Here I thought I was an American citizen, contributing in dollar and in spirit to what makes this country great. But it seems something called Sportsman Channel has pulled the red, white and blue right out from under me.
The only television network providing hunting, shooting and fishing programming, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Sportsman Channel claims to celebrate a lifestyle that is "truly American." The problem is, that lifestyle is not my lifestyle. And the question is, does that make me truly un-American?
With the upcoming launch of a show called "Amazing America," hosted on Sportsman Channel by Sarah Palin, I have to wonder. A press release explains that the program will honor the American spirit and the great outdoors in equal measure. When I first read this, I thought, "Cool. I'm an American. I have spirit. I love the great outdoors. Maybe Sarah Palin will want to interview me."
Then I got to the part that said the network is geared toward people who like to hunt, fish and shoot. I am not one of those people. I like to hike and look at flowers and birds. I don't care for killing game. Not that I've done it; in fact, the very thought disgusts me. I believe there is nothing sporting about using a high-powered semi-automatic weapon to obliterate an unsuspecting animal.
Now I'm thinking maybe Sarah Palin won't want to interview me, which is her prerogative and she's entitled to it. Let her and her employer feature whatever they want. But please don't let them decide what's truly American.