I think we can all say we have some issues or concerns with the way things are going in our country. What’s supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave is quickly becoming a place where people don’t expect consequences or repercussions for the actions they take with expressing their freedoms. Thus is true with 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. In a pre-season game several days ago, Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem. He says that he will not stand again until there is change in our country. While he has every right to express his outrage and irritation at the issues our country is facing, he must expect every other American citizen to react to it without getting butt hurt over it.
What’s it to me?
I honestly don’t care if he stands or sits during the national anthem. What’s it to me? How is it interfering with ME honoring MY country? If he chooses to disrespect our nation and those who have lost their lives so that he can freely earn millions of dollars playing a game, that’s HIS choice to make. It doesn’t have any direct impact on how I honor America and choose to respect our armed forces.
There’s a flip side to this situation
Kaepernick plays a professional sport where millions of dollars are paid to him to not only perform at a certain level, but also conduct himself in a way that reflects positive values on himself, his team, the team’s ownership, and the organization as a whole. He is as much a reflection on the organization as he is on himself. Whatever he says or does, the whole organization has to respond to it. Ownership has to address media questions and go on the defensive. Kids look to him to set an example, and while he should set an example to stand up for what he believes in, he should be careful not to teach being disloyal to our country, and the men and women who fought so hard to give us every freedom we have today. I’m sure not every one of those soldiers who died for our freedoms liked every single issue, whether good or bad, but were willing to serve our country regardless. It’s almost as if he’s given up. Our flag and nation will stand forever, so to protest the anthem and what it stands for, is giving up on our country.
Protest in a different way!
I am not going to stand and applaud him for taking a stand in the manner in which he chose, and I think there are other ways he could protest his dismay. Disrespecting the national anthem and our country is not the way he should be initiating change. Get out into the world. Reach people face to face. Work with the oppressed and the fallen in our country. You make $19 million per year! Start a charity. Give money to good causes that help push change in our country. Vote for the candidate you most believe can be the president to make the changes that will benefit our country. Don’t just sit around on your ass looking like an ass. You come across as cocky, disrespectful, defiant, and arrogant (and did I mention an ass?). Be actively involved in making immediate changes where you can. Sitting down to protest American during the national anthem doesn’t help changes to be made, and he certainly shouldn’t expect changes to happen overnight because of his gesture. Do what the rest of us do. Take pride in being part of the greatest free nation in the world and initiate change in a positive way, but at the same time peacefully and respectfully protest when changes are needed. Help others. Help change lives. Help future generations understand how important it is to respect our country, our forefathers, and our service men and women!
Be active and responsible for initiating good change in our country!
So, I will not stand up for your sitting down, Colin Kaepernick. While I applaud you for standing up (or in this case sitting down) for what you believe in, disrespecting our country is not the way to do it. You aren’t going to attract those who want to change. You are going to attract those who disagree with you and want to take your head off. Choose a different route to express your discontent and outrage! Find a cause you can believe in off the field and donate your time and energy to helping others see your point of view. There are millions of other Americans that feel the same way you do, but I don’t think many of them would refuse to honor America and it’s fallen soldiers because of it. It’s hateful, wrong, un-American, and stubborn. Be a part of the change, not a part of the problem.
The choices Colin makes are his to own, and only his to own, but he must be prepared to face backlash and repercussions for them on a higher level of scrutiny than someone who is not a celebrity. I am with him 100% that there needs to be changes in our country. Everyone has the right to be treated equally regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, etc. No one deserves to be mistreated because of who they are.
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