Taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem is one of the most controversial topics on the public’s minds and tongues these days. Many of those who oppose it call it a direct show of disrespect to the United States and to veterans and active duty military. And those who support it that say it is a demonstration of our First Amendment rights.
Country star Neal McCoy is exercising his own First Amendment right in a new song addressing the much-debated practice. “Take a Knee … My Ass!” is a thumping statement by the singer-songwriter declaring his passion for his country, his support of United States military members and his disappointment in those who are kneeling.
The chorus of “Take a Knee … My Ass!” includes the lyrics, “I’ll stand up to the flag / Take off my hat for Old Glory / Thank God I live in the home of the brave and the land of the free / I’ll honor the ones who gave it all, so we’re all free to go play ball / If only for their sake, I won’t take a knee.”
The video that accompanies Neal’s new tune is a melding of photos of brave soldiers, first responders and heartbreaking images of Americans mourning the passing of their heroes.
Of course, it’s up to you to decide which side of the debate you are on. And choosing is one of our freedoms, too.