by Monte Wells

When NFL players decided to ‘take the knee’ during presentations of the American Flag and the National Anthem they claimed to be protesting injustice, racism, and other social issues. Their employer, the NFL, decided to support its employees’ protest, and this has caused a huge backlash from devoted fans. I question the NFL participants’ choice to protest the flag and National Anthem because it seems contradictory to their claims that they’re protesting ‘injustice’ and ‘racism.’

When people choose to disrespect and protest the American Flag and the National Anthem what are they really protesting? Do symbols of the United States of America represent political parties, politics, social Injustice, racial conflicts, and man’s injustice on other men? To answer these questions we need to look at what these symbols represent.

The definition of a National Anthem is:

“a solemn patriotic song officially adopted by a country as an expression of national identity.”

Therefore, the purpose of an anthem is to bring people together to express national unity and identity.

Old Glory

What does the flag stand for? The symbolism of United States Flag, “Old Glory,” is clearly spelled out:

“Thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies that declared independence from England; fifty stars symbolize the current 50 United States.”

The colors: “White signifies purity and innocence; Red, hardiness & valour; and Blue, the color of the Chief (the broad band above the stripes) signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”

“Over two hundred years ago, the Second Continental Congress officially made the Stars and Stripes the symbol of America, going so far as to declare that the 13 stars gracing the original flag represented “a new constellation” with the ideal that America embodied a bright new hope and light for mankind.”

It’s clear that our National Anthem and “Old Glory” are symbols to remind us of the values this nation was founded on:

  • National Unity and Identity
  • Purity and Innocence
  • Hardiness & Valor
  • Vigilance
  • Perseverance & Justice
  • America as a bright new hope and light for mankind

Neither of these symbols represents any type of social Injustice or political agenda, just the opposite. So, should NFL fans assume that protests by players, coaches, and owners of the NFL teams are actually against America as a bright new hope and light for mankind, as well as the other values listed above? Are they really trying to abolish all things that symbolize our national greatness, unity and identity?

One would hope it was a simple, ignorant mistake on the players’ part when they took their protesting stance. If not, then one can only draw the conclusion that they are against all the hope and good this nation was founded upon. This makes them an enemy to the principles these symbols represent; a threat to the America we love.

The sad part about this is that mainstream media is attacking everyone, especially President Trump, who is questioning the actions of these NFL players. Have we slipped so far down the rabbit hole of socialism and anti-Americanism that we don’t even see or recognize the dangers anymore? Will we just tolerate it, then embrace it, and then proclaim that it is their right to destroy this nation and everything we believe in?

I would hope not.

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Setting the record straight on wilderness, environmental, rural, and recreation focused news in the West, and more specifically in Utah. I have a background is in local, and federal law enforcement, private security, and the Military, I have spent the last 11 years living in southeastern Utah where I utilize my love of the back country and my degree in Anthropology / Archaeology.
  • ratagonia

    Seriously?