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TAKING A KNEE

September 27, 2017

For the spoiled overpaid professional athletes in the NFL and NBA who hate America and want to make a political statement against the police who risk their lives to protect us every day taking a knee during out national anthem is an acceptable form of protest. To me and other American veterans and active members of the active military it is totally unacceptable. In fact, it is the ultimate insult.

 

For us taking a knee is what we do to honor our fallen comrades. There is the iconic image, now immortalized in a statue of a grieving soldier taking a knee in front of a pair of military boots and an inverted rifle with a helmet on its butt. Originally, the inverted rifle and helmet was used by American soldiers to alert the teams that retrieved dead soldiers of their locations. The rifle with a bayonet was stuck in the ground with the helmet of the dead soldier and his dog tags so they could be identified.

 

Preferably it was at the head of the shallow grave the soldier was buried in, but often in the heat of combat there was no time for burial so it was to mark the site of the unburied body. So for us, taking a knee is a way of expressing our grief for a dead comrade, and our respect for the reasons that they died. Most of the elitist players of the NFL have never seen or heard of this act of respect in the military, or if they have don’t understand its meaning, or don’t care.

 

In the case of Colin Kaepernick who started this, he is kneeling because he hates our country and wants to pay homage to his real heroes, Fidel Castro who brutalized and oppressed the people of Cuba for decades, and Che Guevara. Guevara was an especially brutal terrorist, whose specialty was leading his men into unarmed towns, executing all of the men and boys, and then raping the women and girls before murdering them. This has made him a hero of ignorant members of the left like Kaepernick.

 

I am not a sports star, millionaire, or Hollywood elitist although I have been many things in my life. I have been a lawyer, a teacher, a public speaker, a published author, a freelance writer, and a radio talk show host. None of that sets me above any other hard working American who believes in God and out country. However, those things are what I have done, not who I am. Who I was, still am, and always will be is an American soldier. This means that I will always stand at attention and salute when the National Anthem is played, and I will kneel and pray when I attend the funeral of one of my fellow soldiers.

 

However, unless there is a drastic change I will never watch another NFL game or ever buy any products or services pushed by its sponsors.

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Welcome back.
Your commentary expresses my sentiments perfectly.
Thank you.

I agree 100% with your statements.
I've been turned off by "professional football" for a long time. Thugs making millions of dollars a year or even monthly. These "men" serve as role models for thousand of kids showing them what excess can do for you. Five, ten, fifty million dollar mansions, scores of high end sports cars, dozens of diamond studded watches, on and on. The criminal activities of many of them would land most people in prison but they are saved by their lawyers and influence of team owners and management. Now add to this the blatant disrespect for our country and our flag. Our mighty flag has been paid for with the blood of our brave soldiers around the world. No one has the right to disrespect her under any circumstances.
Every American has the right to protest what they feel is inequality or laws they don't agree with and lobby to have them changed. Football players or anyone else can protest in many ways but disrespecting our flag and our Nation Anthem is unforgivable. If I owned a team it would be very simple, you stand quietly, right hand over your heart or in salute for the entire ceremony until the anthem ends, thanking God for being able to live in this great country and thankful for the brood shed for your freedom, If not you are no longer employed.

Michael; I think these NFL players should stand , with their hands on their chest. but I change my mine on the NFL players stand before a game. They are blaming the National Anthem and the Flag . They the black NFL players should be blaming the democrats , for 60 to 80 years the democrats have been holding all blacks in the ghetto. One of the only way to get out of the ghetto was to become good in sports.
one more thing , blacks living in the ghetto must stop living in tribes. They call each other brother and sister. They should start to learn to think to be independent .

What the communist and the democrats have in common ! The communist manifesto was written by Carl Marx and he was against family, religion, and private property . Lenin said hate was the basis of communism, and Antonio Gramsci said in 1921, the way to take over the United States , was first take over the courts, and remove the father from the home. The democrats have been pushing this agenda for 85 years. They hate family, religion, and private property.
They love giving away welfare , because the people who get the welfare, and this includes government employee, will vote for the democrats.



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