An example of just how loony we have become in this country, and just how much of our freedom we have given up in the name of political correctness, is the recent incident in which a group of high school students visiting the Lincoln Memorial, in our nation’s capitol, were ordered by U.S. Park Police to stop singing.
Were these hooligans belting out the obscene lyrics of some rap song that offended the people around them? No, the song they were singing was the national anthem! You read that right. Apparently, the powers that be have determined that the area that is home to some of our country’s most cherished monuments, must remain “completely content neutral,” in the words of the Park Police.
A Park Service Police spokesperson said that the students were in violation of federal law by their spontaneous singing, and that “We need to make certain that other visitors that don’t want to be a part of that, or just choose to be tourists, are able to do so in the same light that probably President Lincoln wanted – which is completely content neutral.”
Hey, if you don’t want to hear praying don’t go to church! And if you don’t want to see Americans showing their love for their country, stay away from our national shrines. In fact, just leave our country!
Right now, I’m thinking that many of our Founding Fathers are probably turning over in their graves. What’s next, prohibiting active duty military personnel from wearing their uniforms in public, because it might offend somebody?
How about the fact that I, as an American citizen, and as a veteran who served my country in time of war, am offended by the fact that my own people cannot express their love for and pride in our country in public without violating the law? What did we shed our blood for anyway?
This is the United States of America, damn it! If you don’t like being here, there are airplanes and ships leaving every day. Get on one. But don’t try to make me give up what I grew up loving, and expect me to live under your vision of a new world!
We have never been a “neutral” country. We have always been the country that stepped up to the plate and beat the dictators and bullies of the world back into submission when they tried to rule their neighbors. Now we are letting the namby pamby fringe quash all that we are, and all that we have been, in search of a vision of a world that is not now, and never has been, realistic.
I’m not a fan of conspiracy theories, but more and more, I wonder just where we are headed, and what kind of world my grandchildren will be living in when they are my age. Frankly, I’m worried.
From the time I was a young man, I have always said that if our nation ever falls, it will not be the result of enemy troops invading, but rather from within. Sometimes I fear that day may actually happen in my own lifetime.
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