Nation And Soldier-Worship Are Always Bipartisan

My intention was to tell anyone who gave me trouble that I was a Jehovah’s Witness, or maybe a Quaker. Turns out, the only problem I suffered from sitting each time I was present for the presentation of colors, the National Anthem, and the Pledge of Allegiance at the Republican Nation Convention was the general stress that comes with sitting in a room full of people who are standing tall, awash in happy patriotism.

I’ve sat in the presence of George W. Bush and Barack Obama. I will stand for “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” but not my country’s anthem at a ball game. Not because I don’t love people, places, and large chunks of culture related to the location known as the United States of America. I won’t stand for a president, period. They’ve all got blood legacies. And I don’t stand for a 19th century loyalty oath that was written by a socialist, which kids are urged to recite in classrooms without having the slightest understanding as to why …

Nationalism and Soldier-Worship Are Always Bipartisan


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