So three roofers are standing on a roof.
What sounds like the beginning of a lame bar joke is actually one of the problems with what’s wrong with America, at least in my humble opinion.
Let’s get one thing straight, though: Three roofers taking time out from doing their job and standing for the National Anthem isn’t the problem.
The fact that act is going viral?
I have an issue with that.
My own job puts me in places where the National Anthem is played from five to seven times a week.
I can say with 100 percent authority that in my 33-year career as a sports writer, 99.99 percent of the people within my eye sight are standing when Francis Scott Key’s words start getting sung.
“Oh say can you see….”
A problem in America?
Boy, can I.
Why is something 99 percent of Americans do going viral?
Because the hatred in this country in 2017 for that other 1 percent runs so deep, it’s scary.
Now I’ve gone on the record saying I can’t ever see myself NOT standing for the National Anthem, regardless of the fact that “God Bless America” should truly be our country’s Anthem.
I do support those who want to “protest” by not standing, however.
Their freedom to do that, at least to me, is the ultimate statement of how truly free this country is.
This fall, for journalistic reasons, I’ve been looking around a lot more during the National Anthem to see if anybody dares to take a knee or stay seated during the twilight’s last gleaming.
I’ve seen baseball players two fields away stop their game and stand at attention. I’ve seen adult softball players in the same complex put down their hidden beers and stand at attention. I’ve seen people outside of the stadium stop what they’re doing as the music wafts across the air and disappears into the distance.
I’ve seen people standing in their backyards having lunch, or a swim in their pool, climb out on their decks, face the flag while soaking wet, and honor America.
It’s what we do. Well, 99 percent of us.
So when I see a photo of three guys doing what I’ve seen countless others do “go viral” I can only shake my head.
Only in America.
The fact the National Anthem keeps being an issue, at least to me, is nothing but a deflection from the Orange Glow out of Washington, D.C., to distract us from the real problems this country refuses to deal with.
And that saddens me.
Why are we having this fight?
When are we going to get to the real issues?
If I had to guess, it won’t be until 2020 when the next President of the United States is voted in and has the unenviable task of trying to heal a shattered country.