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When Did our National Anthem and Flag, Become all About the Military?

Posted on Wednesday, 6th December 2017 @ 08:53 PM by Text Size A | A | A


Personally I have never liked *The Star Spangled Banner (TSSB), as our National Anthem.It is an anthem about war. “Rockets’ red glare and bomb bursting in the air” all about death and destruction.The TSSB is a constant reminder of war.That is why our National Anthem, is now exclusively related to the military; and nothing else. It was only officially designated as our National Anthem by the US Congress during the 1930s.Adopted from the first verse of Francis Scott Key’s poem.Ignoring the other verses of the poem, that included the killing of slaves; seeking freedom from slavery.For this reason alone we should overwhemlingly stop using the Star Spangled banner as our National AnthemI would much prefer My Country Tis of Thee or America The Beautiful as our National Anthem. OUR NATIONAL HERITAGE IS MUCH MORE THAN WARSThe flag of the United States of America (USA) represent a lot more than just fighting wars and the military. The first thing that the average American say when the National Anthem or the flag of the USA is perceived as being disrespected, is that our military men and women have been disrespected.Why?Yes why?When Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem; everyone who criticised him said he was disrespecting the military, and the men and women who have served.


The people of the USA have been programmed over the last century, to only think of our anthem and flag as it relates to the military. We have been conditioned for the past 65 years or so to associated our flag and anthem only with the military. The corporate elites have told us that we are enjoying our freedom as Americans because our military has fought for our freedom.Really! Which recent war did the US military fight in, which guarantee our freedoms as citizens of the USA?Was it the wars in Korea; Vietnam; Iraq; or the war in Afghanistan; the war on drugs; the war on poverty? Or maybe the military invasions during the 20th century of Grenada; Panama; Haiti; Nicaragua; Dominican Republic; the Philippines; Lebanon?Which one of these wars and military interventions in poor countries, guaranteed our freedom as American citizens? When was the last time any other nation threatened to invade the USA? 


The US military is not the only reason why we have remained a free nation.We are a free nation, because of our Democratic principles.And the Constitution of the USA is the foundation of those Democratic principles.When was the last time the US military prevented a foreign government, from changing our Constitution? Never.



ALL Americans are responsible for protecting those Democratic principles.Not just the members of the US military.Just because a person may be in the US military; doesn’t mean they know more about the US Constitution; than the average non military civilians.I spent over 20 years serving in the US military, and I know that many military members, are just as ignorant about the Democratic principles that our national laws are based on.I believe that the reason why The Star Spangled Banner was adopted as our National Anthem during the 1930S; was because the United States of America, was becoming a militaristic, imperialist nation.The ‘Corporate Elites’ began using the US military, vigorously, as their strong arm goons.The military was being used to suppress the rebellion of the people in poor countries against corporate interests.Corporations that were based inside the USA.It was also during the 1930s that General Smedley D. Butler wrote his revealing book, “War is a Racket.”After many years as a US Marine officer, he came to the realisation that the US military’s primary function, was to protect the financial interest of the rich and the  corporations, that they owned and operated in poor countries around the world.These corporations with their paid flunkies, in the US Congress and Senate; use patriotic rhetoric to make the American citizens believe that these wars and military interventions, were for noble reasons.The US military then and now, is being used to ensure that the American corporations will continue to rob the natural resources of weak nations around the world.


For the past 10 years or so the US corporations have instructed all their employees; to say to all active duty and retired military members they encounter: “Thank you for your military service.”AND THAT IS ALL THE US CORPORATIONS GIVE BACK TO MILITARY VETERANSNo interest free loans for purchasing homes or buying new automobiles, for former military members; just a no-cost, six worded sentence:‘Thank you for your military service’. Yes, thank you, military vets for the billions of dollars our corporations have made because of the USA’s recent, military interventions in foreign countries.These corporation through the mass media that they own and control; have elevated and glorified the military and military members.If someone disrespects the flag or the anthem, then according to what they have told us; that is disrespecting the military, and the brave men and women who have served, to keep our nation free.Serving in the military is a noble profession; but so is the profession of  garbage collectors, the truck drivers, farmers, teachers, postal workers, doctors, nurses, fire personnel, the police etc. etc. etc.The cessation of any of these noble professions would cause havoc in our country. 


The media want us to forget that the majority of the worst serial killers and mass murderers in our history were former military members.Just to name a few of the more prominent ones:David Berkowitz (son of sam)Gary Ridgway (the green river murders)Dennis Rader (btk killer)Danny Rollins (Gainsville, Florida murders)Jeffrey DahmerAnthony SowellRobert Lee YatesIsrael KeyesWilliam BoninRandy Stevens KraftJohn JoubertDonald HarveyRobert James AcremantGary M. HeidnikAnd there are many, many more besides these.Do your own research.And then there are the mass murders who were also former military members:Charles WhitmanTimothy McVeighJohn Allen MuhammadMicah JohnsonYes, thank you serial killers and mass murderers for your military service.I repeat my questions.Why is it that every time an American citizen protest by not respecting the flag or the National Anthem, the first thing people say is; that they are disrespecting the military?When did everything about the flag and anthem become exclusively about the military?                We have to stop believing that a military profession is greater, and more significant to our nation than any other profession. It is because of the sly, hidden promotion of the corporations that are part of the Military Industrial Complex; why Americans have become so fascinated with the military and military members.Through their propaganda with numerous television shows and movies glorifying the military; they have made it seem that the military and military member are a special class of Americans.That propaganda is only for the average American.The rich upper class don’t believe that.That is why their children rarely serve in the military.They want the lower classes to feel special about their loved ones who die during their military service.They don’t want them to think that their family members’ lives were really sacrificed in order to enable these corporations to continue making billions of dollars.

Our present National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner, serves corporate interests.Corporations that have made billions of dollars because of military contracts.An anthem about war and fighting had to be programmed into the minds of America’s children from an early age.Now the glorification of the military is all the US flag and National Anthem represents.


Other Americans should join Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest.Not necessarily for the same reasons as Colin’s; but to show our disagreement with the militaristic, imperialistic behaviour of our government for the past 65 years.The Star Spangled Banner, is a National Anthem that promotes the aim of the Military Industrial Complex.Donald Trump a strong supporter of the Military Industrial ComplexTrump was supposed to be a president that was against military intervention in other countries.But since Trump has become president; we now have American military members back in Somalia, Yemen, the Philippines and Syria.Also our military members are fighting, in many countries in Africa.Places were the majority of Americans do even know that our military members are deployed there.And Trump is also itching to start wars in both North Korea, and Iran.Billions of dollars will soon be flowing into the coffers of American corporate owners.Yeah, make America great again.




It is time to dump The Star Spangled Banner, as our National Anthem; and replace it with America The Beautiful or My Country Tis of Thee.Our flag and the National Anthem belongs to every American citizen; not just the military.

Here is an excerpt from an article recently published by CNN

“The national anthem wasn’t always played before sporting events …


 Here’s a fascinating fact: The national anthem was played at baseball games decades before it was actually the national anthem. There are records of “The Star Spangled Banner” gracing the diamond going back as far as 1897, but the song wasn’t adopted as the national anthem until 1931. 


Over time, a mix of technology, war, and keeping up appearances kept the song in the sports spotlight.Its first big moment reportedly came in 1918 during the 7th-inning stretch of the World Series. It’s no coincidence that its first surge in popularity came during wartime.Nationalism stoked by World War I meant that people were more affected by the song, and the fact that major league baseball players were being actively drafted meant those who weren’t drafted benefited from showing their patriotism Over time, other sports began adopting the practice.” * “The Star-Spangled Banner” was written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 about the American victory at the Battle of Fort McHenry.We only sing the first verse, but Key penned three more. This is part of the third verse:“Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution.No refuge could save the hireling and slaveFrom the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth waveO’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”The mere mention of “slave” is not entirely remarkable; slavery was alive and well in the United States in 1814.Key himself owned slaves, was an anti-abolitionist and once called his African brethren “a distinct and inferior race of people.”(Above quote from CNN article)

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern, impassioned stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness!
America! America!
God mend thine every flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law!
O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine,
Till all success be nobleness,
And every gain divine!
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!


My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From ev’ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!
My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.
Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.
Our fathers’ God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.

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