Monday, September 25, 2017

Protesting the protests...

Now hear this.  I don't give a shit about athletes who kneel when "The Star Spangled Banner" is playing.  In fact, I don't give a shit about most athletes or pro sports.  However, it seems that a lot of people I know are absolutely horrified and disgusted by professional football who are protesting racism by kneeling when the National Anthem plays.  I have read more than one comment from someone who says "it's un-American" for Americans to show disrespect to the flag.

Let me make myself very clear.  People are literally dying in Puerto Rico right now, in the wake of Hurricane Maria.  People in Texas and Florida are still reeling from the effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  North Korea is threatening to nuke the United States.  White supremacists are emboldened to the point of violence in charming, genteel southern cities like Charlottesville, Virginia.  And we have an incompetent moron in the White House who seems determined to permanently screw up the country.

With all of that going on right now, I honestly don't give a fuck who decides to stand and who decides to kneel when the National Anthem is playing.  We have much bigger fish to fry right now.  Moreover, protest is actually a very American thing to do.  Would we be where we are today if the Sons of Liberty didn't protest the British Tea Act back in 1773?  That act of defiance led to the American Revolution, which ultimately led to independence from Britain.  One might say we are on the brink of another Revolution... maybe one that isn't as noble as the formation of an independent America ultimately was.

It's really hard for me to be waxing poetic on Facebook about how disrespectful a bunch of football players are because they knelt when the National Anthem was playing.  I mean, in the grand scheme of things, why does it really matter that they knelt when there are people who are literally dying in disaster areas?  I think the football players have the right to protest.  Maybe it's distasteful to some people that they chose to do it during a football game, which is the players' place of business.  In fact, maybe it's distasteful that Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin used the Emmy Awards as an opportunity to voice their contempt for Donald Trump.  However, it seems to me these folks wouldn't be protesting if things weren't terribly wrong right now.

Seriously, though... you can take your pick of so many issues worthy of protest.  There are so many things going on right now that are upsetting so many people.  It just seems like getting pissed off about football players kneeling versus standing during the National Anthem is pretty small potatoes.  I'm sure those guys will stop taking the knee when more people feel our country is a nation worth honoring.  Aside from that, my husband put on a uniform for thirty years to protect every American's right to freedom of expression.

I think it's sad that so many people are being divided over something like this.  Who cares?  I'm sure the people who are trying to recover after the massive hurricanes that blew through parts of the United States are more concerned about simple survival than political protests at a football game.  I think we should be focused more on helping them than bitching about football players kneeling versus sitting during the National Anthem.  




  1. i'm totally with you on this. How can Trump find time to focus on this issue when so many more pressing matters demand his attention?

    1. Well, because he’s Trump. And a lot of people simply refuse to open their eyes and realize he’s a disaster.


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