Old Glory, old wounds

What we see today is shame on American soil. Old Glory flies over the United States, but beneath our flag appalling abuses are flourishing. The NFL has black football players who don’t salute the American flag. The flag is a symbol of our nation’s past, present and future. The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man aspired from time immemorial. The stripe is symbolic of rays of light emanating from the sun.

Quote from Obama: “The national anthem should be swapped for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like ‘I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.’ If that were our anthem, then I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our national anthem as well as redesign our flag to better offer our enemies hope and love.”

The things that once offended us don’t anymore. The things that we once found repugnant are now accepted. This means our being forced to accept as normal those behaviors and lifestyles that are absolutely abnormal. Let’s face it, there are things in life every decent person with common sense knows are wrong.

This latest incident only demonstrates greed at the NFL: wealthy black football players giving nothing back to the country that has given them so much. No place in the world compares to this country. God bless President Trump, the best president in 16 years.

D.H. Barton, Waco

EDITOR’S NOTE: Just for clarity’s sake, Colin Kaepernick’s stated reason for kneeling was to bring attention to police brutality against African Americans. Others more recently have raised concern about the third stanza of Francis Scott Key’s anthem lyrics (which to our knowledge is never sung at ballgames anyway). The solidarity at many NFL games (including the Dallas Cowboys’ Monday night) was partially to protest President Trump’s divisive comments. Finally, the above quote attributed to Barack Obama is fake. According to Snopes, which separates fact from fantasy in news and social media, the quote was concocted by columnist John Semmens for one of his satirical “semi-news” columns on the Arizona Conservative website. But Obama never said it.

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Players in the NFL utilized their free speech rights and knelt during the national anthem or didn’t come out till after. This was not an effort to show disrespect to our soldiers. This was in protest of our president. This was also an effort to show that things are still very wrong with our nation in terms of discrimination and inequality. To those who say we must show respect for our soldiers by standing up during the national anthem, I say the best ways to show respect is by supporting candidates who will fight for better health care for veterans, stop sending them to war based on lies or with no end in sight and provide better help for their families when they are overseas on our behalf.

John Vickrey, Norman, Oklahoma