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Subj: Re: NFL and kneeling
Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 at 01:39:07 pm EDT (Viewed 196 times)
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Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 at 11:43:49 am EDT (Viewed 240 times)
Quote:Just wondering about everyone's position here.
Quote: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.
Quote: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.
I'm not a fan of forced patriotism, so kneeling doesn't offend me. I'd argue that Trump has made statements that are more disrespectful to the people who have fought and died for the country, such as "I like people who weren't captured." I'd also argue that "ungrateful millionaire crybaby" was the platform that Trump ran on.
I also think that the only reason Trump cares is because he's still bitter about losing money from when the USFL tried to take on the NFL 30 years ago.