- - Thursday, January 25, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The National Football League (NFL) rejected a Super Bowl advertisement from American Veterans, a veteran’s organization, which urged people to stand for the national anthem, claiming such an ad would constitute a “political statement” and violate the spirit of the game. Is the NFL implying that during those years in public school, when my generation stood and sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” during weekly formal assemblies, we were making a political statement, not simply celebrating patriotism?

I feel so bad for my fellow students now, especially the lefties, realizing they were helpless victims of political coercion. Imagine the pain they must have endured being coerced to subjugate their political beliefs to repeat such a repugnant political statement as the national anthem. I think the entire baby boomer generation should declare itself an oppressed victim group, and demand the creation of a new governmental watchdog agency to prevent such future abuse of power. In the meantime, I’m sure the Democratic Party could make room for one more victim group into its cadre of the oppressed and forsaken.

But seriously, does anything better illuminate the balkanization of this country into a collection of angry victim groups than the fact so many people, including the NFL, acquiesce to the radical left’s claim that standing to honor the flag and national anthem is politically divisive? What’s next on the left’s hit list? Someone complaining that Americans still “cling to their guns and Bibles”? Oops.

 

KEN BECKERT



Abingdon, Md.

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