We should stand for the anthem, stand for the flag

The current controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem is discussed in this opinion piece. The author feels that the professional quarterback equating the flag and national anthem with some problems in society takes the focus away from the larger good they represent at home and abroad. Our country is not perfect but that does not change the fact that many look towards the United States as beacon for hope and the flag is the symbol for that hope.

Key Takeaways:

  • “The flag should never be tarred as somehow reflecting the corrupted values of those few (a marked minority) who dishonor our values.”
  • “The Stars and Stripes is not a flag of oppression. It cannot be equated with the Stars and Bars or the Confederate battle flag.”
  • “The spoiled self-indulgence of those who refuse to honor the flag is not a brave act. It is, instead, a legacy of victimhood. I despise it. You should too.”

“The Stars and Stripes is not a flag of oppression.”

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