I hope the American people think twice before they follow our supreme leader into the more authoritarian country he seems to prefer. The last time I checked President Trump did not serve in the US military. I heard there was something about his feet or maybe it was his small hands, I don't know. But as a veteran, I feel disrespected by his antics over some young men in the NFL kneeling during the national anthem. It suggests to me that he may not understand that the flag is just a piece of cloth, and that the national anthem is only a song. What is important about both of them is what they stand for--freedom and justice for all. You may agree or disagree with the players kneeling down, but the point they're trying to make is that we as a people, we as a country, are not living up in all respects to what our flag and our national anthem are trying to tell us. I know that the people who voted for President Trump love this country as much as I do. They love their flag. They love the national anthem. If only I felt the same way about President Trump.
His using these sacred symbols in a political gambit makes me think he either doesn't know what these symbols stand for, or doesn't care. His past behavior suggests that it is the latter. Anything that helps him with his base must be good. Me. Me. Me. The game he is playing this time, however, uses our patriotism in the most cynical of ways. Don’t be fooled. Remember folks, although I wouldn't do it, the Supreme Court has ruled that you can actually burn the American flag. I think that's stupid, but the court's ruling is proof positive we live in the land of the free, even when we think the actions taken are wrong or ugly. Please keep in mind that if we find ourselves living in a country where those brave young men can't kneel during the national anthem, we should take it as a warning sign. A warning that we are living in a country that is no longer free.
Unfortunately, I think the point the players are trying to make is valid and something all of us should be concerned about. While I'm not particularly happy about their choosing the flag and the national anthem to make that point, I am much angrier that the President of the United States would close his eyes, or maybe not even care about the message these young men are trying to send to all of us for a headline or two. Where are we heading when the President makes a fuss about a football game for political gain? his actions thus far make me begin to wonder if his slogan, “Making America Great Again,” might not involve a return to some sort of second Jim Crow era. An exaggeration, maybe? I certainly hope and pray I'm wrong.
“O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?”