greatest luxury. 9
- That bit of ironic satire confuses everyone. ↩
- Because nothing screams “Freedom!” like mandatory public displays of patriotism. ↩
- Though, let’s face it, there is one, although wholly advisory, littered as it is with ‘shoulds’ instead of ‘musts’. ↩
- Let’s extend this to the Pledge of Allegiance as well; there’s no need to actually repeat the pledge, much less stand or place your hand over your heart. ↩
- And don’t even get me started on the whole ‘God’ issue in the Pledge (I taught the Astas to say “under god by act of congress” instead), much less our money. ↩
- Believe it or not there is an actual Flag Code that describes how the flag should/shouldn’t be handled and displayed. There is also a section —18 U.S. Code § 700— that describes the penalties (rarely enforced) applied for desecrating of the flag. However, everything not involved in shredding the flag is, like the law regarding the national anthem, advisory only. ↩
- As well as perhaps millions of others. ↩
- Think Y’all Qaeda, AKA the Bundy Posse. ↩
- The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. ↩