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Letter: Protests against anthem, flag are acts of treason against country
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Houston Texans players kneel during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson) - photo by Associated Press

In response to Bruce Vandiver’s letter, “U.S. history is full of those who spoke out of protest:” “The Star-Spangled Banner” is the national anthem of the United States. The lyrics come from the defense of Fort McHenry, written by Francis Scott Key in 1814. It was recognized for official use by the U.S. Navy in 1889 and by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931.

Many men died holding that flag up over Fort McHenry that inspired Key’s words. Many men have died since upholding our freedoms and way of life, represented by our flag and national anthem. We have a Constitution, Bill of Rights and the rule of law, under which we have the privilege of voting for individual representation of our political views and those we choose to represent us.

I would submit no individual, group, political party or country is perfect, but our system is the closest thing to it. Our government allows for the peaceful transition of power to change laws in accordance with our ballots, not bullets, bombs, rocks, property damage, blocking traffic or  other forms of civil disobedience, a twisted form of freedom of speech.

Our last administration’s major accomplishment was to do all in its power to divide this country, to disrespect law and order, led by the president even, to disrespect the flag and our national anthem, not to mention eliminate our Constitution. Overthrow of the government is an act of treason. Relabeling actions like taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem as so-called peaceful demonstrations shows disrespect to the anthem, our flag and country. Unlike the view of Mr. Vandiver, I certainly don’t consider an act of treason just another protest similar to the examples he mentions.

As was pointed out in another letter by Barry Colbaugh, “Communism finds a new way to infiltrate American life” we see examples taken out of the playbook of Communist goals. As outlined in Saul Alinsky’s book, “Rules for Radicals,” the acts played out across our country are little more than thinly yet cleverly designed acts advocating overthrow of our government and way of life. The pushback crowd from the previous administration, calling themselves the Democratic Socialists of America, are funding and organizing outbreaks of so-called civil disobedience across our country. And the mainline media helps spread their poison.

The founding principles of our government are Bible-based. As Ronald Reagan said, “If we ever forget that we are ‘one Nation under God,’ then we will be a nation gone under.” Should we be surprised the liberal thrust has been to attack school prayer and the numerous attacks on Christianity in general? Control the news, take over education, take over health care, etc. The goal of total government control is designed to appeal to personal greed (something for nothing is a lie). Greed is not a Christian principle. 

Reagan was right! We better remember who we are and our responsibility to support and defend our country and its principles.

Clint Hawkins

Gainesville

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