It’s a Free Country … That’s the Point

With the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of September 11, 2001 coming up on Sunday there has been a great deal of chatter about how Chiefs fans should react to our national anthem.

Years ago, and I can’t remember exactly when, fans at Arrowhead Stadium started substituting “Home of the Chiefs” at the end of the anthem for the original “Home of the Brave.”

For some reason, that’s always disturbed some people who claim it is disrespectful. Those people have come out of the woodwork this week, calling for Chiefs fans to save their “Chiefs” and say “Brave.”

“Should the Arrowhead faithful end the National Anthem as they usually do on Sunday: “and the home of the Chiefs”?” wrote the Kansas City Star’s editorial writer Yael T. Abouhalkah. “No, they shouldn’t. It should be sung as written: “the home of the brave.” It’s always disrespectful to end with “Chiefs” in place of “brave” …”

Here’s my take: if you want to say “home of the Chiefs”, then say home of the Chiefs; if you want to say “home of the brave”, then say home of the brave.

It’s not disrespectful at all to substitute the team for the brave, and there hasn’t been a Chiefs fan that’s done so that was doing it to insult anyone, including the military that serve and protect us. They have stood and honored their country and their favorite team.

The fans that have done so over the years are enjoying their freedom to do so, which is the point of all of this. We have not a dictatorship in this country that determines that everyone must say “the right thing.” The military that served and protected us over hundreds of years, worked to protect the right of fans to substitute the Chiefs for the brave. This virus of political correctness continues to infect our relationships and leaves people afraid to express themselves, to use the freedoms that have been won and protected for them. Freedoms that if kept under wraps make them disappear.

America is about having an opinion, a love, a passion, a joy, and being allowed to speak publicly and express that feeling.

So sing out “home of the Chiefs” if that’s how you feel. If you neighbor sings “home of the brave”, then slap him on the back, shake his hand and enjoy being part of the greatest country in the world.

9 Responses to “It’s a Free Country … That’s the Point”

  • September 9, 2011  - Michael says:

    Great words Bob. I for one will be screaming “Home of the CHIEFS!” all the way from dirty D. Hope everyone in KC can hear me; including the Star.


  • September 9, 2011  - TRUEGRIT says:

    I think the US is becoming too PC. CHIEFS…

  • September 9, 2011  - Donald says:

    This brings up a great memory for me: 1993, Monday night, Packers were in town, Salute to the Military night. I was part of the Navy color guard and wound up at midfield for the singing of the National Anthem. When the full house thundered “CHIEFS” at the end of the anthem, I swear I felt the ground shake. Simply Awesome!!!

    For me, I’m quite OK with “CHIEFS” at the end of the anthem. Keep up the tradition.

  • September 9, 2011  - Husteak says:

    I could not agree more with your statements of freedom, and this country being “infected with the PC virus”.

    Great write up. Thanks.

  • September 9, 2011  - rufus says:

    Good write Bob. Or should I say “brave” write up. heh

  • September 9, 2011  - johnfromfairfax says:

    Thanks for the perspective Bob and reminding us what our nation is all about… By the way, do you think Yael T. Abouhalkah is a pseudonym for Rufus Dawes?

  • September 10, 2011  - Richard says:


  • September 10, 2011  - TDKC says:

    I love yelling “Chiefs” at the end of the anthem. I even do it at Mizzou games.

  • September 11, 2011  - Matthew says:

    Who cares what Yael thinks anyway? That guy has ruined his credibility over the years with his moronic opinions. Do the opposite of what he says – then you’ll be okay.

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