I completely get it….not everyone is happy. Further, I readily admit that the USA has done and continues to do some horrible things. With only 5% of the world’s population, for example, the “land of the free” now holds 25% of its prisoners. The nation’s justice system is so broken that a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich and 98.6% of those ‘sandwiches’ end up in prison. But that is not the flag or anthem’s fault nor is it the fault of our nation’s Founders who required due process of law.
Another great example is the CIA. It has murdered at least 23 democratically elected foreign leaders that I know of since its illegal founding by Executive Order (a power also not granted in the Constitution). Worse, Republican and Democratic presidents in charge of this agency have led us into over 200 undeclared (and therefore, illegal) military operations and wars since the last legally declared war (WWII). But that’s not the flag or anthem’s fault either, nor that of the U.S. Constitution which forbids a CIA, undeclared wars, or the Executive Orders used to violate these Constitutional limits.
That flag and anthem stand for what America is supposed to be, not what it became over the past 100 years of bad actors and “progressives” trying to destroy it. That flag and anthem stand for the U.S. Constitution’s promise of rule of law and limited federal authority, not the political thugs parading as “progressives” who have compromised it. Many, many of our ancestors bled and died under the unfurled splendour of that flag to keep our Constitution in place until a real leader came along to restore it.
Keep in mind that before the so-called “Progressives” breached our contract (a.k.a. The United States Constitution) we stood proudly under that flag as number one in the world in freedom. This gaggle of Progressive gangsters has taken us down to 43rd place, but by following that for which our flag actually stands, we can bounce back like a sponge, once their tyranny is lifted. Our flag and anthem stand for everything that will make that possible one day when we force Government to return to its contractually defined, limited powers.
Before the breach of contract began, the United States had the fastest growing, most dynamic economy the world had ever seen, and by living within our means as a nation, we had enough surplus to help the rest of mankind….and did.
It’s not the flag or anthem’s fault that our leaders gave the keys to corporate interests and foreign funders who are now trying to destroy what is left. These symbols still stand for all of that, which I suppose is why some recent leaders refused to pledge their allegiance to the flag or put their hands on their hearts when listening to our anthem. Those symbols stands for that which the so-called “Progressives” from Woodrow Wilson to Barak Obama have tried to decimate for a century—which is what this whole “taking a knee” nonsense is about.
This movement isn’t for anything, it is simply against what the United States are (yes, are is the correct verb) supposed to be—50 independent nation states held together by open trade, a common currency, and collective defense against invaders.
So if you are as tired as I am of the so-called “Progressives” trying to destroy what is left of America and “taking a knee” to our sacred banner, perhaps you should head over to the closest NBA game, where it is literally against the rules to disrespect the symbols of our nation.
“Players, coaches, and trainers are to stand and line up in a dignified posture along the sidelines or on the foul line during the playing of the National Anthem.” How refreshing is that?
And look at the higher quality of human being attracted to this respectful Association compared to the NFL. For example, LeBron James, arguably the best player today, is an active supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of America, Children's Defense Fund, and charity, ONEXONE. He used his own money to set up a charity foundation, and announced a partnership with the University of Akron in 2015 to provide scholarships for as many as 2,300 young people. This year (2017) he received the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for "outstanding service and dedication to the community”.
Arguably the greatest all-time NBA star, Michael Jordan, recently donated $7 million to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and spends millions supporting 23 charitable non-profits in the city of Chicago alone. As a group, NBA players also tend to be law-abiding citizens, with a crime rate of 1.92% versus the public-at-large rate of 3.36%.
Compare that with the NFL’s 218 DUIs, 100 drug charges, 98 domestic violence charges 74 assaults (overall, I found 774 arrests of National Football League players in public records) and it is an easy decision who makes a better role model for our children—and our nation.
So, last American out of the last stadium of the gasping NFL….please bring our beloved flag and let’s watch some stand-up guys play a gentlemans’ game.
Author of “The Way Back to America: 10 steps to restore the United States to Constitutional Government.”
Born in North Carolina and educated at the University of Virginia, Wake Forest University and Caledonian University in Scotland, Howell now lives in Warsaw, Poland with his wife, Dr. Magdalena Iwaniec-Woltz writing, speaking and working for reform of the American system of justice, which now incarcerates more of its citizens than any nation on earth or in history.