It may seem hard to believe these days, but American’s used to have a backbone. That’s right, American’s used to stand for things they believed in and traditions. We used to take pride in our country, but it seems those days are gone. Sure, not all American’s fall in this category, but far too many do.
It started many years ago, but has really taken a new turn in recent years. Years ago, no one would have ever considered taking a knee for a national anthem. Yet here we are and in 2019 national sports team players and NFL football players have made it mainstream. These people are celebrated in pop culture for taking a knee, when we used to celebrate those who took a stand.
Two more issues came to light this week that continue to highlight how American’s have lost a backbone. Earlier this week, a NBA owner put out a tweet that commented on the Hong Kong protests. The statement was quickly deleted, but China immediately responded with backlash over the tweet. This put events and games at risk for the NBA. The NBA took a neutral stance trying to save it’s business, rather than supporting those fighting for rights and even freedom.
Yes, the basic ideas behind freedom. Those ideas that we used to stand for as American’s, we have to remain neutral about now because it might offend someone or cause a loss of money. These core beliefs have gone away much like the traditions and other things that must go away to keep from offending anyone.
The left has attacked traditional marriage, they have attacked religion and much more. The left has waged a war on anything that was separate from politics in the past. Traditions are not allowed anymore. Just yesterday, a basic tradition in sports was attacked.
I am not an Atlanta Braves fan, but I am a fan of traditions, such as baseball. I read this article at ESPN where an opposing player complained because of a Braves tradition called the “tomahawk chop.” This has been a tradition of the Atlanta Braves for as long as I can recall. Yet, we must put an end to it now because someone feels offended?
Do you remember when American’s stood for something? I remember when it was expected you would stand for the national anthem. Even further back, American’s used to take pride in just simple freedom and being an American. I remember experiencing some of this after 9/11 and I have heard stories about this from WW2. We didn’t apologize for being American or taking pride in our accomplishments. Now, we must apologize for being successful, because we have had some form of privilege.
As Americans, we must get over this spineless culture we have created. We must start standing for things. There’s nothing wrong with tradition. Your tradition can be different from mine, but we should have some form of traditions. My family might have traditions of church, family meals or trips. You may have traditions of football, grilling competitions or TV watching. In the end, we need something free from politics to bring us together.
I should not have to change my beliefs, stance, or traditions just so I do not offend you. Sometimes, we have to realize that we are different. Our American history is so great because we realized we were a nation of different people. Disagreement is not hate, as the left says, it’s simply standing for something. It’s something we used to do as Americans.
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