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Kneeling for a Better America

Kneeling during the National Anthem does not mean you are un-Patriotic. It does not mean you do not respect the service of veterans. It does not mean you do not like America.

 

To the contrary, it means you care so much for this country that you want it to live up to its Declaration that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

 

Kneeling professional football players are exercising the First Amendment to the Constitution which states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

 

This is the platform they have to air their incredibly legitimate grievances. If the peaceful protests are not allowed, it is a violation of the Executive Oath of Office which the President took in January when he stated, “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.  So help me, God.”

 

It does not seem that he is preserving, protecting, or defending the Constitution in this situation.

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7 thoughts on “Kneeling for a Better America

  1. I may be a Canadian who has no say in what goes on in the USA, but I am also an NFL fan.
    I am also a fan of democracy, equal rights, and freedom of speech.

    If the President can call white supremists “good people”, how can he call black NFL players “sons of bitches”, that should be suspended or fired. Both were legally protesting.

    The timing of this is really bad for the President.
    I watched last year how roughly 10 players in the NFL protested. Colin Kapaernik was the first. He has since been black-balled by the NFL community. No NFL GM wanted him om their roster, partly due to his playing ability, but mostly to do with the media storm and possible locker room effect.
    After that, the protests almost ceased. No other players wanted to lose millions. They instead did ride alongs with police and helped out community projects.
    Then 2 things happened.
    First, NFL player Michael Bennet was racially profiled in Las Vegas (shots rang out in a casino, hundreds ran but Bennett was the only man the police focused on. He felt it was because he is black, and is suing the Las Vegas police department).
    Second, and way more importantly, the President said the “sons of bitches”, but also urged fans to boycott the NFL. This, by the way is illegal. Not just wrong, but against the law. Not even the President is above the law.
    18 US code subsection 227 basically reads no politician, including the President, shall not influence the employment decision or employment practice.of a private entity.

    Now all of the NFL teams are united against this. NFL owners stand alongside the players. Some kneel. Most lock arms. This movement was almost gone. Now it’s stronger than ever.

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.

      I agree with you. If Colin Kaepernick is still a good QB, the NFL owners are in a tough position now because they united with their players over a cause started by him and now he possibly cannot get a job as a result of that cause. These teams stand by their players who have drug suspensions and on the field antics which adversely affect the actual game played yet they won’t sign a player who is committed to a cause which is backed by the U.S. Constitution and is not a distraction once the actual game begins.

      A good by-product of all this had been the discussions on the topics of race, equality, and peaceful protests. NFL players have always done much charity work. They can continue that by connecting communities and law enforcement in positive ways.

      • I think Kap should get a job. Even as a backup. Cleveland and Jacksonville always need QB’s. Maybe the Bengals as well. Personally, when he gets a job, I think Roger Goodell should have a press conference with Kaeparnik, shake his hand and thank him. Maybe even apologize for the way he was treated.
        The NFL has gotten enough bad press about Michael Vick, Ray Rice, Aaron Hernandez and CTE’s. They need a little bit of good news.

      • Kaepernick getting signed would be great for his career and his cause. That would be quite a press conference if it were to happen!

  2. It’s been interesting reading about Muhammad Ali recently – when he died, he was revered, but decades earlier during his career, he was widely criticized.
    Now I recognize he likely won’t achieve the same athletic heights as Ali, I imagine the same belated respect will be true for Colin Kaepernick

    • Time sure has changed the perspective on Ali. It will be interesting to see what happens with Colin Kaepernick. Will he even be signed by a team and play football again?

      • Before their game last Sunday, the team I root for, the Miami Dolphins had many players that wore shirts with the slogan #IMWITHKAP.
        There are probably 5 or more teams that should sign him since he is better than their current QB. Also, some CFL teams should approach him. Now with this renewed interest in the protests, I suspect he will get a job in the NFL again. He would not be alone, and the media storm would be less. If NFL owners truly stand behind the cause, they should support the person that initiated it.

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