Does anyone remember when there were cases of Flag burning as a form of protest? Many of us certainly thought this was a violent act, but it was protected and our Supreme Court ruled such. Once upon a time, we all held our Flag in high regard. We treated it carefully, never letting it touch the ground when it was handled, never copying it onto clothing, or any other article; it wasn’t supposed to be used for advertising purposes. So, where has that form of respect gone? Why do we now see our Flag transferred onto nearly everything one can imagine? I think I can answer that and understand why those who are wearing this symbol aren’t arrested for disrespecting the Flag. My main question then: why is there such an issue with kneeling during our Anthem? Kneeling isn’t going the same route as Flag burning. Complaining about this kneeling doesn’t display patriotism; it is simply a way to deflect from other issues and make it seem as if one is patriotic – yep, my opinion.
**This website hasn’t been updated since 2005; I include it for historical purposes: http://www.usflag.org/flagetiquette.html