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  1. jmattadams

    jmattadams GoComics PRO Member said, 9 days ago

    Exactly! It should go without saying. But one side seems to think the First Amendment applies only one way. ⬅️

  2. inevattable

    inevattable said, 8 days ago

    They can always eliminate the anthem, a football game is NOT a national event. No anthem, no protest and no more yammering about it.

  3. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, 8 days ago

    As a “secular Buddhist”, I don’t say the words added in the 1950’s to the pledge of allegience “under God”, didn’t in the Army when I was fighting for this country, MY country, where freedom of speech and religion is supposed to be the supreme law, not nationalist bigotry.

  4. Lyman Elliiott

    Lyman Elliiott GoComics PRO Member said, 8 days ago


    But boy oh boy, aren’t they trying to make nationalist bigotry the supreme law though.
    The most polite thing I can say about the Republican party is the lunatics have taken over the Asylum.

  5. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, 8 days ago

    I still can’t remember the last time I stood. I, and those around me always sit. It is hard to play a cello while standing, or tympani while kneeling.
    As for the pledge, which school children must recite daily to teach them that allegiance has a shelf life on 24 hours (9 Chickweed Lane), I prefer: “I pledge allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and to the nation which it established, one nation from many peoples, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

  6. wattslinda

    wattslinda said, 8 days ago

    Hello Walt, I don’t miss too many of your cartoons so I know I can speak with authority when I say, during the 2016 Rio Olympics, America had two White male Shot Put medalists (Gold, Silver) and neither put their hands over their hearts during the flag raising ceremony. I’m sure you recall Gabby Douglas (Black gymnast) was all but crucified for not placing her hand over her heart. Anyway, I don’t recall a cartoon from you protesting the actions (or lack) of the two White males. I’m guessing the reason for that is you were not offended as were so many others were about Gabby. You were not alone. There was no protest—no news media—no Facebook post, or Tweet or any social media protest against the shot putters. So now, I’m wondering what exactly you are protesting with this cartoon. Are you angry that a Black man decided he would not honor an anthem written by a White slave owner? Or, perhaps you’re angry because the Black man has the audacity to be upset about the inequity between the opportunities and lack of privilege between White citizens and Black citizens? No? Then perhaps you’re protesting the Black man’s anger that the words “♫ For the land of the free…♪” does not include Black peoples who were not free when this song was penned. I mean really. Why would anyone be upset at protest against an anthem that represents enslavement, segregation and oppression of its citizen? Or, maybe it’s all of the above. What say you, Walt? What are you protesting?

  7. markjoseph125

    markjoseph125 GoComics PRO Member said, 8 days ago

    True. And anti-freedom is denying that freedom to either the person in the first panel, or the one in the second.

  8. omQ R

    omQ R said, 7 days ago

    What I cannot stand is over-the-top displays of patriotism and make-believe standards of pariotism (eg. hanging a flag outside one’s home, size of that flag, wearing a lapel-flag pins, size of that lapel-flag pin, hand-over-heart etc etc etc). Pffft.

  9. emptc12

    emptc12 said, 7 days ago

    @omQ R

    That’s an interesting comment, and I have complex feelings about it. I used to feel as you do, rather cynical about “make-believe standards of patriotism.”
    But as I got older, I looked at my relatives and neighbors, most immigrants and children of immigrants, and imagined their lives, having escaped from oppressive European governments, later sending their children off to wars, seeing relatives in “the old country” trapped behind “the iron curtain.”
    The flag and other outward acts of patriotism had a history in their minds, a sense of comfort remembered amidst past fear. They had gratitude and actual affection for things American. They sacrificed in ways I never had to. They knew these things, perhaps couldn’t exactly express them in broken English and taken taken together in a mixture it made them do things that I often thought superficial.
    It took me a long time to realize all this, pampered third generation American that I am. And I’m not taking you to task for your view — but realize that symbols are powerful things in patriotism and religion and art, and not necessarily something to be judged as silly and useless.

  10. Stipple

    Stipple said, 7 days ago

    My mother’s family arrived in North America in the late 1500’s and were landholders allowed to vote in early USA.
    My wife’s family arrived in North America 15,000 years ago and only recently got the vote, after 90% were put to death by the western conquerors.
    I was six years old when I quit saying the pledge in school. What I received for that act has helped mold me into what I am today.
    I actually welcome what is coming, it will be a release.

  11. omQ R

    omQ R said, 6 days ago


    Whereas I was brought up forced to pay homage to “symbols”, a flag, an anthem, a distorted history. All false.
    My birth country since its 1st free elections now has a new flag and anthem. If one flies the old flag, it has the same symbolism as your Confederate flag (or its variants). If one only sings the old anthem, without the new anthem included, its symbolism is racist, like flying the old flag. In my ‘mother’ country I refused to sing their anthem as well. Their flag hasn’t changed since 1910, thru’ several coups and a dictatorship, and they view their colonial era as great; I see it differently. The second country where I immigrated to, also refers to its ‘great empire’, their anthem beseeches a god to save their monarch but their flag is seen as a symbol of oppression in many countries, former colonies. One of the flags that compose the amalgamated flag, if flown outside periods of sporting competitions, has connotations with the extreme-rightwing. The new anthem of my birth country beseeches a god to save an entire continent. I’m not religious.
    The country I now mostly reside in and am in the process of immigrating to (my wife’s birth/mother country), has an awful history too. I’m not going to bother learning its anthem either. Its extreme right-wing movement is on the rise too. Guess which flag they wave about, guess which anthem they sing whilst being ‘patriotic’.

    I do not see these symbols as silly and useless, as you say I do; au contraire, I see them as dangerous.
    I have seen patriotic symbols abused and misused in all 4 countries I have lived/live in. Yours is no different; people have committed terrible acts and participated in unjust wars while fighting under that flag. Follow orders, for ‘king/queen and country’, ‘for the fatherland’, for the motherland’, ‘fight them there so that they don’t fight us here’. No thought, just strong ‘heartfelt’ emotions.
    Stipple’s entry above mine shows he knows this, too.

    Not silly or useless but incredibly dangerous.

  12. emptc12

    emptc12 said, 6 days ago

    @omQ R

    Wow, a powerful comment. I truly hope it relieved some of your bitterness at least temporarily.

  13. omQ R

    omQ R said, 6 days ago


    Nope. It is lifelong. Thoughtless patriotism is what blinds many to the wrongs their countries do.

  14. twclix

    twclix GoComics PRO Member said, 6 days ago


    A beautiful and heartfelt comment.

  15. martens

    martens said, 6 days ago

    @omQ R

    And thus they think that patriotism makes the wrongs they do even morally acceptable.
    (Torture, for instance.)

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