Months of waiting
have finally paid off for the millions of football fans across America and
the world. Thursday, September 4th kicks off the 2003 season in the National
Football League and college football enters its second week this weekend.
followers of this great American tradition there is no better time of year.
Tradition is a great part of the football culture. The college game is so
deeply entrenched with traditions it is impossible to imagine the games without
and its traditions, however, are becoming targets of those who would reshape
our society in the name of “sensitivity,” “inclusion,” and “tolerance.” The
traditions of football are no more welcome to the dealers of political correctness,
than any other traditions here in America. In fact, at times it seems anything
traditional is under siege by the political correctors of modern-day America.
year there will be episodes of the political correctors trying their best
to stop student led prayers at high school football games. No matter that
these prayers are long in history and heritage, no matter that the students
and players wish to pray. The political correctors oppose traditions like
prayer at games because they oppose America and any tradition, which honors
our roots and culture.
uproar over the Ten Commandments in Alabama is more of the same effort to
squash American traditions. This country was founded on a belief in God and
the liberties He blesses us with. Remembering this truth of our founding
as a nation is therefore a target of the political correctors. The Ten Commandments
being displayed in public celebrates our heritage, thus the political correctors
oppose it being displayed.
great example of the Left’s attack on American traditions is the campaign
they are waging on the Boy Scouts. No group has felt the sting of the anti-traditional
America crusade more than the Scouts have.
dare to honor God in their ranks and dare to oppose Gay scoutmasters. This
is of course their right to do. They are a private group, and the freedom
of association is one of America’s greatest liberties.
honor things like duty, belief in God, and honor. These are the hallmarks
of American tradition. Of course the political correctors do not believe
in these and certainly not in the freedom of association either. To them
there should be no right for any group to control its membership roles. They
feel the Scouts should leave God out and welcome Gay scoutmasters, so they
will never cease their campaign until the Scouts give in.
been documented here repeatedly the tradition of gun ownership has long been
the favorite target of the political correctors. Securing our God-given liberties
is not possible without guns and the freedom to own them. There is no greater
or more vital American tradition and surely none other has been attacked
with more fervor or venom.
the American tradition of hunting is and has been under attack. The political
correctors rant and rave about animal rights, cruelty to animals and the
harm allegedly done to children by hunting with their fathers. Yet the real
reason they oppose hunting is it is a tradition passed down for generations
hunting, competition is a deeply held tradition here in America. And of course
this too is under fire from the left wing. Grades are discouraged in school
lest we hurt the self-esteem of those students who do not make the highest
marks. Never mind that the competition will drive them to improve and learn
more. Never mind the facts that students should feel competitive. No one
succeeds without a competitive spirit.
campaign against competition continues, targeting children's sports where
keeping score is criticized as too competitive and demeaning to the losers
of the games. Again, never mind that competition builds character and perseverance.
All American traditions must go according to the political correctors.
consider the attacks by the political correctors on the confederate flag
and more recently the American flag. No Southerner with a knowledge of their
history can look for long with dry eyes at the flag his ancestors fell under
in the War Between the States. Our traditions pay homage to the flag, but
these traditions have felt for decades now the sheer hatred of the
shameful type of attack now wages against Old Glory. Nothing is more traditional
than that banner. It is the most powerful symbol of everything America is.
Thus the attacks against it.
of this nation are many and should be defended against those who would rob
us of them. If we lose them, or fail to defend them we will lose our nation.
This must not happen.
Doug Hagin is a freelance writer.