We're going to step back in this arena for a bit.

I've said it before: there are a lot of people who will bring a problem to your attention and say only they can solve it. There's something just so flim-flam man about this. This is like the guys going town to town in the Old West with miracle cures.

The latest controversy is that America will explode and be in ruins if you don't sing "The Star-Spangled Banner." I think the next one will be who's picture is on your money. These two "problems" illustrate the nonsense that passes for hot-button issues these days.

Think about it: not having a song before a game does not change the game in any way, shape or form. Who's on your money does not change how that money gets spent in any way, shape or form.

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Some of you are already bought into the importance of these things, and I have no clue why. My guess is your parents, teachers and other authority figures beat this into you without ever questioning why.

All of these thoughts and practices are dead man's baggage. We can be patriots without singing, and we can spend money just by looking at the number on it. I have no problem swearing loyalty to my country, but there has to be a better way. If it's truly important that we swear our loyalty to America at sporting events, then why aren't all Americans forced to go to sporting events? Just how silly is it that the only 'real patriots' we have are people that go to events that end with the suffix 'ball.'

Any politician that tries to make hay out of this is doing so because they don't have a real agenda. Don't accept this garbage for even one minute.

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