I certainly don’t have a problem with Freedom of Speech. I also don’t have a problem with protest, as long as it’s peaceful. But I’m a realist at heart, and most protests don’t amount to a hill of beans. The latest is the NFL’s (and now MLB’s) “taking a knee” during the playing of the national anthem.
To be honest, I frankly don’t give a rat’s ass if players want to take a knee during the anthem or not. And I don’t agree with Donald Trump that NFL owners should fire those that are doing it. It’s their right as Americans not to participate in the anthem. If I’m going to rail about having the right to spout off my opinions on these pages, I’ve got to give them the right not to stand up like adults for the national anthem. They’ve got every right to do so regardless what the reasoning behind it is (and frankly, most of them don’t have a clue what the reason is!).
That all being said, my big question is “What’s the big deal?” Why are we so concerned that a bunch of overpaid twenty-somethings don’t want to stand at attention while our national anthem is played? I could care less. It’s much better in my mind that they kneel than say, play with their crotch, which is what most of them used to do while they were standing there. And if the NFL wants to back it, and doesn’t care what signal that sends to America, so be it. They are the ones that have their TV ratings in the dumpster this year, and most everywhere I’ve read blames it on Colin Kaepernick, who started the whole thing.
This is no different than going back to the Mexico City Olympics in 1968 when Tommie Smith and John Carlos put their fists in the air during the playing of the national anthem. By the way…it wasn’t the right hand either. Smith used his right hand…Carlos used his left hand. It was the right hand that caught on, meaning “black power”. It died out too.
All of this nonsense should pass. It always does. Protests are fine, and that’s what this is. It isn’t hurting anybody, and yes, it’s a slap in the face of the national anthem, but is it really? Does it really bring our country down? Here’s my prediction. In ten years, nobody will remember Colin Kaepernick, his mother, or his movement any more than we currently remember Tommie Smith or John Carlos. You didn’t remember their names, did you? Be honest…you had to Google them to find out who they were!
Oh…one more thing. Donald Trump saying that the NFL Owners should fire the players that kneel is just idiotic. As a businessman, Trump should realize that the owners are business people, and the players are their employees. They aren’t going to fire highly valued stars and employees just for not standing during the national anthem. These guys didn’t get to be billionaires by being stupid.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!