Are You Sure He Said That?
A commentary from a man from Southern Pines, “He’s Not Patriotic” (June 6), relative to the absence of the American flag not flown at many buildings on Memorial Day, goes on to say, “We have a president today who is not patriotic,” and who complains that the Constitution is not relevant today, that ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is too violent in wording, and that our flag needs a new design.
He further states, “We need a president who is proud of America and proud of speaking about this great country.”
Interestingly, the following day on CNN, commentator Carol Costello broadcast radio show host Bill Press’ comments relative to the national anthem: “I don’t think patriotism has anything to do with it. The national anthem is just monumentally un-singable. It’s an abomination.
“The home of the brave? I don’t know. Are we (Americans) the only ones who are brave on the planet? I mean, it’s just stupid. I’m embarrassed every time I hear it.”
Comments went on to suggest “America the Beautiful” and others would be better choices. Certainly, had the president made comments relative to this subject matter, the commentator(s) would have made reference.
As a military retiree who served in a war zone, I observe this president’s actions and find absolutely nothing unpatriotic. He inherited a war and failing economy and it is up to the Congress, as well as the president, to work diligently together to solve many of America’s problems.
Perhaps the writer can provide the basis for his comments since I’ve never heard such negativity and unquestionably doubt this president or any other would make such comments. Perhaps the writer has the name Press, as in Bill Press, confused with president.
Paul H. Davis Jr.
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