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Subj: Re: NFL and kneeling
Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 at 01:30:09 pm EDT (Viewed 63 times)
Reply Subj: NFL and kneeling
Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 at 11:43:49 am EDT (Viewed 89 times)

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Just wondering about everyone's position here.

While I sympathize with (Kaepernick's) initial reasoning, I'm not sure I agree with kneeling. Whatever social niggles the US has, the flag and National Anthem are as much to honor those who fought and/or died for the country.

That said, my opinion shifted once Trump weighed in. A President suggesting people be fired (i.e. punished) for kneeling during the National Anthem makes it a direct case of government interfering with freedom of speech, something those same soldiers fought and died defending.

Kneeling is respecting the flag and perhaps more than standing. Pointing out the flaws in the system is inherently better, and frankly, kneeling is more reverent.

The flag is a rag. No one died for it. They died for kneeling, and other forms of protest against the government.

And above all, the orange guy in the white house needs to be silent. He just made it an issue to obfuscate things and spread hate.