Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
So what is your problem, Mike?
Actually, hush, I wasn't aware I had one
but you fail to show why respecting the tradition is important.
Well, you have me there. I can honestly say I have no answer to that comment. I can say I would hate to live in a country that had no national traditions. I can say that millions of people died defending that piece of red, white and blue cloth and I can say that respecting their sacrifices which have allowed us to live in a free country and honoring their memory in a respectful, traditional way is a small thing to ask.....but, to try to convince someone why traditions are important, I cannot do.....nor would I even try. Watch Fiddler on the Roof a few times. Maybe you'll get the idea.
but that's like saying I'm inconsistent because today I like hot dogs and tomorrow I like hamburgers. In the long run... does this one action really matter?
You are comparing respecting or not respecting the anthem or pledge in our traditional manner to choosing hot dogs or burgers????Ok, I'll bite. Let's go to the handshake. It is a traditional form of friendly greeting. You and I meet. We extend our hands in a handshake. Tomorrow we meet again and you extend your hand but I don't. What's going through your mind, standing there with your hand out, as I ignore it? Happy thoughts? The next day we meet and I stick out my hand which you take, reservedly. Perhaps you think that maybe I had had a bad day the day before and was distracted. No problem. Next day we meet againand again I ignore your extended hand. Tell me that the inconsistency would not bother you. Tell me that it's nothing different that ordering hamburgers or hot dogs. Tell me that you wouldn't eventually scream, "Either shake hands with me or don't, moron!!!!" LOL!
I would be willing to guess that a large percentage of the American people want the trait of consistency in their President. Apparently the fellow can't even be consistent about honoring our patriotic traditions. Not a great start, I;d say...