The call has gone out from the highest office in the land for professional sports figures to be banned from playing because they, for reasons of their own conscience, choose to kneel instead of standing for the national anthem. This a foolish thing in a long string of very foolish things.
The call is for spectators to leave the stands and boycott the team unless patriotism is enforced and displayed prominently regardless of individual belief.
Does anyone realize that mandatory displays of anything are simply displays of nothing? Fear is very different from respect. Compulsory respect is not freedom.
My idea of patriotism and liberty would be this; that every one of the tens of thousands of fans in every one of hundreds of stadiums, speedways and arenas...just one time...kneels with the players before the first note blows from the bugle. For just one single, silent, solitary moment.
In defiance of tyranny. For the love of country. For the sake of all of us.
Just for one shining moment...
That would be the sound of freedom roaring.