I love a pretty new dress as much as the next girl. I hate disrespect for our flag. I made a choice to boycott NFL early this season when the organization allowed its teams and players to kneel during our National Anthem, in front of our flag. Their choice and my choice. Defending one’s beliefs and exercising the right to protest is part of our freedom. That freedom was established by the Declaration of Independence and hard won in the Revolutionary War. It is defended and honored every minute of the day, through the last 242 years by our veterans, and at this exact moment by our military. And our flag flies throughout it all.
Last night I made a simple sacrifice to honor our Veterans. I boycotted the SuperBowl and physically stood during it–from about 6:20 pm until 10:18 pm, EST with a 10-minute sitting break to eat a bite of dinner and about 10 seconds to start my halftime show from my laptop. It’s on FB, if you want to see it. I walked around and didn’t stand in one place, so it wasn’t too hard, but by 9:30 my legs started to ache a bit. No big deal.
My halftime show featured Metallica and ‘Enter Sandman’. I chose it as it isn’t pansy Justin TImberlake music and it was the theme entrance song for the great Mariano Rivera, the stunning Closer for the NY Yankees and a great man that came to the USA from Panama and became a citizen the legal way. It also honors MLB, an organization that would never allow its players to disrespect the flag.
I heard from my Christian friends that I missed out on the team coach, MVP and the winning tight end giving praise and glory to God, so why was I still boycotting? I love the fact that God was proclaimed. My beef is with the NFL. They are ruining the game and allowing outside distractions to make political points. There is much to disagree on, but as Americans we have one common binder: our flag. This is non-negotiable: respect for the American flag, no matter what our issues are regarding race, religion, social justice, etc. The flag is the flag. As long as the NFL allows team members to take a knee, I refuse to watch it. I made a tiny sacrifice last night to honor our veterans and military, who defend our flag. God Bless America.