Colin Alphabet

Yes, of course, Colin Alphabet has a right to not stand during the Star Spangled Banner—we don’t arrest people for that sort of thing here. But Freedom of Speech does not grant you freedom from reproach by your fellow citizens when you disrespect our country. Our National Anthem, and our flag, are two things we should all rally around as Americans, regardless of our opinion about this or that policy or social issue. They play the song, you stand, and by so doing so you acknowledge that regardless of what you think are its faults, you love this country, you honor those in the military who fought to defend it, and you are proud to be an American. If you can’t even do that, Colin, you should go away. I hear they have football in Canada…actually, you may end up there anyway.

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