From the reading that I have done on the history of the National Anthem it was first played at a sporting event in the late 1880’s but it was not the common thing to do considering it was expensive for the fact you had to get together your own band. Congress didn’t officially adopt the “The Star-Spangled Banner” until 1931 — and by that time it was already a baseball tradition steeped in wartime patriotism. As a child I would go to New York Yankee games with my dad and at times bring along a cousin to Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York hopefully to see Mickey Mantle hit a home run and as they played the National Anthem it was such a feeling of patriotism that most of us still were fulfilled with in those days and after the Anthem was played such a loud roar would erupt and it was time to play ball. Who would have thought that 60 years later a has-been punk quarterback with the San Francisco 49ers by the name of Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee at the playing of the Anthem to stress a political point that does not belong at the playing of a song that has yielded so much sacrifice from fallen and wounded Americans for the reason of allowing all of us to express our opinions of freedom of speech. This action by Kaepernick has been allowed by the Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell which has started to spread to others which caused President Trump to make a statement to remind these clowns that the playing of the Anthem was not to be used for personal political causes. But you see my patriots everything has its price and the Republican Congress is about to take action against these sports teams that show so little respect for our flag and the American people who go to the games for entertainment and to root for their teams and not to be interrupted by these spoiled athletes political causes.
The following was posted by Conservative Tribune, published by the Tea Party Official Site: “As countless players refuse to stand for the national anthem, many patriotic sports fans throughout the country are ready to throw in the towel — and now a proposal in Congress could cut off a major source of funding to the increasingly anti-American teams.”
“According to The Daily Caller, there are currently bills in the U.S. House and Senate which would ban the use of federal funding for the construction of professional sports arenas.”
“The legislation was proposed over the summer, and now has renewed interest as the unpatriotic circus within the NFL continues. Oklahoma Republican Rep. Steve Russell introduced the first bill several months ago, and the proposal already has some bipartisan support.”
“The federal government is responsible for a lot of important functions, but financing sports stadiums for multi-million – sometimes billion – dollar franchises is definitely not one of them,” Rep. Russell explained.”
“[F]or the past 17 years, 36 professional athletic stadiums have been built or renovated by federal tax-exempted municipal bonds. This cost taxpayers $3.2 billion dollars,” the Caller explained, citing information from the Brookings Institute.”
This has gone far enough, why should the taxpayer continue to pour out tax dollars if these punks are to continue to show no support for the flag and the Americans who fought for it. I have gotten suspicious with this Kaepernick creep who started all this as of the fact I am wondering if he is in fact acting alone. Right now I have nothing concrete but I have the feeling that this cause of his is not his alone. I believe some organization is funding and pushing his agenda, after all a has-been quarterback needs other sources of income. Maybe one of you patriots have already done homework on this subject but something is not passing the smell test in my mind. Whatever the case may be it has to be exposed and I have a very good feeling I will not be surprised.