With little apparent respect for our traditions, it makes you wonder what he'll change...This is a sad example of how messed up our system has become.
Do you really believe that most people put their hands on their heart out of patriotism? Most do because everyone else is doing it. Were you there? Are you sure the National Anthem was being played at the very moment the photo was snapped?I believe the Anthem is frequently played inappropriately. At political events, military functions, and affairs of state absolutely fine. At sporting events I have a problem. There is nothing more ridiculous than hearing the Anthem at a horse race track, while the gamblers are doping out their selections and oblivious to what is being broadcast through the P.A.The opinion of a 4-year active duty, volunteer veteran.
To answer your first question - yes, I do. It should be out of patriotism or respect. Either one is fine. To do something "because everyone else is doing it" is one of THE lamest excuses ever offered. I guess you've heard this one from your parents - "If all your friends jumped off a bridge, you would too?"Was I there? No. But from the photograph, where Governor Richardson and Mrs. Clinton had their hands over their hearts, I can infer that either the Pledge was being recited or the National Anthem was being played. You know, kinda like when you see everyone carrying an umbrella, you can infer that it's raining outside. Or perhaps a massive, crowd wide epidemic of erratic heart beats" ?? Nahhhhhh.I can't tell you anything about race tracks; as I do not participate in that habit. However, that being said, it is my belief that no matter where or when the National Anthem is being played, it should be listened to with respect. Saying that it shouldn't be played because of the boorish behavior of some people is another lame excuse. There was a time when our flag and our Anthem garnered more respect than they do. To me, it's sad that that has changed.By the way, thank you for your service; however, that does NOT make your opinion more valid than mine - just different.73 de W2LJ
Larry we can respectfully disagree on some of the issues. My observations and opinions do not mirror yours and we are, probably, on opposite sides of the political spectrum. I am liberal on some matters and conservative on others. You may also be, though not on the same issues.Politics and amateur radio definitely do not mix.You have a very nice ham radio blog. Keep up the good work and good luck in your own QRP efforts. I am impressed with your peanut-power success rate. Wish I had a decent antenna in order to increase my own but that ramains a real problem for me.73 from a 100% QRP operator. Hope to work you some day on 40M when it becomes a bit more regional again. Couple years ago I worked Jersey regularly.