It plays the song or it gets the hose

Nothing says Land of the Free like mandatory patriotism.

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A proposed law would require all professional sports teams to play the National Anthem before the start of every sporting event. 

A law requiring pro sports to play The Patriotic Song before doing the pro sports thing. Observers are pointing out how like North Korea this is.

What the hell is the point of forced patriotic display anyway? If it’s forced, you don’t know if it’s genuine or not, so what do you gain? Besides the thrill of forcing people to do what you think is good – which I guess answers the question. You will sing the song and you will like it, or out comes the whip.

Well why stop there? How about passing a law requiring theaters to play “Bad Moon Rising” before the curtains open? How about one mandating the musicians to perform the storm scene from King Lear before every concert?

The bill, filed by Sen. Joe Gruters (R-Sarasota), just passed the Florida Senate Commerce and Tourism committee this week. If passed, it would require teams to play the Star-Spangled Banner before the sporting event starts, including NASCAR. 

“I stand and cross my heart, and I wish everyone would just do the same,” said Donna Maisano of Naples. 

I wish a lot of things, but I don’t confuse that with the basis of good laws.

11 Responses to “It plays the song or it gets the hose”

Leave a Comment

Subscribe without commenting