The social narrative of late informs us that the patriotic displays we all used to think of as pretty generic are now tantamount to expressions of specific political ideals.
Of course, the demonization of garden-variety patriotism is the work of our pals on the left. We’re all familiar with NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the playing of the national anthem before football games. To Kaepernick and his ideological brethren, the national anthem is not simply that; it is an expression of ideology, and thus something with which to take issue.
The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots visited the White House this week, and a great many members of the team chose to pass on the trip. Why? Because now, anyone who has achieved any level of notoriety and goes to the White House is declaring that he or she is in lockstep with the policies of its occupant, and those who disagree with those policies don’t want to be seen as making such a declaration.
Along these same lines, Craig Calcaterra, a baseball writer for NBC Sports, decided to take issue this past weekend with the Atlanta Braves for unfurling an enormous American flag as a part of the presentation of the national anthem before the start of the game.
In a twitter post that included a photo of the massive flag, Calcaterra snidely wrote, “Will you keep politics out of sports, please? We like sports to be politics-free.” He was being sarcastically critical of the display, suggesting that a pro sports team displaying an American flag like that is “political.”
Not simply patriotic; but political.
Because nowadays, everything is.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At large