Liberty Nation: As Memorial Day approaches, the trappings of a grateful nation are no more prevalent anywhere than across middle America and in the rural communities scattered from New Mexico to Arkansas. Old Glory is flown year ‘round by most; but the approaching weekend brings out the inner patriot, as stars and stripes dominate the small-town squares, from bunting draped on main street, flags waving on front porches, and of course, dotting the lawn, marking those who once served our country with unparalleled pride.
Perhaps it was just precipitous timing by the National Football League (NFL) in announcing their policy for players in regards to protesting during the National Anthem. Or maybe it was just additional and premeditated posturing by an organization already taken down to a knee by former fans.
In brief, the policy states that all players and personnel on the field during the National Anthem must stand or be fined a paltry, yet undisclosed, sum. Those wishing to protest can do so inside their locker rooms.
Either way, it seems no one is satisfied with the beleaguered league if outrage on social media, specifically my own Facebook page, is any indication. Here are some of the more colorful comments: