Would this Have Influence on American History?

At a time when people, students, teachers, and professors alike are questioning “Where Has the Real and True History of America” gone, we can always be sure of just this one spark to get a fire going. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read Armstrong Williams’ column over at Townhall…we feel that this is such “must reading” we’ll even put a link to the article right here.

We did borrow some of Mr. William’s commentary because we do not think the issues could be more clearly explained; plus, it’s always nice to see your work appreciated especially by other journalists. This issue flies its banner under “Controversy with the National Anthem.”

There’s nothing about playing T-ball that should hearken memories of a lopsided British attack on Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

“Sports,” Mr. Blackistone writes, “have and continue to ritualize [the Anthem] with barely a shred of relevance.”

This is where we must draw our proverbial line in the sand and say, “Why, why must we stop singing, reciting, most of the time with jubilation.” Hint: The undercover markings of political correctness.

Singing a song about soldiers raising a flag following hours of cannon bombardment may have little to do with the indoor soccer game parents are watching, but that same song does remind everyone at that game that they stand there because of American sacrifice and freedom.

Blood was shed so that we might be free. When we say that soldiers “will never be forgotten,” shouldn’t we mean it? We honor and commemorate their lives and the sacrifices they made for us by remembering them. That’s why we sing the National Anthem at sporting events.

We don’t do it because there’s some underlying connection between the American Revolution and sports, but because sports bring us together to enjoy something as a group.

It unites us beyond our cultural and political differences. The stockbroker sits next to the dockworker, and both are united by their devotion to the local team. Isn’t that the perfect time to celebrate the nation that embodies that very idea?

Would Mr. Blackistone suggest we toss such documents into the trash? Or not have them hanging in our institutions of government simply because the magistrate can’t recall their every word?

We suspect the author has a hidden agenda – a beef with war in general. He almost betrays his true feelings when he writes, “[S]ports framed by the politics of militarism has nothing to do with football, baseball or a NASCAR race.” The politics of militarism? Now he has a problem. What happened to his original, simpler point that we should abandon the song because a cute pop icon didn’t know the words?

Now the National Anthem is offensive because it smacks of militarism, whatever that means? There’s an immense difference between singing a song that recalls the unlikely victory of our upstart nation against a powerful oppressor, and promoting “militarism.”

Our National Anthem is sung and remembered at most major events because it is the preeminent song of our country. Just as we have a national bird, a national banner (Old Glory), a national tree and other reminders of what makes us distinctly American.

How many times have we written what happens to other cultural norms when previous ones are torn down without critical thinking of all avenues? When you begin to tear down one of these symbols, in the name of practicality, you devalue the thing it represents: Freedom.

Because they fought and died for liberty, we don’t have to. Instead, we get to enjoy a Sunday afternoon game, watching the boys of fall on the gridiron. I think I can hum a few bars and think of Old Glory in exchange for such a privilege.

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