I have to admit that I'll never understand anyone in this country who does not stand when the National Anthem is played. The moment is not intended for you to show your opinion of our current president, no matter who that might be. Nor is it intended for you as an individual to show your displeasure over anything going on in your personal life or the country at large. It is not about you ... unless you served.
The reason we all should stand is simple: our anthem is just a small way for us to show our gratitude toward the men and women who have put themselves in harm's way - up to and including giving their own lives - so that the rest of us can do whatever we please in this great country. That's it. There is nothing more to it. If we were intended to stand before football games to honor our president, they would play Hail to the Chief, not the Star Spangled Banner. You don't decide from week to week if you respect our veterans. You respect them every minute of every day. You thank them every time you encounter them. And you honor them by respectfully standing while our anthem is played. End of story.
I hear all the various reasons given for not standing, but really there is only one. It's a "Hey, all eyes on me!" moment. Nothing more. It's interesting that we have citizens who enjoy all the freedoms we have in this country pull this stunt, but you never see a veteran disrespecting the anthem just so everyone will notice him or her.
I'm not blindly following our current administration and I don't think anyone should ever do that. Any individual capable of reasonable thought can form their own opinions on all topics around us. And I'm not aware of any president in our history who got it right every time, so decide for yourself case by case, issue by issue. Not agreeing on everything is at the core of what makes us great. I listen to your ideas and you listen to mine, and we settle on a plan. If we can do that, together we will find the right path.
But there is one thing we can - and should - all agree on. The men and women that have served and continue to serve this country are better than the rest of us. They are special. They are heroes. And we should respect the hell out of that.
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