Originally Posted by Hookem Horns
Personally I don't get the whole patriotic ceremonies at sporting events. What does patriotism, etc have to do with sports and how is it different than any other form of entertainment? For example it's not done before concerts, movies, comedy shows, theater plays, etc.
I salute the flag, but I was trained to do so from a young age. It's habit now.
I think "showing respect for your country" should be much deeper for citizens than a simple hand gesture. I think showing respect would include voting, abiding by the law, holding elected official accountable, making global corporations responsible, and quite a few other pro-active endeavors that would require a whole lot more effort than a mere hand over the heart.
I guess this is where the obligatory George Carlin quote goes:
"A flag is a symbol, and I'll leave symbols to the symbol-minded"
~ George Carlin
A couple of other notable Americans that seem to be "disrespecting" the flag, as well: