The flag and the anthem are powerful visual and vocal symbols of who America really is. This “we the people” phrase is not just a mantra. No king, no khan, no Communist Party. No dictator. We are not a nation led by a “strong man” or founded around a tribe sharing race as our uniting force.
We are — or we were — united by the single idea of individual liberty. We express that individual liberty by having no government other than “we the people.” We the people express that government in our Constitution; we carry it out through our elected Congress and President. We celebrate it and remind each other of how precious liberty is and how rare liberty is through our national symbols.
America is an idea, a dream, an aspiration, an experiment — a fragile experiment at that. We always were; we always will be for so long as the USA lasts. We are abnormal to the human race. We took power back from the powerful, and wrote a plan of limited, self-government, in the king’s place. Never before, had this been done by any people, anywhere.
The loss of respect for our national symbols reflects the loss of understanding among our people of who we are. Such a misunderstanding of America is dangerous to us all. Everyone here should wake up every day glowing in gratitude that he is here, participating in this glorious experiment. The success depends on each of us. The Founders are long dead; they could only declare themselves independent. It is up to each generation of Americans to continue to insist on independence from those who from within claw their way toward greater power, and from those enemies outside who watch for us to weaken enough to be conquered.
I am not so angry with the likes of NFL players who show such ignorance, as I am at those who taught them to be so dangerously foolish.