The US flag protects a diversity of opinion? Wrong.

Hola a todos. I don’t pay any attention to sports, so I wasn’t aware that some corporate, major league sports players were still kneeling during the US national anthem. Good for them! I thought that had stopped. I’m assuming readers know what I’m talking about.

You may remember that El Hombre Naranja/The Orange Man called the white supremacists in Charlottesville (Virginia) who killed an innocent woman, “very fine people.” But he called these Black athletes who are kneeling in protest on sports field during the national anthem, “sons of bitches.” He’s so very “presidential,” isn’t he? [sarcasm intended]. And recently, at least one white player (Bruce Maxwell from Oakland) joined the Black players in protest. Good for him!

What prompted this article was that the Editorial Board of one of the major corporate US East Coast news sites wrote an article titled: “This is what the flag stands for, mr president.” They had “mr president” in initial caps. I have it in all lower case to denote a complete lack of respect for the current occupant of la casa blanca/the white house. I wish this Editorial Board had done some very basic research before writing their article because they exposed their ignorance. A bit surprising that an Editorial Board of a major corporate site would be so ignorant about the US Constitution. Although these days, I guess one should not expect better since stupidity and willful-ignorance are fashionable. In their article, they confused the US flag with the US Constitution. One thing they wrote was: “the real way to respect the American flag is to respect the diversity of opinion it protects.” (Related: The US is not “America”). The US flag does not protect a diversity of opinion. The US Constitution does that through the First Amendment. The US flag does not protect anything. The US flag is a piece of cloth with designs on it. It’s merely a symbol, and today the US flag represents disgusting and rampant US imperialism worldwide, the maiming and killing of innocent people worldwide, the destruction of sovereign nations, the removal of their politicians who are not in lockstep with the US neocon’s Project For The New American Century (PNAC) document/agenda, and the stealing of the natural resources of other sovereign nations, and currently, the daily bullying of el mundo/the world and its people — major league sports teams as of this writing — by an utterly incompetent, deranged and insane child in a man’s body who’s ultimate goal is to be a despot. All of this and more from this cesspool of a country, the US/los Estados Unidos, that pretends to be “a Christian nation.” Ha! The US is a nation of Christian frauds. Christian phonies. Christians in name-only. Jesus, known as the Prince of Peace, would be appalled at the Christian frauds in the US today — including D and R corporate politicians — engaged in the exact opposite of what he taught. He would also be appalled that this country claims to be “a Christian nation” while it engages in very anti-Christian policies, such as the PNAC agenda. It seems that all of these politicians and their very devout partisan supporters missed this commandment:“Thou Shalt Not Kill” while they pretend to be a Christian. And the Orange Man’s “church” is a golf course. He’s another despicable Christian fraud. And he recently bombed Libya for the first time since he’s been in office. How very Christian. The US of Hypocrisy is what this country should be called.

But back to the US flag. I wish people would/could get as worked up and emotional about the US Constitution as they do about some flag and the national anthem. But it’s so much easier for stupid (many likely illiterate) simpleton sheep to only be concerned about symbols (a flag) than all of those big words in the US Constitution. Do they even know what the US Constitution is? I suspect many, if not most, don’t. That corporate Editorial Board I mentioned earlier didn’t seem to know much about it. When the barbaric US Military Industrial Complex sends troops to kill innocent people around the world based on cooked-up lies, contrary to the usual pabulum spewed by the US Oligarchy, the troops are not “fighting for or to protect our freedoms” because our freedoms are already guaranteed in the US Constitution. No nation can attack or destroy our Constitution. Nor are the troops “fighting for democracy” because the US doesn’t give a fuck about democracy in its own country, let alone anywhere else on the planet. The US and its corrupt D and R millionaire politicians are solely concerned about their own financial interests based in corporate greed. Nor are the troops fighting for any of the other emotional, warm and fuzzy, feel-good lies and pabulum that these corrupt D and R corporate parasite politicians spew to get the gullible sheep/public to fall in line once again with yet another fraudulent scheme so that these corrupt politicians can make more millions/billions of dollars (war profiteering) off the lives of other people in other countries and the stealing of their natural resources for US Empire building and world domination (PNAC).

As for the US national anthem, why is that played at sporting events to begin with? Answer: To instill nationalism in unthinking, gullible, stupid sheep. Any moron can stand up in the stands holding a US flag or engaged in that “hand over heart” routine. Ask these fake-patriotic fools about the US Constitution and you’ll get a blank stare. “The US Constitution? What’s that?” Why is the US flag dragged out at corporate sports events covering the entire field? Purely for US military recruitment and to instill ugly nationalism in the sheeple. As I’ve written before, the US national anthem glorifies war (“bombs bursting in air, rockets red glare”) and tacky nationalism. Musically speaking, aside from beginning with an A Flat Major arpeggio, it’s poorly written making it difficult to sing because of the extreme vocal range required. By comparison, the British national anthem, “God Save the Queen,” is a much better and more dignified anthem, and it’s in hymn style. It has a much narrower vocal range. The text of “God Save the Queen” does not celebrate militarism, but rather the sovereign/monarch.

The stupid-is-in mainstream sheep attending corporate sporting events get all emotionally worked up over the national anthem standing there with their “hand over heart” nonsense, although I suspect the majority of them don’t even know most of the words. They stand and mumble it — or remain silent — while feeding their face with junk food in the stands and mindlessly chanting “USA! USA! USA!” Basura.

Consistently, it’s the weak and ignorant among us who get so wrapped up in nationalistic symbols such as the flag as well as the national anthem. Instead of flying the US flag, people should fly the US Constitution, what remains of it after the Bush and Obama regimes began shredding it. And under El Hombre Naranja/The Orange Man, the shredding job on the US Constitution continues.

If must one display the US flag (again, which protects nothing including a “diversity of opinion”), it should be displayed/flown in the “nation in distress” mode — since we are clearly a nation in distress — where the flag is turned upside down. One could actually walk on, stomp on and/or burn the US flag and it would do absolutely nothing to harm this cesspool of a country.

If you want to hear a really good national anthem, here’s an arrangement below. Up above, I mentioned the British national anthem, “God Save The Queen.” (Composer Thomas Arne wrote the music). This arrangement is by the late Sir David Willcocks. He needs no introduction. He wrote this arrangement for the Royal Wedding (Charles and Diana) which comes complete with a descant on the second verse for the trebles/choir boys. Here’s the performance of that from the wedding with St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral Choir, The British State Trumpeters and the cathedral’s Great Organ. It’s a glorious arrangement, especially the second verse. The US national anthem doesn’t even compare! Chau.—el barrio rosa


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11 comments on “The US flag protects a diversity of opinion? Wrong.

  1. D8

    I was on two message forums today re the kneeling during the national anthem. Nearly everyone hating on the players and their comments are dripping with emotion over the anthem and flag. Most people say the anthem is the country and the flag is the country and how both are being disrespected. One person brought up the United States Constitution and First Amendment rights and these protests. THat went over everyone’s head because no one gets emotional over the Constitution. They don’t care about it. People never respond to that type of comment. They just give it a thumbs down.

  2. E in Sunnyvale

    Sick, sad country. This whole thing is starting to play out like a Sinclair Lewis novel more and more every day.

  3. castro local

    wusses. the bully is insisting that nfl players stand for the national anthem “tomorrow and always.” two teams have already caved and say they will stand. what other wusses will cave to the bully? we’ll find out.

  4. Y

    I support the players but it seems that most of the fans don’t. Aren’t most of the fans Orange Man’s supporters?

  5. Wes in Arlington

    I’ve never heard that arrangement of “God Save the Queen.” That’s fantastic. How often is that performed? Thx.

    1. el barrio rosa Post author

      Hola Wes, it’s rarely performed unfortunately because of the musical forces required to perform it. And since it was written for St Paul’s Cathedral it has a different “sound” when it’s performed in another venue. They used it for the Last Night of the Proms (BBC Proms) awhile back, but in my opinion, it wasn’t nearly as grand and glorious because 1) the rather dry Royal Albert Hall does not have the cathedral’s acoustics and 2) they didn’t use trebles for the descant but rather the soprano section of the BBC Symphony Chorus. They sang it well as I remember, but their soprano section didn’t sound like boys, even though the BBC Symphony Chorus sings without vibrato fortunately. I’ve not seen the score, but if I remember correctly, this arrangement requires a huge Chorus in addition to the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys (2-3 Symphonic Choruses combined) — The Bach Choir was part of the Royal Wedding which you don’t see in that video — as well as the British State Trumpeters. Gracias to everyone for your comments. Chau.

  6. Wes in Arlington

    This article will be an education for stupid people…..the majority of people in this country. I mean, when you have an editorial board that doesn’t know the basics and they’re supposed to be intelligent people, there’s little hope for the rest….especially the orange man’s supporters. Don’t even try to educate them. They think the earth is flat.

  7. strangetimes

    i read that some restaurants have stopped showing nfl game broadcasts because of the national anthem protests, and players are getting death threats.

  8. D8

    I love it when you tell it like it is, which you don’t always do. I think it depends upon your mood. Makes sense.
    I enjoyed God Save the Queen this morning. Very uplifting. Helped put me in a good mood to start my day. That’s a beautiful arrangement. So grand. Just now enjoyed the Norwegian national anthem. That’s right up there with the British one.

    And then there’s ours. :-(
    Not worth listening to or playing.

    Like you and E, I don’t pay attention to sports but completely support the players taking the knee.

  9. E in Sunnyvale

    at least one white player (Bruce Maxwell from Oakland) joined the Black players in protest. Good for him!

    Yes, good for him indeed. But it saddens me that he’s apparently the only one…? I don’t know since I don’t follow “Sportsball” either.

    As a ‘wegian, I have to share another truly beautiful national anthem (this is a “short” version – the full version is quite long and rarely sung):

    Love ya’s

    1. el barrio rosa Post author

      Hola E, yes that is beautiful and also in hymn-style like the British national anthem. Very well sung there too. I don’t know if Bruce Maxwell is the only white player kneeling. The white player I saw standing next to Bruce had his hand on Bruce’s shoulder in solidarity. I thought that was rather lame. Forget this hand-on-shoulder stuff, get on your knee! Gracias for your comment and for the national anthem link. Chau.

Fin. The End.