What So Proudly We Hailed?

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Are you a patriot? Are you a real American? What does that mean?

Different things to different people, of course. This is #Amurrica. Home of the free and the brave. And of the diverse set of opinions that make us so interesting–if not highly functional.

Back to the home of the brave, some are braver than others. So there’s this professional football player that sat out the Star Spangled Banner for the entire pre-season. And just recently, it was noticed. I decided against tracking down the source of this Nile, I think it’s not germane to the tale-but I bet there’s a story there, too.

So, anyway, the athlete, who gets paid bring-your-team-to-the-Superbowl-but-not-actually-win-it wages, gets in big PR (that’s public relations, also known as yelled at on TV, Facebook and internet newspapers. Likely also in print newspapers, but are you actually physically reading them? I thought not.) trouble. People are saying that he is disrespecting veterans who have fought and died for this country. And there’s some people saying they fought and died just for this type of protest. It’s been noisy. And full of emotion.

Tonight da Twitterz lit up with a hashtag (this is a way for people to coalesce around a topic or idea on Twitter. I respect that many people do not get Twitter, but please, humor me on this.). There are always trending topics on Twitter. It’s based pretty much on volume of a word or phrase that people are using and which pass through Twitter’s servers. For example, it’s pretty normal for #TheBachelor to trend when people are watching it on TV. It must be on now. The Doc has pretty much no knowledge about this hashtag but I see it weekly. [As an aside, why do they call that kind of show reality TV?]

But back to the point, thousands of people are tagging their posts with #VeteransForKaepernick. Like this one.

And this perspective on the national anthem >>

These are among the many moving and patriotic tweets from veterans across the country. People who served in different wars in different parts of the world and who represent the entire diversity of the U.S. And, no, there is not a consensus among veterans and active duty around the way the football player is protesting against racism in the U.S. That’s #Amurrica, too.

Last, there’s nothing that I could write on this topic that would be more meaningful than this tweet by a vet >>

Yes, that is how a patriot sounds. Thank you for your service, good sir. And thanks for the reminder that we all have a role in making our country better. #AmericansForKaepernick, and, as they say, “Hooah!”

3 thoughts on “What So Proudly We Hailed?

  1. Despite the many flaws of the founders of this country, it can be said that they were thinking men. Thinkers. That is somewhat of a fading commodity during the current time period. This country is more than a song or a flag. That flag and song would mean nothing without people living in this country to believe in them and what they are supposed to stand for, which is freedom. Kaepernick’s silent protests hurt no one and support the idea of freedom and making a stand to maintain that freedom. Anyone who disagrees with his non-aggressive, civil actions are patriot checking to find out who agrees with their disagreement, just so they can have something to hate and then form a group around it. On many fronts in this country, our freedoms as citizens are under siege, regardless of sex, race, age or economic status; and that is where the real conversation lies; not erect posture during the playing of a song.

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    1. Thanks for this. I especially appreciate the idea of “patriot checking”, the secret handshake as a marker of sides–but not to figure out how to make our democracy work.

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