BY T.F. STERN
I’ve been scratching my brain trying to figure out what happened; I mean, (in my best Arlo Guthrie voice), I mean… how come so many Americans seem to hate just about everything that makes America great. The latest attention grabbing news for those who may have just finished the crop circle after traveling millions of miles in their alien space craft…taking a knee in protest to our National Anthem prior to participating in a sporting event. (Image courtesy of Wikipedia)
The news media has been playing on this since it makes them lots of money; viewers can’t get enough. You do understand that most of the major news media outlets are nothing more than propaganda centers for the far left (communists); tell me you knew this already, you did know this, right?
Here’s a link to one of the many articles which list the 45 ways to destroy America as pointed out in Cleon Skousen’s book “The Naked Communist”. Consider this one of the lessons you might have missed; it’s important.
There are so many lessons about life in America as to make it difficult to fathom which ones were the ones missed by those who hate it so much. Maybe these will help…
Several years ago my father in law had a medical condition and had been staying with us until his health returned. When the phone rang it meant someone needed a locksmith and I’d write down the particulars as I prepared to go. My father in law blurted out, “You have to go to work now.”, his face implying the drudgery of making a living. I turned to him, smiled and corrected him, “No; now I get to go to work.” It’s all about appreciating opportunities.
I remember reading an account of the British blasting Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor while brave men within made sure the Star Spangled Banner remained upright and visible for all to see. How many men gave their all for the cause of Liberty; that’s right, so that you and I can enjoy that Liberty even today?
Yes, I stand when the National Anthem is played; you couldn’t hold me down if you tried. It’s a simple way of showing gratitude for those who fought and died for those intangible God given inalienable rights mentioned in our Declaration of Independence.
Some of you might find it hard to believe; but this land we call America was set apart long ago as a choice land held in reserve for a worthy people, a people who would follow God’s laws and be a shining light upon a hill for the rest of the world to see.
“Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written.”
God’s only begotten Son, Jesus Christ gave his life for all of us; the ultimate sacrifice. Here in America we can follow the dictates of our heart and worship Him; at least that hasn’t changed, at least not yet.
Yes, I stand when the National Anthem is played. That special tune reminds me to show gratitude for this land of Liberty we call America. No, I don’t have to stand when they play that tune…That’s right… I get to stand!
Self-Educated American, Senior Editor, T.F. Stern is both a retired City of Houston police officer and, most recently, a retired self-employed locksmith (after serving that industry for 40 plus years). He is also a gifted political and social commentator. His popular and insightful blog, T.F. Sterns Rantings, has been up and at it since January of 2005.