HN NOTE: Now, more than ever, is a time to think about who we are and what we stand for. I, for one, have lived in several other countries. I’m a U.S. Citizen. I’m also a citizen of Canada (my mother having immigrated from Canada to the United States. I’ve also held residential status in Mexico and Thailand.). I realize, more so than many others, I have choices and options on where I can live and spend my days.
Knowing the world as I do, I am proud to call myself a U.S. Citizen first and foremost. I’m proud to live here and would give my life in defense of our cause as a nation.
I consider myself a “Patriot,” in awe of our U.S. Constitution and the freedoms it ensures and protects. I’m in awe of the wisdom and ideals of forefathers who created our Constitution, along with its precepts which still ring true, perhaps more than ever.
Sure, we are not a country without imperfections. We have hot issues which simmer and sometimes boil over, ebbing and flowing freely in our public squares and online forums.
It’s a great thing that we are free to peacefully voice our concerns and opinions.
For that reason, I consider the First Amendment to be the most important part of the U.S. Constitution. It reads as follows:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
And having said that, I believe The New England Patriots organization (utilizing their freedom of speech, wrongly in my opinion) behaved as anything but Patriotic today when some outright disrespected our flag and anthem.
And here’s why… here’s my Freedom of Speech! (One is free to agree, or disagree…)
Historically, the timing couldn’t be any worse; we have sons and daughters overseas protecting our freedoms; many in harm’s way as I type. We have foreign armies building weapons of mass destruction, intent on wiping all Americans (including disrespectful football players) off the face of the planet.
I don’t know about you, but because of this arrogant display of disrespect toward our flag and anthem, I no longer have 4 to 8 hours to waste on the NFL every Sunday!
Although it’s true that it’s just a GAME which undoubtedly has a majority of good people… it’s also true that it’s a sport which knowingly fields wife abusers, dog abusers, and more FELONS than any other pro sport…
… and today’s display of overindulged, self-proclaimed demigods disrespecting our flag and anthem was just too much to endure during my free time!
All “fans” of these disrespectful overpaid “non-patriots” need to think long and hard about what they are actually supporting.
I can no longer support the so called “New England Patriots” because I’m an American Patriot first and foremost.
I stand in the spirit of our forefathers who put their necks on the line, standing up for the ideals on which this country was built.
Our national anthem is a tribute to our forefathers… as well as everyone since who has, or would, put their lives on the line to defend the ideals put forth in our U.S. Constitution.
Our flag and anthem are NOT to be used as a tools of protest. They’re sacred…
… and what they represent are the primary reasons I chose to live here, united with like-minded citizens.
When one reverently raises our U.S. Flag, they are honoring the people and ideals behind our amazing Constitution. They are honoring our brother and sisters who have, or would, put their lives on the line defending what we believe in as Americans.
So, while those so called “News England Patriots” players had a right to do what they did, American Patriots have a right to tune them out for good.
Let’s take a moment and have review:
O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!