What’s considered disrespectful to flag, veterans subject to change
By Don Flood
Oct 15, 2017 at 1:20 PM
Baltimore Ravens fans talks about their difference of opinions about kneeling during the anthem. (Baltimore Sun video)
I've been to ballgames where the national anthem is disrespected, so I can understand why people get upset.
I'm not talking about the players. I'm talking about people in the stands. They laugh, talk, slurp beer, head to the bathrooms — they can't even be bothered to take off their hats.
It's a rare game you don't see this behavior. (I will note, since I've been to games at all three stadiums, that Ravens fans are more polite than either Eagles or Redskins fans. The "Don't Be a Jerk" campaign seems to work.)
I haven't been to a game where a player took a knee, but I doubt it would bother me.
Taking a knee strikes me as a serious, even solemn, act, even if I disagreed with the reason behind it. It's far less objectionable than the casual disrespect so often displayed toward the flag and anthem.
Because his father was an admiral, he was offered an earlier release than his fellow prisoners. He turned it down.
That requires character of higher order than most of us possess, however much we'd like to think to the contrary. Not enough to impress Mr. Trump though.
Mr. Trump escaped the draft, claiming bone spurs in one of his feet. He can't remember which one. During those same years, he said, he was the best baseball player in New York City. It must have been a strange injury.
My point, however, is not to attack Mr. Trump. We all know he is what he is. I just wonder why people consider him as an acceptable messenger on this issue.
Even more bizarre, the president faces a full plate of serious issues: everything from North Korea to the continuing humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. And yet he and the vice president seek to divide Americans by stoking an emotional wedge issue. To what purpose?
We've gone 180 degrees on this issue. It's now perfectly acceptable for people to literally wrap themselves in the flag. You can wear it on your head. On your butt. Wherever.
One recent article favorably noted how fans booed players after they took a knee during the anthem. It was accompanied by a photo of a young woman. She was wearing an American flag on her head and a top that was cut out to direct maximum attention to her chest.
It was a weird get-up that some Americans, of an earlier day, would have considered disrespectful to the flag. But somehow I doubt she heard any complaints from present-day patriots.