As usual, Jacob Hornberger gets to the heart of the matter in his post on the 39-year-old “patriotic” American person who slammed a 13-year-old boy to the ground giving him a concussion and skull fracture, because the kid refused to take off his hat when the National Anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner,” was being played at a rodeo event in Montana.
Hornberger notes how the “patriotic” Americans (including Donald Trump, I would add) say they are against socialism yet support all the un-American socialist programs including “Social Security, Medicare, welfare, public housing, foreign aid, public schooling, the Federal Reserve, immigration controls” and so on.
I think that’s the case with most Americans, conservative and liberal, Republican and Democrat, socialist and even libertarian. Most people support those policies.
Unfortunately, many Americans support punishing someone “disrespecting” a flag or a song with brutal violence.
According to a witness at the rodeo event, the guy said the kid “was disrespecting the national anthem so he had every right to do that.” And now it turns out that the barbaric savage is blaming Trump and his rhetoric! (I am not. Making. This. Up.) According to the Washington Times, Curt “Brockway is a U.S. Army veteran who believes he was acting on an order by the commander in chief.”
So according to CBS News, Brockway was charged with assault on a minor, and “prosecutors recommended his bail be set at $100,000, but a judge ruled that he can be released on his own recognizance.”
What? Previously, according to the article, Brockway was convicted of “assault with a weapon,” after threatening to kill a family in their parked car, and sentenced to 10 years, and it was a suspended sentence.
So, the “patriotic” American had a prior record of violence or threatening violence, and got away with it. I guess this current statist judge probably agrees with Brockway’s version of “patriotism.” As long as our poor little precious flag isn’t “disrespected.” God forbid.
In his article, Hornberger explains the socialist history behind the Amerikan national anthem and the “Pledge of Allegiance” (a.k.a. Pledge of Obedience). The neanderthal coward who assaulted the little kid demands obedience to a militaristic song and a flag.
There are millions and millions of Americans who literally worship a flag as a sacred religious object or image. As Wendy McElroy wrote in her article on State heretics and State infidels, “Statolatry is more than patriotism or love of country. It is a merging of those sentiments with idolatry to produce a kind of hyper-patriotism that can be called chauvinism or jingoism…This, then, is the religion of the modern American state…Anyone who rejects the worship of states altogether is an infidel.”
I guess that little kid at the rodeo “disrespected” the sacred flag of State worship and was an alleged infidel. And a neanderthal didn’t like that.
But just a final item here: Many of these same “patriotic” Amerikans who worship a flag (and the gubmint in Washington for which it stands) also say they believe in self-defense, the right to keep and bear arms, and the 2nd Amendment. Do they support the right of that 13-year-old to keep and bear arms (which kids did back in the old days of common sense), and do they support the kid’s right to use it in self-defense, such as when being attacked by a brainwashed neanderthal brute?