If you ask me (which no one has, but I’ve gone ahead and asked myself in the off-chance that someone would ask me) I would stand for the flag amidst the recent string of hoopla taking place in the NFL. The flag doesn’t represent the problems in America, it represents America and the people that can overcome said problems.
Athletes can kneel before the flag if they wish (kneeling is the ultimate sign of respect, right?). Like Colin Cowherd has said many times, it doesn’t give you a good look, but it’s your right to do so.
Has anyone cringed about the cameramen for not respecting the flag when filming the protesting NFLers? Does everyone stand for the anthem when they see it on television?
If the anthem is such a big deal, shouldn’t the entire stadium cease functioning and collectively pay homage? We should only be seeing closeups of the turf because the camera crew had to put down their equipment.
Many years ago, I was assigned a back-page brief for the Idaho State Journal, a filler article written before Independence Day about proper flag etiquette. The intention was to inform people on how to properly unfurl, raise, hang, lower, and fold the American flag.
I spoke with a local Army reserve representative and asked him questions about properly handling the flag. He answered, sourcing the Farmer’s Almanac, which is sourced by the US Code itself. I learned a few things (the perks of an internship at a local newspaper).
While we are on a roll of demonising the folks earning us consecutive Fantasy Football league office victories, let’s witch hunt other flag haters:
|Do not eat.|
|Do not cheer for them.|
|Boycott your local parade.|
We have a cool flag (not as cool as Albania’s or Montenegro’s) and it took a lot of sacrifice, thought, trial and error, and perseverance to make it represent a pretty cool country.