The Other Side of the Story...
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I would like to start a conversation regarding the different take you may have on the NFL “protests”. Please be candid and professional as we all have a voice; the only way we do not have a voice is if we choose not to use it. So…

I have been a Soldier since the age of 18; it has guided my life and why I am where I am today. Patriotism was never a question’ Saluting our Flag was a given, and standing shoulder to shoulder in the defense of this great county was an Honor. The funny thing is as I was growing up; this was never a question; never. I cannot recall one time in my past when it was acceptable to desecrate our nations Flag, disrespect Law Enforcement, Teachers, Soldiers and Authority Figures with the exception of Vietnam Veterans, and not be proud to be an American.

The National Anthem and our Countries Flag have always been synonymous, not one without the other. Trump said what the majority of Americans are thinking like it or not. This has no regard to the concept of Police shootings/brutality, nothing. Just as you have a right to disagree; this does not negate my right to thinking otherwise.

Lastly, since Kaperdink started this whole debacle; What came of it? And Why? What came of it? Nothing, I say again Nothing. Donating some money and making public appearances is a cop out and a sellout.

If the Players were able to come together so they are unified with the same message and a rational well thought out alternative? I would consider their angst a little more tolerable but would not waver from my personal Values.

Kids are doing this at school sporting events; one principal in San Diego talked to his students to tone down the chants of USA as this might be offensive to some… This should be our breaking point; our children deserve better; than the whims of a “Professional Sports Figure”. Are these Values that we want our future generations to perpetuate? My Opinion No…

Please just respond to the question as I plan on continuing this discussion but one or two topics at a time so we can focus on that particular point and reduce the redundancy in future discussions (think I just Negated that) … I await your interpretation of this topic; recommendations for other Segways for discussion on this topic are encouraged

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timeontarget commented on Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 at 15:32 PM

Frankly I was shocked when that guy in California was not booted immediately.

I am not a veteran but I am a patriot and I love this country.

I am also not a stick and ball fan of any kind. My only sport for my entire life has been auto racing and NASCAR in particular.

At races the opening ceremony is a major part of the show. It has always been that way.

In my mind there is no option other than stand at attention and either salute or cross your heart and remain reverent.

I have more thoughts but for now I will await other comments from other fellow bloggers.

wayne44 commented on Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017 at 16:47 PM

HMJC. I spent 22 years in the Army and considered it a priviledge to serve this great county. It would not ever occur to me to do anything that would disgrace the Flag or the Anthem. The kneeling or sitting is an action that is a slap in the face to every American who gave their life to preserve the freedoms these ungrateful louts take for granted. It has not changed one thing but has made a lot of folks mad at the NFL which is showing up in stadium attendance and TV viewing. I am sick of hearing that they aren't dishonoring veterans service, the Flag, or the Anthem, but trying to make people aware of the injustices and oppression taking place in the country. I am still waiting for someone to point out who is oppressed. That is a copout because if they were that concerned they would be in their communities trying to help those less fortunate. Spend a little of that fortune you get for playing a game where it would count the most.

Funkentelecky commented on Thursday, Sep 28, 2017 at 14:32 PM

We don't have 1st amendment protection from a private employer. The NFL only encourages its players to stand during the anthem. There are so many legitimate ways for them to stop this by implementing direct rules while on the job. I wonder if they even have the courage to do so

HMJC commented on Thursday, Sep 28, 2017 at 16:26 PM

Funk, you already know the answer to that; it all relates to the "Benjamins".

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