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Sunday, October 1, 2017

The NFL Kneels

If you've been watching the news you'll note that instead of dealing with climate change, the Flint water crisis, Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico or the fact that instead of dismantling the ACA we should be improving it. Our Cheeto in Chief has started a fight with the NFL and other sports players who are kneeling during the National Anthem.

I've watched with a heavy heart as Trump has called them "sons of bitches" insulting not only them but the women that gave them life. I've read tweets and articles about how he thinks the NFL should fire these men for disrespecting our flag and country.

What has happened to America? I am a liberal woman and I love our country. But it is becoming harder to retain that love and respect every day this man is president.  First of all we can talk about how ridiculous it is our president attacks private citizens and can't manage an intelligent sentence. Or how unbelievably it is the President of the USA uses twitter worse than a teenage girl and that his staff doesn't slap the phone out of his hand and tell him to stop.

We can go over and over the fact that this man is not fit to be president and is basically the poster boy for White Supremacists and Nazis. He revels in the fact that those who support him most are deplorable.

However we don't need to because I've written about those things before.

No, no, tonight I want to write about how stupid this whole kneeling during the National Anthem thing is.  These men are not disgracing the flag. This has nothing to do with the flag. Colin Kaepernick sat for the first time in 2016 and then started kneeling. This was to protest racial discrimination and police brutality.  It was not about sticking it to the flag or giving a finger to patriotism. In fact he started kneeling because a Green Beret former NFL player told him to kneel instead of sit so it WOULDN'T be offensive to the military. In fact kneeling looks more humbling and respectful than linking arms or sitting

Let's also look at the fact the Star Spangled Banner didn't even become the National Anthem until 1931.

We can also consider than until 2009 football players stayed in their locker rooms during the anthem.

Members of the military lay down their lives and fight for the USA to give people the right to sit or stand during the National Anthem. As Americans we have the right to peacefully protest.

I don't want to hear about how they shouldn't protest at work. Our president is a reality TV star who puts his name on anything he can get his hands on. He's a liar and an adulterer and goes against everything good Christians and people believe in. If he is allowed to speak for our country it won't harm us to allow athletes to peacefully protest for the five minutes it takes to sing a damn song.

I've seen those memes that say" I stand for the flag and kneel at the cross." What a horrible play on emotions that is. For one there are many religions, even some versions of Christianity that do no kneel at a cross. There are also many cultures/religions that believe kneeling is a sign of reverence, of peace.

Whether or not you think this is doing any good should be the most important aspect. Is kneeling during the anthem bringing to light or causing a conversation about police brutality and racial discrimination? I'm not sure to be honest. All I know is it is starting a conversation, many as it seems.  All conversations that need to be had. If it is doing any good awaits to be seen.

For myself, a woman who does not say the Pledge of Allegiance nor do I make my children. I say that as long as you are quiet and not making a ruckus during the anthem I don't care if you stand, sit, kneel, lay down or stay in a locker room.

This country has bigger issues and bigger problems. Let's think about those.