A Shot Of Patriotism For The Good Old US of A

Some of you may have already seen this recent video, but if you haven’t, it’s a good one…

Artist Joe Everson sings the National Anthem as he paints a patriotic surprise before a Toledo Walleye hockey game.

Wait for it… you’ll ‘get it’ at the end…

Turn up the volume – it’s a little soft…

I just thought that I would share it with you. Hopefully it brings you a feeling of patriotism for our nation as we head into the elections soon… choose wisely 😉

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  1. Wow! What a gifted artist! God bless him!

    I didn’t realize he was singing AND painting at the same time! 🙂

    (I clicked before I read LOL 😉

  2. Wow, if that doesn’t put a lump in your throat nothing will!
    Thanks Ken for the spiritual boost today…

  3. That choked me up and brought tears to my eyes.

    That was beautiful, an such a wonderful tribute to those that serve this nation and the citizens who love their country.
    Thank you Ken for sharing.

  4. Honestly, I feel patriotic for the US and I don’t even live there! I really wish you guys the best! If Trump is elected and actually changes things for the better, I might move over there.

    On a darker note though, I’m afraid that there aren’t too many people left who actually understand freedom and what it means. It seems that every time I look, our so called “free” countries become more totalitarian–and worse, it seems that people like myself are the main target of restriction… I’m beginning to wonder whether I should ever have kids, lest they grow up in this world as it falls further into the abyss……

  5. Very cool Ken. Thanks for sharing. This week I retooled my get home bag for a business trip to Chicago. I survived and now have some good maps for getting back home from there if I ever need to go back. I also had a good talk with some people that live near us. They are seeing more need to become self reliant and interest is there.

  6. Thanks, Ken! Patriotism is not dead. To: Youngster; Keep the faith and don’t give in to all the negativism. There are still a lot of patriots and good people out there and you hear from some of them on this blog. The Liberals want folks to think all is lost and I for one will be damned if I will give them the satisfaction. The world would have already imploded if good people didn’t stand up for what is right. I know there are a lot of patriotic Canadians, because I have met some of them up in Alberta over the years. As for the good old USA, she may have stumbled a little bit these last few years, but she has not fallen. Being prepared is more than just beans, bullets and Band-Aids; you have to be mentally tough as well. Don’t give up or give in! Look for the good things in life and keep plugging. I will now step off my soapbox.

  7. LOL. The flag and the anthem represent the US government, not the people. It was commissioned by government and the stars and stripes represent political jurisdictions, and political jurisdictions are nothing but tax farms. You are literally singing the praises of those who claim to own you. Modern US patriotism is nothing but a massive case of Stockholm Syndrome where all that’s required to be a patriot is to put that ugly ass flag on everything you own, stick your fingers in your ears, and denounce anything that offends your precious feelings. Here’s an idea: instead of worshiping those who rule you and their symbols, why not give freedom a chance?

    1. Depends on your definition of “Freedom.” If you mean a world where the rich rule, the middle classes are robbed to give to the poor until the middle classes are decimated and required to join them (check your communist manifesto–their hatred was against the bourgeois who had ruined their “perfect” aristocratic system) then no I don’t want it. If your idea is freedom is to take away all rules so that the strong rule and the weak grovel in the hopes of not being crushed, then no, I don’t want it. If your idea of freedom is a world with no boundaries, where everyone is equally poor and no one but the powerful have a chance for more, then no I don’t want it.

      The flag is a symbol of what this country used to be, and could be again. Like the constitution, I will display it and celebrate it. The symbol is what you make it. If you feel it’s a symbol of oppression, then by all means don’t display it. To me it’s a symbol of hope, and I will display it proudly with that intent.

      1. My idea of freedom is a society founded on property rights, not authoritarian rule as laid out by Constitution. My idea of freedom doesn’t include mandatory confiscation of my wealth to pay for services that I don’t want. My idea of freedom is polar opposite to communism, socialism, fascism, et al. My idea of freedom is where a naturally self-regulating free market is allowed to exist and frees the greatest minds and entrepreneurs to efficiently utilize their skills and resources to better the world around them. My idea of freedom doesn’t have a billion licenses and regulations used to protect the rich and entrenched from competition. My idea of freedom doesn’t include non-stop state propaganda shoved down our throats since the day we’re born that not only insults our intelligence and but also convinces us that the government that the flag represents is here for our protection. My idea of freedom is about not handing control of my life over to a system of violent rule because I’m too scared to take responsibility for my own well being.

        1. Then our ideas of freedom match, right down the line. Thank you. We’ll have to agree to disagree on the meaning of the flag.

  8. Oh, and “the symbol is what you make it” is an absurd statement. I dare you to fly the Nazi flag and “make it” about freedom. The flag is not what you make it, it very specifically is the symbol of those who rule over you through fear and violence. The fact that you don’t understand that only proves at how well the propaganda is at indoctrinating people. Check your feelings at the door and look at it objectively – the flag has never and never will represent freedom.

    1. “Massive case of Stockholm Syndrome..” Love it and totally agree. I am really hoping to interact more with this blog as it gets me thinking. It reminds me of all the different opinions around me. What would you call your concept of freedom? Does it fit into any existing school of thought? Thanks for a great convo.

      1. Lovelypoet, my school of thought is generally called either anarcho-capitalism or voluntaryism. It’s based around the idea of self ownership and the NAP (non-aggression principle) which is essentially what you were taught as a child – don’t hurt others and don’t take their stuff. The difference is that we don’t make exceptions for anyone, including government. What’s wrong for you to do is just as wrong for someone representing government to do. We believe that all interactions should be voluntary. Also, self-ownership is only half of the equation, the other half being free market economic theory as put forward by the Austrian school of economic thought.

        A fantastic book to read if you want to learn more is “A Spontaneous Order: The Capitalist Case for A Stateless Society” by Christopher Chase Rachels. You can find it on Amazon for less than $5 or for free from the Mises Institute (an indispensable resource for learning about Austrian economics). There is also a Facebook group called Anarcho-Prepper that while they don’t talk much about the philosophy and focus on prepping, I’m sure they would love to answer any questions you may have.

    2. That’s the whole definition of a “symbol.” It represents something, and different people attach different (often emotional) meanings to it. Yes, some people could fly the Nazi flag and say it was about freedom. I wouldn’t, but I can’t deny someone else’s right to feel differently about it. Now if they came to me and demanded that I fly that flag, it would be different.

      As far as Stockholm syndrome, I agree with you to a point. We call them “sheeple.”

      Unfortunately, we don’t have the world I would prefer to live in. We instead have a world of regulations and taxes and so on. I have to deal with that world, as much as I hate it. Hopefully someday it will be different. Recognizing the problems doesn’t make them easy to solve, although it often makes it easy to say that other people are stupid (as you suggested) by trying to live in the world we have.

      Until that time, I fly the flag as a symbol of hope. You can’t take that hope away from me because it’s MINE. It’s in my head, it’s in my thoughts and my heart, and that is where true freedom lies.

      1. That’s a valid point, that symbols are in the eye of the beholder, but only to a degree. The problem is that while you might see the US flag as a symbol of hope and freedom, the agency that “owns” the symbol very literally represents the exact opposite of freedom. Government, ALL government, can not possibly represent freedom because the very role of government is to take away your freedom. While government may provide security, it is logically impossible for a government to protect freedom. At best, it can oppress less than other governments, but that’s not freedom. While the Constitution was a great step on our path to freedom, it is but a step and obviously not the end of the journey as evidenced by the Constitutional government we have now. Lastly, there’s no going back. Even if we were able to roll back the government to scale it was in the early years of the US, the problems wouldn’t have been addressed and we’ll end up with this same monstrosity we have now, only it won’t take 200+ years to do so. The solution is to learn to live outside the scope of government by not using its services and hiding your actions from it. Learn and adopt bitcoin. Become an agorist. Use encryption. In other words, starve the beast.

        1. As best I can. The flag, as a symbol, will outlive the gov’t. A symbol, by its very nature, cannot be owned. It gains connotations, emotions, ideas, over time. Look at the “history” of the swastika.

          The history, the symbol, lives in the minds and hearts of the people who adopt it. When this gov’t is long gone I will still treasure the flag. Other symbols will also outlive those who claim to own them.

          The idea that a symbol can be owned is denied by history. It’s the idea that the only true value is in things that can be held and sold, which I don’t agree with. While I do agree that the gov’t THINKS they own it, they’ve been wrong before and will be wrong again.

          1. But they do own it. As I said earlier, they commissioned it to represent them, and the stars and stripes represent political jurisdictions. The only reason people mistakenly believe it represents freedom is because when the government was still infantile, the US was largely free. Why would you even want to use it as a symbol of freedom when it officially represents authoritarian control? All you’re doing is muddying the waters. I think it makes much more sense to fly a flag of an ideology of freedom as opposed to a flag of a specific controlling agency.

          2. You object if I choose to “appropriate” a symbol they think they own? Isn’t that rather against your own ideology?

          3. No, I just think it doesn’t make sense. Going back to the Nazi flag, even though the swastika was originally a peaceful religious symbol, the Nazi’s have permanently perverted it and it would be a losing battle to try to return it to it’s original intent. The US flag on the other hand never represented freedom; it has always, from it’s inception, been the official symbol of the US government. It’s just that through propaganda that people have been conditioned to believe that the government represented freedom and then therefore believe that the flag also represents freedom. So, while the swastika had a peaceful original meaning and was merely perverted, the US flag was never a peaceful symbol as it has always represented government and only only through propaganda have people been led to believe it represents freedom. I find it rather insidious to convince people that they’re believing in freedom while they’re actually supporting those who take freedom away. It’s like convincing people that the pentagram represents God and peace when in actuality it represents the devil and evil.

          4. I think we’re going to have to agree to disagree. There are some fundamental principles that we don’t have in common. I do see where you’re coming from, but I don’t and won’t agree because to me the flag has never and will never represent government.

            The fundamental principle that we don’t seem to have in common is that an idea can hold a place of its own, irrespective of the context in which it is used. You believe that because the gov’t bought (commissioned) the original flag, all flags from then on represent that gov’t. You also believe that the current meaning of a symbol taints every usage of that symbol. I disagree. At its deepest level our disagreement is the idea that there can be ideals and truths separate from any human interpretation.

            I see the flag as a symbol of freedom. You see it as a symbol of repression. Since those are contrary opinions which exist only in our respective heads, we’re not going to reconcile them. The idea of freedom remains, regardless of what symbol we attach to it.

            So while I do see your perspective, I’m just going to leave this discussion here.

          5. While I respect your belief, it frankly is irrelevant; you aren’t the one pointing guns at everyone. The issue is that the people with the guns not only believe that the flag represents the government, they also believe their actions represent the flag. While you believe the flag represents freedom, it will always represent violence in reality. Again, I truly respect your insight, and greatly appreciate the tone you took with me after my provocative first post, but you’re unfortunately waging a losing battle. No matter what you believe, the flag will always represent the government to not only those with the guns, but the so-called sheeple as well. Thankfully it’s just a flag, your belief in freedom exists beyond mere symbolism.

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