By Chris Rossini
San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has ruffled some feathers with his refusal to stand for the national anthem. Let's put Kaepernick's motivations aside and analyze the whole national anthem ritual from a perspective of liberty.
Have you ever been to a family party or even a gathering with a few hundred people? It's usually quite challenging to get everyone's attention, and even to get everyone to quiet down. In other words, getting people to act in unison is not very easy, even with small groups.
Now picture a stadium that holds 50-100,000 people. When the national anthem is played (before every single major sporting event) everyone rises in unison, takes off their hats, and starts to sing a government song. It's pretty spooky to see how the government has succeeded in creating such behavior. A hundred thousand people act like Pavlovian dogs at the very same instant.
While the whole affair is rather bizarre, it should not be a surprise. After all, a vast number of Americans attend government schools. What is the very first thing that is done each day? Reciting the "pledge of allegiance". That's another freaky thing when you think about it. Young kids supposedly pledging their allegiance to government? Wow.
Now most kids just go through the motions and couldn't care less about any pledges of allegiance. But that's not the point from government's point of view. The point is that when it comes to saluting government, you obediently do it....and you do it every single day that school is in session for 18 years. Not every other day, or even once a week.
Every day! Miss a meal, but don't you miss your pledge of allegiance.
So is it any wonder that kids who have been indoctrinated to pledge allegiance to government will not think twice about singing a government song (as adults) before every single major sporting event?
It gets better.
Those 100,000 people will sing a song about how "free" they are, and how they live in "the land of the free". Yet, watch out if a person decides to skip the ritual. Watch out if he wants to 'sit this one out'.
Oh boy, there's no freedom to do that! You get up and sing that government song!
The whole thing resembles a form of religious worship.
Unfortunately for life, liberty, and peace, the most dangerous thing that people can choose to worship is the government.
Where does Ron Paul buy his gold?