OK, so conservatives are still talking about this. I guess when the main news of the day is so cruddy you just gotta go back and be all self-righteous about something that seems more cut-and-dried.
But let’s make it real simple by going with the counter example and working our way back.
Suppose you were forced to stand for the national anthem.
That would be like North Korea.
Then you would not be free.
Freedom is the thing we’re always thanking the services members for defending.
So by choosing not to stand you’re actually thanking them for the freedom they fought for by exercising that freedom.