Voting in an election does much more than help to elect key candidates, it directs society in determining needed change.
Most would say that freedom of speech is pretty black and white. In two cases in particular I beg to differ. We live in a time where anything we say out loud will most likely offend every 1 in 5 people. No matter what it is, someone will find issue with what you say.
Our Flag represents all Americans, but most of all it represents our Freedom. Why would you burn down your best representative? You want to bring those that hate you to your side? Then wear that flag and wear it proudly. You want to anger those who hate what we stand for in America? Then sing our anthem and sing it loudly. That flag was sewn in a time where every American was persecuted by tyranny. That anthem was written in a time where our very freedom and unity was at stake in the war of 1812.
The only tyranny you have now in America is your mom taking away your smart phone at the dinner table. If you do not think you are being treated fairly by your government take a little trip to a country where you can’t pray or speak when you want and how you want. I’ve been there and I’ve seen it first hand.
Our flag represents all Americans, Red or Blue. Black or White. Our Anthem represents all religions and all creeds. Look to the Olympics and you will see the untainted pride of those that represent us on their athletic fields. The cheering and the 100% authentic patriotism is what should bring us together.
Trust me when I say that sitting down during the anthem because you are a household name will do absolutely nothing to help your cause. The only thing you will get is a week of publicity, good or bad. Somebody in the position of Colin Kaepernick who was given opportunities that no low-income African-American would normally have, should not be silently protesting in this way. There is no “effect” to his “cause”. Start a program and talk to local leaders. BE A LOCAL LEADER. Sitting on your bum during a song about inclusion of freedom will only get you mocked by both the left and right. It really just shows an ignorance of your knowledge in the plight of struggling minorities while introducing a certain level of “black privilege.”
People don’t realize the value of living in America anymore, we take everything for granted. Is there hate? Yes, but that will never go away because we are not perfect. One of my favorite meme’s about the status of the American youth is an image showing 18 year olds on D-Day in 1944 storming beaches, jumping from planes, and charging into almost certain death. While in 2016, 18 year olds need safe places, because words hurt. Wear our Flag don’t burn it. Sing the Anthem don’t turn your back on it. Be a leader. Be informed. Be smart.
“Even fools, keeping silent, are considered wise; if they keep their lips closed, intelligent.” (Proverbs 17:28)
Let’s face it most Americans do not watch the news. Your average everyday American thinks that most of the big media outlets are biased (which honestly tends to be the case.) I write to you on this surprisingly chilly Sunday in order to inform you of a tragic vote that occurred last week in the United States Senate. The Senators referred to this specific vote as the “nuclear option” which is a very good description for this atomically explosive course of action.
A father was burrying his son, which is something he should never have to do. His son didn’t die from a car accident or get shot by a drug dealer, he was killed in war. His death was honorable, he died so his buddy next to him could live, he died for his country. Less than one percent of our population serves in the military, and when one of these people dies they should be honored and revered.
At the funeral of this dead marine there were protests. The people were not protesting the man that died, they did not care about him. They were protesting because they had the right to.
What is the point?
It is hard for me to write about this topic because it hits close to home for me. A dear friend of mine who I memorialized in a picture on my blog was killed in action. He was a man with a family and he was a man that loved his soldiers. He had a huge funeral in his hometown, even people that didn’t know him came. They came because they knew he died honorably, they came because he died for them.
I couldnt imagine anything sadder than a father having to bury his son. For a father to look up from his son’s grave and see people holding signs that said he deserved to die is a terrible monstrosity. I have nothing against the Freedom of Speech it is our right to state our opinion. But what is the point of dishonoring a war hero? If you have a problem with military laws then go protest at a courthouse, do not protest such a sacred place as a cemetary.