By Emery V. Swagerty of Liberal
The article about Kevin Blackstone’s opinion on playing the national anthem prior to ball games leads me to wonder, what will be the next liberal attack on our culture?
In his complaint, he says “the first National Anthem was played in the World Series back in 1917, and it’s time for people to back away.”
But the fact is, the Star Spangled Banner wasn’t even adopted as our national anthem until 1931. What else does he want to back away from just because it’s 80 to 100 years old?
He should back away from his misuse of words, such as conflate. He claims “You are conflating a war anthem with a simple game…”
Conflating is to combine two or more different ideas into one idea. Is he saying that games are becoming more warlike due to the national anthem being played before the game starts? Is he saying the games are becoming more song-like, or is the song becoming more game-like? What is he trying to say about it that’s even detrimental to either part of the combination?
It rings hollow, as I believe it’s just a liberal attempt to remove any reference to war, especially if there is any positive connotation, as in the case of a patriotic song like the Star Spangled Banner.
He, himself, is confusing patriotism with warfare. He doesn’t back up any valid reason for discontinuing the practice of playing the Star Spangled Banner before games. It would be far better to add the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance either before or after the national anthem, but he’d probably find some excuse to complain about that, as well.
Mr. Blackstone strikes me as a liberal gun-o-phobe who doesn’t even like the Star-Spangled Banner because it doesn’t demonize war or firearms. It doesn’t glorify war itself, but the patriotic defense of liberty. It’s a patriotic song that illustrates the heroism that that our founders exemplified in protecting the freedoms we have in this country.
If it weren’t for such freedoms, guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of the Constitution, Mr. Blackstone could get shipped to Siberia or its equivalent, just for disagreeing with the government. He lives in a country where he can express his opinion, no matter how lame or inane it is.
You don’t hear any liberals calling rappers on the carpet for cop-killing lyrics and advocating violence in general, but when a historic song portrays wartime patriotism during the American Revolution, they are somehow offended. Instead of praising the sacrifice of our forefathers in winning us these freedoms, he chooses to ignore the very acknowledgement of same.
Some people have put forward the idea of adopting American the Beautiful or God Bless America to replace the Star Spangled Banner as the national anthem. I think that’s also a dumbing down of our culture, and it further pushes the fight for freedom to the back of our collective minds in the hopes we’ll forget how precious those freedoms are and that they are worth the fight.
My dad was a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, and he told me that those other songs don’t hold a candle to the Star Spangled Banner in the feelings evoked in the spirit of a veteran.
That’s what the national anthem is about, patriotic pride in your country.
If Mr. Blackman doesn’t like to be, in his own words, “forced to sit through it,” let him choose not to attend ball games. I doubt anyone will miss him, and it will free up a seat for a patriotic American to take his place in the stadium.
His complaints of the Star Spangled Banner portray him as very unpatriotic, and unfortunately much like Michelle Obama, someone who’s not spent most of their life as a “proud American.” (You might recall that Mrs. Obama said during the 2008 campaign that she’d never been proud of being an American until her husband got the nomination.)