I know what you’re ALL thinking, “oh my God a Monday has passed and Lady Dicks here forgot to do a Motivational Mondays with Jess segment!” and first of all, how dare you. Maybe I didn’t forget, maybe I was too busy, maybe I was dying, you don’t know me. Secondly, yes, I totally did forget until about 9:59pm last night and thought to myself ugh, I could get up and do it, but….laying down watching The Mighty Boosh is infinitely more appealing. And so, we move on.
Yesterday, my friend Nick wrote something about America that I found myself nodding to every word he wrote. Then I promptly told him I wanted to steal what he said and blog it, to which he foolishly agreed.
Enjoy. Or don’t. I don’t give a shit.
No one Americas harder than NASCAR.
Not the NFL. Not the NBA. Not the NHL (of course). Not even car salesmen or political candidates, even.
No, sir. When it comes some hardcore, rough, hard, 50 States of Grey Americaing without mercy, and without a reach around, NASCAR is it.
Especially on the eve of the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
Guys. So much America.
The only thing that would make this crowd any more American is if everyone gave a beej to a bald eagle and SWALLOWED THE CUM OF FREEDOM!!!
I think it’s safe to say that NASCAR makes patriotism a spectator sport.
It’s probably safe to assume that no one at a NASCAR race would dare disrespect the flag or the anthem. That’s right… God and country.
But wait. Let’s look at this sequence of pictures…
That’s the American flag. Old Glory. The Stars and Stripes….
…on the ground. In front of God, country, 60,000 people in the stands, and millions more watching on television.
So, let me get this straight. We are going to get all up in arms about people not standing during the Anthem, but it’s okay for a corporately-sponsored parachutist, floating from the air under a corporately-advertised and labelled parachute, with an American flag on his foot… and it’s okay for him to, quite literally, drag the American flag through the mud.
And if that’s not enough, let’s have two paratroopers drag two American flags through the mud.
Guys, not even figuratively drag the flag through the mud. They literally dragged the flags through the mud.
And it’s not like there were people running up to scoop the flag off of the turf and asphalt.
But it’s okay… it’s okay to drag the flag through the mud. As long as it looks cool. As long as it’s in the name of patriotism. As long as it’s all part of the show.
But no- by all means, let’s get our panties in a wad about someone who doesn’t want to stand during the Anthem.
You want to see other people not want to stand during the National Anthem? Go to any military base.
That’s right. A military base.
When I was in the Air Force, they would play the National Anthem at the same time every day. If you were outside and in uniform, you had to stop what you were doing, come to attention, and salute.
Sure, there were tons of folks who did as they should. But, I always thought it was amusing to watch scores of military members in uniform scurry to the nearest building or to the nearest vehicle to avoid having to stand during the National Anthem.
Is that not a form of protest, too? And I bet some of those people are the same people who are sooooo upset and offended at the athletes not standing during the anthem.
And, oh by the way…
If you walk around in a hardhat displaying the Confederate flag above the American flag…
or, if you don’t display the American flag at ALL…
then, I don’t think you really have a say in the matter.