Enough with the False Patriotism

February, 2018

Lincoln -- Take it from a veteran: Nebraskans are free to stand or not for the national anthem today at the Super Bowl, despite the proclamation of Governor Ricketts. It is still a free country, which many of us have been proud to serve. It does veterans no honor whatsoever to claim such proclamations are made to respect us. To the contrary, diminishing our freedoms diminishes us and our service.*

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel," Samuel Johnson said in 1775. Still true today.

* Personally, I stand to honor a country that permits a person the freedom not to stand.