posted on Sep, 9 2018 @ 03:40 AM
My thoughts the long way around.
You Know....when the national anthem plays what do you feel. Do you let the power of the music lift your heart? As a retired military man and as a
veteran I remember the many times while going to a movie on base the national anthem would play. Great scenes of military personnel and tanks and jets
would be displayed in harmony with each beat of the music. I don't know about others but even though I was often miles and miles from home I did not
feel alone. I felt the bond of every soldier and sailor and Airman who served with and around me even if I didn't like this individual or another. I
felt shoulder to shoulder with every American who ever fought to make this country real. As I stand in a stadium, or at a concert with other Americans
I feel our collective strength, dreams and future hopes and I contemplate the past lives of those who came before us and served to protect and
provide and contribute to what was their home and our home today.
The flag, the anthem, the pledge of allegiance, are to me reminders of what the cost was that we might now enjoy life and our way in life. Tokens,
symbols paid for with blood and lives and dreams lost in conflict. There is no American alive who has such position or stature that they would have
the right, a real right to dishonor those who have paid this price.
I hate war, but we have had war and Americans have answered the call. If any such wars were unjust, then I hope that a special hell awaits the
tyrants who waist lives, dreams and hopes of their fellow man. Our nation has gone through a maturing process and we are still growing. But we cannot
wallow in past mistakes to the detriment of today. Especially when the true motive of this football player is less then genuine. Learn from the past,
but when the crying is done live life better today then we did yesterday. Hey, I am a disabled veteran, I will never ever have a million dollar
anything...I am content with that, I am asking for nothing. But you wealthy sports oriented career people, hey at least stand up when the music plays
and thank in your heart those who fell that you might live life rich. That you can be called heroes even though you are not. As far as Nike...I will
never have anything made by them again. As far as football, (which I love) I will be very selective in my support. As far as our nation, I will do my
best with what life I have to support those who have the best chance in making the American dream real.
a reply to: Southern Guardian