Skip to comments.Actions Speak Louder Than Words [Greatest Play in Baseball]
Posted on 03/24/2013 9:01:25 AM PDT by WXRGina
Society is two-faced when it comes to violence. Despite copious shedding of crocodile tears over so-called gun violence, we find other forms of violence quite acceptable, and even worthy of being institutionalized. Spanking your child for willful disobedience is a no-no, but the destruction of private property is tolerated as long as the perpetrators are demonstrating against some perceived injustice.
In the eyes of many, violent, destructive behavior, including malicious mischief, looting and vandalism, is a valid form of political expression, particularly when it comes to demanding ones rights. During the free speech movement of the 60s the practice of burning objects as a means of protest became popular. They burned effigies, draft cards, bras, books, flags anything to dramatize their cause and capture the publics attention.
In the process, the domain of free speech and the right to open dissent was expanded to include the symbolic intent of physical demonstrations. No longer was freedom of speech just about words. Society began to accept the violent destruction of symbolic objects as a way to protest. Most often, the object in question was the American flag.
In 1969 (Texas v. Johnson) the supreme court found that flag burning is free speech. That same year I returned from the war in Vietnam and felt that the hateful desecration of Americas greatest symbol for freedom had been elevated to the level of reasoned and informed debate. In principle, thats equivalent to letting a Hells Angel biker become the Pope. I felt betrayed.
Since that time, waves of political correctness have eroded the shores of political dissent. Where once stood a great escarpment of scholarship, intellectual integrity, knowledge of history and respect for tradition, now only a sand bar of hate speech lines the shore. Now, dissenters who dare to exercise their right to free speech are called bigots, or worse.
But recently I was reminded that actions do speak louder than words. And Im not talking about destructive or violent actions. Im talking about choosing to act and do the right thing when the opportunity arises. Here is a video thats been around for a while, but I hadnt seen it until it was forwarded to me in an email [video below]. It shows how Rick Monday saved the flag 37 years ago.
The Greatest Play in Baseball--Rick Monday Saves U.S. Flag, April 25, 1976, Dodger Stadium
confirm thy soul in self control, thy liberty in law
(from the 2nd verse of America The Beautiful)
I love that film clip. What a moment!
A great American with a true Love of Country.
Thanks for the post, made my day!!!
“all this for a damn flag”
That’s some good stuff! :-)
Yeah, how far we’ve fallen that our First “Lady” would say such a detestable thing.
Semper Fi Rick Monday
Bears re-watching PING!
This was new to me. Kudos to Rick Monday.
I didn’t know that. That makes this story even better!
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