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Old Glory stands for freedom and equality for all

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The flag of Lincoln carried by Union soldiers during the Civil War in their fight against Confederate Democrats was a symbol for all who wished to abolish slavery. For soldiers, white and black, it was the greatest honor to be chosen to carry the flag in battle even though they were unarmed and knew they would almost certainly die. But these men also understood the fight they were in, even their lives, was worth the cost. The American flag, to them, represented freedom, hope, equality and prosperity. Their belief in something greater than themselves is what drove them, is what drove their willing self-sacrifice.

William Carney was the first black man awarded the Medal of Honor. Carrying Old Glory during an attack on Ft. Wagner, Charleston, South Carolina after the first color-bearer had been killed. Carney was shot four times. Stumbling back to the Union lines, before collapsing, he gasped, “Boys, the old flag never touched the ground!” That was how he viewed the American flag.

Old Glory represents the forces that fought against slavery, the Confederate flag stood for those supporting it. To disrespect the American flag, to kneel when it should be saluted, is to show contempt for those millions who’ve fought and or died to provide every one of us the rights we enjoy today. Old Glory knows not what color skin carries her a – only that for which it stands — freedom from oppression, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and justice for all.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” — Ronald Reagan

President Reagan was right. But our current crop of athletes and Hollywood celebrities appear to be particularly susceptible to this stupidity. For example, JJ Watt (Houston Texans) recently assured us that kneeling protests are not about disrespecting the flag or our military. Why do supposedly intelligent people say this idiocy? It’s a protest that takes place during the time we honor our nation and it specifically takes place at that time because it’s meant to dishonor the nation. Know we see through your childish lies and idiotic rationalizations. Have the courage of your convictions and at least own what you’re doing!

I haven’t watched the NFL or NBA in over five years, so have avoided the last few seasons of televised protests. I certainly don’t want to see a bunch of overpaid athletes kneeling this fall just to appease their teammates, all the while assuring us it’s not about the flag — no, it’s never about the flag.

Guys, it’s obviously about the flag or you’d literally kneel at any other moment. Just own it. Liberals and progressives, if you think America sucks, just own it.

But here’s a reminder from the rest of us — even with all her warts, America is still the greatest country in the world.