In the fall of 2017, 29-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright returned home to be laid to rest after being slain in the line of duty. On his flight home to Atlanta, Dr. Pamela Gaudry — of Savanah, Georgia — felt inspired to honor the fallen soldier by singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” as his coffin was accompanied off the plane. Dr. Gaudry spoke to many on the flight to see if they would be comfortable in joining her; overwhelmingly, the responses were positive.
As they approached their destination, a flight attendant told Dr. Gaudry that it was against the company policy of Delta Airlines for them to sing the National Anthem. Yes; you read that correctly. Upon landing, the pilot asked all on board to remain quiet and seated while the deceased Staff Sgt. was escorted off the plane by the Delta Honor Guard.
Immediately after disembarking, Dr. Gaudry took it upon herself to make a video and post it on Facebook explaining her side of the story and her ire at the situation. Since the time of the incident, Delta Airlines explained that the scenario was a misunderstanding by an individual acting on behalf of the company without understanding company policy and that they will continue to be proud, faithful supporters of the US Military as they have been for many years.
Dr. Gaudry’s story is not unique. One person telling another not to celebrate their country is not an uncommon occurrence. Unfortunately, In contemporary American society, we are seeing a clash — of ever-increasing intensity — within our culture between those who seek to honor, revere, and celebrate our great nation and those who appear to be — at the least — embarrassed by it, if not entirely diametrically opposed to the very ideals that are fundamental to our republic.
Too often do liberty-loving patriots choose to remain silent because it is easier than dealing with the public confrontation that often arises otherwise. Go to any shopping mall, coffee shop, or other open space and sit down for a brief moment, when it’s busy. I personally guarantee you will hear someone complaining about the state of the economy, President Trump, or some other aspect of the United States. Granted, they’ll more than likely be factually incorrect in their airing of grievances, but that doesn’t change the fact that they’re still polluting the airways with this nonsense.
Popular culture openly mocks those who are not coastal residents, affluent or live a lifestyle of promiscuity. Mainstream media outlets thumb their noses at anybody right-of-center on the political spectrum. Yet the very notion of Americanism — the celebration of civil liberties and the rule of law, among other things — that so many of us revere is loathsome to them.
It is fashionable to hate America. That needs to change, and it starts with people like us.
We need to start being aggressive with setting the record straight. We must educate our friends and peers about the noble truth of our nation’s history, the brilliance of our founding fathers and their philosophies, and the force for good that the United States has been in the world.
Otherwise, people like that flight attendant will be the ones controlling the narrative for the foreseeable future.