“The National Anthem Police in this country are out of control. If you want to complain, complain to your boss and ask why they don’t play the National Anthem every day before you start work,” tweets Mark Cuban to defend denying NBA Mavericks fans passion of listening to the anthem of the United States of America before games.
“Oh, say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave?”
This line of The Star Spangled Banner, a tune fondly playing in our minds, was written by Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Ft. McHenry while detained aboard a British ship on September 14, 1814. Imagine watching your home amidst the onslaught of a force wanting to take it from you. Feel that sinking feeling in your stomach!
“O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”
The Star Spangled Banner, on July 26, 1889, was officially designated to be the anthem of our nation by President Herbert C. Hoover. Why? This line swells our hearts, making us feel pride in our nation and all we have accomplished since our sacred document, The Constitution of the United States of America, was signed on September 17, 1787 by our founding fathers.
This powerful, eloquent tone has driven us to defend and better our nation for over 130 years. Silently singing the anthem in their memory propels our troops forward to protect all our nation represents, steeled by the patriotism underpinning our national pride. So why would a citizen of our great land, the only true democracy on our entire planet, disrespect the anthem representing the passion with which we defend our shores?
We holler the anthem at public gatherings and pledge our allegiance to the flag to remind us of all our land is, to exhibit our pride, and fill our hearts with bravery. We sing to celebrate and unify us as negotiate with the world all around us. So how can we let a single team in a major sporting organization disgrace our nation and all who have fought for it by not allowing fans to hear feel the passion for our nation?
“We respect and always have respected the passion people have for the anthem and our country. But we also loudly hear the voices of those who feel that the anthem does not represent them,” says Mark Cuban, attempting to defend his despicable decision.
This anthem represents our country, our national culture. How can the pride to fight for our land not be respected? Whether you are the descendant of a founder or an immigrant, how can you not feel the pride of fighting for our nation.