Your Facebook news feed is buzzing, twitter feed is trending and every day there is a new meme created about Colin Kaepernick. If you have been hiding in a bunker underground, during the Thursday night NFL preseason game vs. Green Bay Packers, Kaepernick decided to stay seated on the bench during the National Anthem. His act of civil disobedience placed many Americans into a cardiac state. When the footage was released of number 7 of the 49ers crouched on the bench, people were pissed and even calling the man anti-American.
So, the star quarterback was obliged to release a statement in defense of his act of protest. It reads as followed: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
The 49ers also issued a statement in defense of Kaepernick’s decision: “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honor our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
This past Thursday, he did it again during the Military Appreciation Day against the San Diago Chargers, Kaepernick executed his act of defiance. You better believe this infuriated “the Patriotic Americans”.
Kaepernick absolutely has the right to protest the National Anthem as do all Americans, better yet any free, independent human being. Whether one agrees with his form of patriotic disobedience to refuse to voluntarily stand up for the National Anthem and salute the symbol of America is totally a different issue.
I sometimes think Americans don’t even know what it even means to be patriotic in America. Pledging allegiance to the flag or singing just the first verse of the National National Anthem is not the definition of a Patriotic American. This country was founded on the principles of liberty and freedom provided to us by our creator and the republic form of government who is supposed to protect any infringement of our rights by a tyrannical force.
History of the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance
If I were to ask the average American who are dismayed over Kaepernick’s stance, please name the author of the National Anthem, Star Spangle Banner? I guaranteed that 70% will have a difficult time. Well if you are having a hard time remembering or don’t know his name is Francis Scott Key.The attorney by trade and novice poet was inspired to write a poem, subsequent to the invasion of Fort Henry in 1814 during the War of 1812. After witnessing the remnants of war and the American flag still flying, which ultimately inspired the lyrics of the National Anthem.
Americans are only familiar with the first of the verse of four part song:
O! say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Now, it would be disingenuous for me not to admit that the first is certainly power and emotional as an American. I tend to even tear when hearing it sung, especially by an amazing soprano vocalist. I digress, let’s continue with the rest.
On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner, O! long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country, should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Verse three is probably the most interesting of the entire poem, specifically where he writes “No refuge could save the hireling and slave. From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:” He illustrates his anger and disdain for slaves who ran from their plantation to join the British in hope seek freedom. It should not be that shocking that Key is wishing death on slaves who want to achieve freedom because he was a slave owner. Records show that owned his first slave in the early 1800s and totaled six by 1820. Could Key have been pissed that some of his slaves escaped his plantation? Just speculation. Key was also a key founder–funny Key was the key…–of the American Colonization Society.
It took the Federal government more than a century to later for the Key’s poem, Star Spangle Banner to become the National Anthem for the military and the populous. Ironically, on March 3, 1931, a resolution passed in Congress to make the Star Spangle Banner the National Anthem and signed into law.It makes you wonder if the government wanted an Anthem or just not this one.
I want to address the Pledge of Allegiance that is supposed to be another patriotic oath to show allegiance to the government. In 1892, a socialist/communist Baptist minister– there are pretty much the same–Francis Bellemy drafted the first version of the Pledge of Allegiance. Bellemy’s collective oath was eventually published the children’s magazine The Youth’s Companion as part of the National Public-School Celebration of Columbus Day, a celebration of the 400th anniversary. The collectivist propagated an agenda was to push obedience training at a young age and indoctrinate about government.
What many may patriotic Americans may not know is that the first limb gestures incorporated into the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance were the extending of the arm in salute of the flag. The salute was a paragon of the Nazi salute and quickly changed to a hand over the heart. Should we be surprised that the first salute was a Nazi salute, of course not because Bellemy was a socialist? The pledge was then adopted in 19484.
In 1943, the Supreme Court ruled in the West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette in a 6-3 decision, the opinion delivered by Justice Robert H. Jackson. A strong advocate on the court for the First Amendment clause.The court’s decision actually overturned the Minersville School District v. Gobitis three years ago, argued that public schools can compel students to salute and recite the socialist inspired oath. We need to be wary of government because when protecting your rights is not always on their agenda.
National Anthem is Honoring the Troops
People have the misconception that when troops fight in proxy and unjust wars overseas they are essentially protecting the rights of American. In actuality, that is the furthest from the truth because military personnel is fighting to protect the foreign policy agenda for our very own government, not our rights. The only institution that has threatened our Bill of Rights is our own government.
Believe me, I have the utmost respect for the military in this country for the willingness to want to defend this nation from an outside threat. That is something that should be lauded. Understand that no man gives me my rights articulated in the Constitution but my government is that threatening force that can make my rights privileges. So you patriotic Americans remember that!