B.GillisI'm still stuck in the middle when it comes to how I feel about all of this.
I understand why, I understand the message but I still think there could be a better way to go about it all. It's not like taking a knee or skipping the anthem is hurting anyone but I just question what will it really change? It might spread awareness for the time being but not as much awareness as getting out in the community and influencing change will.
I can easily see why people get offended though. It righteously pissed me off at first but I've come to terms with it. I guess I've just always had a boat load of patriotism and I never saw an issue with the national anthem or the pledge of allegiance. I mean fuck there are people out there who have fought their entire lives just to be able to call a place what they want and fly the flag that they want with out being persecuted and everyone is so quick to shit on ours when we easily have it better than 99% of the world.
I generally can't stand the media naysayers but in this case I think there are many sides to blame and many many under-educated folks who need to research just what life is really like outside of their living rooms and suburban utopias.
I'm pretty up in the air on the actual protest thing. I don't care in anyway, but a lot of people just want to protest, without having much of a plan or sometimes even a good reason for protesting.
That said I can't understand why anyone could freak out about it. This country was founded for the people and their freedoms, not a bunch of symbols. I get how burning the flag is disrespectful(not that it bothers me) but this is a fucking song. People melt down when somebody doesn't take their hat off. People freaked out about the pledge(which is retarded and should get the boot)
I feel like American's are so stuck in a fucked up nationalistic trance of "rah rah Murica rulez!" "These colors don't run!" 'Americas like the best country ever!" etc, that they forget that there is more to life than a flag, a song, and even the country they were born in.
I think a lot of people are just objective lacking nascar loving fanboys for this country. America is a great place, but we don't need to obsessively dickride the hype train to be good Americans. I get that that's the pitch that we seem to be given, but sweet jesus.
Also, from watching how people vote and the issues they argue about it, it seems that most people really just give a fuck about the symbols. They'll vote for fucked candidates, support ridiculous causes, deny people including themselves freedoms, just don't touch the flag or their fucking nascar.