Here’s a question: Are there any rules to follow when a national anthem is played? Traditionally in the United States, if the flag is on display, out of respect and reverence you’re supposed to stand straight, face the flag, and cover your heart with your right hand. If you’re wearing a hat you should remove it and place it over your heart, and that goes for men and women. In Canada, out of respect and reverence, we stand straight and hatless as the Americans do but we don’t include the hand or hat over the heart. Here’s another question:
Is being down on one knee with head bowed and hand over the heart actually disrespectful? Isn’t kneeling an act of respect and reverence. I was always taught it was so. The anthems are a normal occurrence at sporting events and this furor over NFL players kneeling in political protest is interesting. Trump’s nasty broadsides at players have evoked a backlash from not only NFL players but coaches, managers, owners and even the Commissioner as well as players in other Major League sports such as basketball and hockey. As always, diehard Trump supporters convince themselves that he is right and all of them are wrong. For the record, I side with the others who think he is simply and purposely being divisive and asinine when he should be paying attention to his many important legislative challenges in governing the country. And, for the record, the Pittsburgh Penguins should not go to the White House. Like the Golden State Warriors the Stanley Cup Champions should do the right thing by not giving Trump credibility he doesn’t deserve.