Personally I have never liked the Star Spangled Banner, as our National Anthem.
It is an anthem about war.
“Rockets’ red glare and bomb bursting in the air” all about death and destruction.
The flag of the United States of America (USA) represent a lot more than just the military.
The first thing that the average American say when the National Anthem or the flag of the USA is disrespected is that our military men and women have been disrespected.
When Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem; everyone who criticised him said he was disrespecting the military, and the men and women who have served.
The people of the USA have been programmed over the last century to only think of our anthem and flag as it relates to the military.
We have been conditioned for the past 65 years or so to associated our flag and anthem only with the military.
The corporate elites have told us that we are enjoying our freedom as Americans because our military has fought for our freedom.
Which recent war did the US military fight in which guarantee our freedoms as citizens of the USA?
Was it the wars in Korea; Vietnam; Iraq; or the war in Afghanistan; the war on drugs; the war on poverty?
Or maybe the military invasions during the 20th century of Grenada; Panama; Haiti; Nicaragua; Dominican Republic; the Philippines; Lebanon?
Which one of these wars and military interventions in poor countries guaranteed our freedom as American citizens?
When was the last time any other nation threatened to invade the USA?
The US military is not the only reason why we have remained a free nation.
It is because of our Democratic principles.
And the Constitution of the USA is the foundation of those principles.
When was the last time the US military prevented a foreign governments from changing our Constitution?
ALL Americans are responsible for protecting those Democratic principles.
Not just the members of the US military.
Just because a person may be in the US military; doesn’t mean they know more about the US Constitution than the average non military civilians.
I spent over 20 years in the US military and I know that many military members are just as ignorant about the Democratic principles that our national laws are based on.
I believe that the reason why The Star Spangled Banner was adopted as our National Anthem; was because the USA was becoming a militaristic, imperialist nation.
The ‘Corporate Elites’ has been using the US military as their strong arm goons.
The US military is being used to ensure that the American corporations will continued to rob the natural resources of weak nations around the world.
For the past 10 years or so the US corporations have instructed all their employees; to say to all active duty and retired military members they encounter: “Thank you for your military service.”
Yes, thank you for the billions of dollars our corporations have made because of the USA’s recent, military interventions in foreign countries.
These corporation through the mass media that they own and control; have elevated and deified the military and military members.
If someone disrespects the flag or the anthem, then according to what they have told us; that is disrespecting the military, and the brave men and women who have served, to keep our nation free.
Serving in the military is a noble profession; but so is the profession of the garbage collector, the truck driver, farmers, teachers, postal workers etc.
The cessation of any of these professions would cause havoc in our country.
The media want us to forget that the majority of the worse serial killers and mass murderers in our history were former military members.
Just to name a few of the more prominent ones:
David Berkowitz (son of sam)
Gary Ridgway (the green river murders)
Dennis Rader (btk killer)
Danny Rollins (Gainsville, Florida murders)
Robert Lee Yates
Randy Stevens Kraft
Robert James Acremant
Gary M. Heidnik
And there are many, many more besides these.
Do your own research.
And then there are the mass murders who were also former military members:
John Allen Muhammad
Yes, thank you serial killers and mass murderers for your military service.
I repeat my questions.
Why is it that every time an American citizen protest by not respecting the flag or the National Anthem, the first thing people say is; that they are disrespecting the military?
When did everything about the flag and anthem become exclusively about the military?
We have to stop believing that a military profession is greater, and more significant to our nation than any other profession.
It is because of the sly, hidden promotion of the corporations that are part of the Military Industrial Complex; why Americans have become so fascinated with the military and military members.
Through their propaganda with numerous television shows and movies glorifying the military; they have made it seem that the military and military member are a special class of Americans.
That propaganda is only for the average American.
The rich upper class don’t believe that.
That is why their children rarely join the military.
They want the lower classes to feel special about their loved ones who die during their military service.
They don’t want them to think that their family members’ lives were really sacrificed in order to enable these corporations to continue making billions of dollars.
Our present National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, serves corporate interests.
Corporations that have made billions of dollars because of military contracts.
An anthem about war and fighting had to be programmed into the minds of America’s children from an early age.
Now the glorification of the military is all the US flag and National Anthem represents.
Other Americans should join Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest.
Not necessarily for the same reasons as Colin’s; but to show our disagreement with the militaristic, imperialistic behaviour of our government for the past 65 years.
The Star Spangled Banner, is a National Anthem that promotes the aim of the Military Industrial Complex.
It is time to dump The Star Spangled Banner, as our National Anthem; and replace it with America The Beautiful.
O beautiful for spacious skies,