It’s the trend that wouldn’t die. What we might have hoped would begin and end with a football player’s attempt at national notoriety has now grown to sweep other NFL stars, soccer players, celebrities, high school sports jocks, and even politicians up in the anti-American fervor. When it comes to the national anthem, leftists want sitting to become the new standing.
The latest member of this misbegotten movement is Missouri State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed – a Democrat, in case you had any doubts. The St. Louis representative sat in her seat on Wednesday when the rest of the Senate stood for the Pledge of Allegiance.
“I decided to not stand for the pledge of allegiance today to stand in solidarity with the cause of injustice that Colin Kaepernick has shined a bright light upon,” she said in a statement. “I am not anti-America, and in fact, it is because I love this country that I take this stand.”
Right, but see, that’s ridiculous. The Pledge and the anthem are our (sole?) opportunities to put aside those things we dislike about America and celebrate our love for those things we love about this great country. It’s a time to temporarily set our disagreements down and remember all of those brave men and women who have sacrificed so much in service of freedom. It’s a time to unite as one nation, under God, and remember that no matter the “injustices” we might see in this great land, we are all still extremely fortunate to live in this time, in this place.
But when you have a laundry list of issues with America like Nasheed, that is probably hard to comprehend. According to her statement, she is protesting the following injustices:
Police brutality, poverty and underfunded public schools, voter ID laws, the (too small) size of Medicaid, the minimum wage, gender pay inequality, mass incarceration, and economic racial disparity.
When you get to a certain point in your list of blame and hate, there’s really not much left. Or, if there is, you certainly can’t see it. Not even through the rockets’ red glare, apparently.