I am very disappointed and annoyed Angry too Over the pro athletes and other American citizens Exercising their misguided Freedom of expression During the National Anthem With Old Glory waving live On a stadium's viewing screen Or anywhere else!
Their respective reasons Regardless if it's personal or collective For kneeling and/or doing something else Other than to express one's respect ... accordingly Is an insulting mockery ... of A priceless unifying symbol Of national pride!
It is like ... spitting on The constitution And the Founding Fathers' other noble efforts; Our brave, honorable ... active troops; Law enforcement officers; Other first responders; All their respective veterans; The grave of every fallen hero; And the overwhelming majority of Americans Who feel the same as I do!
In fact, it is ironic and ignorant That anyone looking back in history Relative to that time period's cultural mindset, Bred from many generations, Even before 1776 Can argue ... that today's Cultural and social mindset Applies to the leaders of a generation Over 200 hundred years ago Without willing to grasp That there would be No USA and Her freedoms Enjoyed today Without gaining HER independence And the noble efforts of the Founding Fathers!
America's history Is HER past With striving not to repeat the unacceptable In HER history And that is what Every American should do Now and in the future!
I originally wrote these thoughts as a commentary and then decided to format them into a poem and created the associated video ... to better illustrated ... why I could no longer remain silent ... as expressed in "Spitting On Old Glory and Country".
It is all about being a proud American, who happens to be the owner and founder of the top site about showcasing pride of the USA ... along with having my youngest son, now a Marine veteran ... escaping a fallen's grave ... by a fraction of an inch while serving in Iraq during 2003. Also, my mother lost her twin brother (19) during World War II in Normandy a few weeks after D-Day.
I am also very proud of being related to the Father of USA History, George Bancroft.
So, I decided to exercise "my freedom of expression" with this video that has a commentary and a poem (links below) associated with it. I just could no longer remain silent ... after seeing and hearing ... some Americans unwillingness to grasp and/or care about ... Old Glory's priceless value to Americans like me ... who are among the "once silent" overwhelming majority ... It is a "red line to us" that should never be crossed!
Then there are some in the media ... who seem to forget ... that they don't represent ... the majority of Americans either!
It is illegal to use this poem without David Bancroft's permission.