About nonce a year of so for the last 50 years there has been something about the flag and how it is bad for society. The latest is a “Trump Two Step” about the knee thing that was all the rage about a year ago….Trump had to find something to divert the attention of the media and the public so why not some made up societal disrespect.
There is a bigger story there than the Trump diversion……
The flag, the Bible, the cross, the ring, the badge, the collar… we are a country rife with symbols, literally wrapped and weighted with the pomp and pageantry of the many things we’ve chosen to identify our beliefs, our memberships and positions.
These symbols are designed to represent ideals, signify philosophies, advertise status, be unspoken statements. Those who wear, bandy, raise and wield them do so because they wish for their memberships, their affiliations, their support of the symbolized groups or ideals to be known.
“I’m a Christian. I’m a married person. I’m a priest. I’m a cop. I’m an American. I’m a…” and so on.
While many who subscribe to these symbols do so with authentic belief, honest dedication, and deep attachment to what’s being symbolized, not a day goes by when someone somewhere isn’t caterwauling about this or that symbol and how and why it should or shouldn’t be worn, waved, wielded or wasted. Given all the Sturm und Drang, we’d like to presume everyone involved understands what these symbols actually stand for. But there’s growing evidence to the contrary, particularly when the words and deeds of those defending those symbols contradict and sully their inherent message:
This is all too made up…..the only purpose it serves is to change the discussion when things get a bit a of a drag.
Kneel, touch the earth.
“Oh say can you see . . . ”
The anthem starts. I can feel the courage . . . of Colin Kaepernick, the (then) San Francisco 49ers quarterback who refused to stand for the national war hymn, not when one of the wars was directed at Americans of color. Occupying the public spotlight that he did, Kaepernick risked — and received — widespread condemnation. Rabid fans burned replicas of his jersey. I’m sure as he knelt that first time, as his knee touched the earth, he had a sense of what he was setting off.
This is patriotism.
Personally, I have no time for this type of game……I prefer to deal with problems head on and leave these types of things for those of lesser minds.