Many Americans who were born and raised in the richest, freest nation in history have been miseducated to believe that the United States is the source of all the world’s problems. We are an oppressive, racist nation with a shameful history that needs to be torn down and a present that needs to be “fundamentally transformed.” They hate free-market capitalism and want to trade it for socialism/communism, with its empty promises of “free stuff.” They deny that America is an exceptional nation. They talk a lot about other people’s “privilege,” but don’t recognize the incalculable privilege they enjoy simply by being born in the USA. In fact, they’re so ashamed to be Americans that they can’t even contain their contempt long enough to stand for the flag and the National Anthem.
But in other nations, where people know what real oppression is, they don’t take the freedoms Americans enjoy for granted. America’s critics protest the way we deal with the flood of people trying to enter America by any means, including illegally, but never ask themselves why so many people would risk their lives to come to such an awful, unexceptional country.
They should ask these protesters in Hong Kong, who are bravely standing up against the communist government of China. To them, America is exactly what it has been for well over two centuries: a symbol to the rest of the world of freedom and inalienable, God-given human rights. They know what our flag and our anthem stand for, and they hold them in reverence and employ them as the most powerful symbols in defiance of oppression.
Watch this video. None of these singers is a Whitney Houston, but it just might be the most moving rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” you’ve ever heard because they are singing those words for the same reason Francis Scott Key wrote them in 1814.
And to anyone who claims Republicans hate immigrants, I’d be happy to let those protesters move to America in exchange for any four native-born, Anthem-kneeling athletes or celebrities who’d like to leave.