It’s taken me some time to gather my thoughts; make some kind of sense of them. There’s been so much on my mind lately…
It started with the NFL.
But things have gotten so much worse, haven’t they?
I digress. This blog will be about the Flag, the Anthem, and the NFL.
I had taken some time to talk to a few of our Nation’s honored Veterans, to get some insight into how THEY are thinking. Whether they are young or seasoned, the consensus is the same.
Colton, a 20-something, a Millennial, who served in the Army as a Sergeant, and is currently a deputy sheriff, gave me some food for thought on the Anthem protests:
“The first amendment does not extend to private employment situations. Wish the clowns would shut up about these players rights to freedom of speech. It never has, it never will pertain to private employment.”
“The NFL didn’t let the cowboys honor the victims of the BLM cop killer by sporting a decal because Roger Goodell said they don’t want to voice any political opinions. They can’t honor dead cops, they can’t honor 9/11 victims, and on top of that they have a specific rule that outlines how they act during the National Anthem. It’s great to protest, but not at work. No one want to go sit down and eat, and have the waiter start a conversation about global warming, or their opinion on North Korea. Where was everyone caring and kneeling before Donald Trump made the statements? These owners, coaches and players are only kneeling because Trump made the statement about the owners firing the “sons of a bitches”.”
I also spoke with, Brian, a 40-something, a Gen X-er, like myself, who served as a U.S. Army Combat Medic, 3/17th Infantry, shared some of his thoughts, not only on the flag and Anthem protests, but a great many topics. We’ll start with the flag and the NFL:
“I, and many like me, fought for the right to fly our flag. Granted, there has been very little threat—serious threat—to our nation’s sovereignty. I have, and shall forever have, the right and privilege of flying our Flag in our yard until my last days. I’ve seen men, shrouded in that flag, that no longer have the ability to express their patriotism. I think it’s an absolute disgrace that ANYONE, as a citizen of the U.S., would even think to disrespect our Nations Flag. I understand the claim from the first millionaire wannbe athelete/politician—protesting the violence against blacks. Fine. However, doing it in that manner, unacceptable. You want to actually make a difference, choose the platform or avenue that would actually carry some weight. Doing it for your own personal gain, against, in essence, the founding symbol of this nation—disgraceful. The recent support that has spread, the black power fist; Roger Goodell praising those that are kneeling in protest—my last NFL football game was the second half of the Monday night Cardinal’s game on the 25th. I refuse to support an organization that so blatantly disregards the symbols of our Country that has given them so much opportunity.”
I myself, have never had the honor of serving. But I understand how these guys feel. I grew up in an America where you LEARNED the words to the National Anthem, you held your hand over your heart and said the Pledge of Allegiance, you felt that swelling sense of pride as you did either one. What has happened to the patriotism of the American people?
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