The most patriotic thing an American can do is advocate for a better tomorrow. If you consider a drunk person running around with a flag thong on as they shout propaganda slogans more patriotic than any person protesting the violation of our rights, you have no idea what patriotism means, and no idea what the American flag stands for. This country is literally built on protest and going against the grain to build a better union. You lash out against people who respectfully kneel during a song, but applaud nazis shouting anti-diversity, anti-American slogans. You are more concerned about hand and crowd size than the future of our children. Put down your phone and pick up some books if you don’t comprehend this, Mr. President, and if you still can’t comprehend it, hand in your resignation before the American people turn your own words against you - “You’re fired!”
If patriotism were defined, not as blind obedience to government, not as submissive worship to flags and anthems, but rather as love of one’s country, one’s fellow citizens (all over the world), as loyalty to the principles of justice and democracy, then patriotism would require us to disobey our government, when it violated those principles.
Howard Zinn, The Zinn Reader: Writings on Disobedience and Democracy
The Anthem Veterans Memorial in Anthem, Arizona. Every Veteran’s Day (November 11) at 11:11 AM, the sun perfectly aligns with the pillars and shines through the ellipses to illuminate the Great Seal of the United States.
SO back in during the revolutionary war the British soliders sang a song called Yanke Doodle (which is now a famous American song and even the state anthem of Connecticut).
SO MY QUESTION TO YOU IS, WHAT DOES THIS SONG HAVE IN COMMON WITH THE 2004 GREEN DAY SONG AMERICAN IDIOT?
1. Okay so American Idiot is quite simple what the title means. But you don’t really know what Yankee Doodle means right.
Okay so Yankee is basically an American person. But what the fuck is a doodle?
Wait wait. So Doodle means “fool” right. Technically this means that the song is literally called American Idiot. But that’s not everything.
2. The meaning in American Idiot is according to Wikipedia that Green Day and Billy Armstrong makes fun of the American people.
“American Idiot” contends that mass media has orchestrated paranoia and
idiocy among the public. Citing cable news coverage of the Iraq War, Billie Joe Armstrong recalled, “They had all these Geraldo-like
journalists in the tanks with the soldiers, getting the play-by-play.“
He felt with that, American news crossed the line from journalism to reality television, showcasing violent footage intercut with advertisements.
Armstrong went on to write the song after hearing the Lynyrd Skynyrd song "That’s How I Like It” on his car radio. “It was like, ‘I’m proud to be a redneck’ and I was like, 'oh my God, why would you be proud of something like that?’ This is exactly what I’m against.”
But what is the meaning of Yankee Doodle? According to Wikipedia:
“Traditions place its origin in a pre-Revolutionary War song originally sung by British military officers to mock the disheveled, disorganized colonial “Yankees” with whom they served in the French and Indian War, apparently written c. 1755 by British Army surgeon Dr. Richard Shuckburgh while campaigning in upper New York.
The British troops sang it to make fun of their stereotype of the
American soldier as a Yankee simpleton who thought that he was stylish
if he simply stuck a feather in his cap.
You see a pattern here? Yankee Doodle IS LITERALLY A 18TH CENTURY VERSION OF AMERICAN IDIOT.
#Onthisday in 1968, sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos clenched their fists in protest during the Mexico City Olympics. Their gesture attracted the attention of international audiences and gained support from around the world, however, Smith and Carlos were ostracized at home. Peter Norman, the Australian silver medalist, also joined the protest in solidarity by wearing an Olympic Project for Human Rights (OPHR) badge on his uniform.
During the medal ceremony for the 200-meter sprint, Smith and Carlos dressed in black socks and no shoes as a symbol for African American Poverty, a black glove symbolizing unity and strength, and a scarf and beads in honor of lynching victims. They bowed their heads and raised their fists as the United States National Anthem played. Following the protest, the U.S. Olympic Committee suspended the two athletes. #APeoplesJourney #ANationsStory
Tony was fucking exhausted as hell. He’s been woke the past four days going over the accords and going to press conferences to fix the mess that team cap caused. The accords weren’t prefect but they were better than before.
He’s been stressed out every since the whole “team iron man vs team cap” ordeal. He really wanted to take a long ass vacation away from everything and everyone. Maybe leave earth all together. He’s considering taking Peter up on his offer about joining him and the others.
“Brandy you’re a fine girl. What a good wife you’d be,” Peter sang as he walked over to Tony.
“Peter no, not now,” Tony sighed as Peter pulled him up from his chair.
“Oh come on, dance with me Tone.” Peter pulling him close and wrapped his arms around his waist.
“You’re annoying you know that right?” Tony grumbled as he wrapped his arms around Peter’s neck.
Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) by Looking Glass began to play in the background.
The pair began to sway slightly. “Brandy, you’re a fine girl, what a good wife you would be,” Peter sang as he twirled Tony.
“But my life, my love, and my lady is the sea,” He sang as he looked deeply in Tony’s eyes.
“My mom loved this song. It was like her and Ego’s anthem,” Peter states as Tony lays his head on his shoulder.
“Maybe it become ours now?” Peter smiles replying, “Yeah, maybe.”
The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states:
“The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.
“During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.” ……..
Here’s one for the worthless athletes
This says it all:
You want to take a knee?
Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. If you don’t know where that is, just Google it from the sidelines. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won’t be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle, so just wait your turn.Take your cleats and socks off to get a real experience. Then take a knee.
Then, take one at the beach in Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to pieces…the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets from enemy fire.
Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. from Khe San to Saigon…Anywhere will do. Americans died in all those jungles.There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as well..and spit on for reasons only cowards know.
Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat..Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress…Your number won’t be printed on it unless your number is up! You’ll need to stay hydrated but there won’t be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. You’re on your own.
There’s a lot of places to take a knee. Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That’s what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a sea of it defending your liberty.
While you’re on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of ground taken…but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains…every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.
No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans…just American men and women…delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us…blazing a path so you would have the right to “take a knee.”
You haven’t an inkling what it took to get you where you are…but your “protest” is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your jersey is retired…
If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on Sunday and we’ll both kneel before Almighty God. We’ll thank him for preserving this country for as long as He has. We’ll beg forgiveness for our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We’ll appeal to Him for understanding and wisdom. We’ll pray for liberty and justice for all…because He is the one who provides those things.
But there will be no protest. There will only be gratitude for His provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of the free and the home of the brave. It goes like this…