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Disrespecting The National Anthem And The American Flag Are Not Legitimate Forms Of Political Protest

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This is going to backfire on the left in a major way. On Sunday, more than a hundred NFL players knelt during the playing of the national anthem. It was obviously an attempt to make some sort of public statement about President Trump, but it was an exceedingly poor way to go about doing that. Because our young people are not even taught about the importance of our national anthem and our national flag in school, most of these players didn’t even understand what they were doing. Our anthem is sung and our flag is proudly displayed prior to major sporting events for a reason. The truth is that our national anthem and our national flag are both symbols that directly represent our nation. In other words, when you show disrespect to the anthem or to the flag you are literally showing disrespect to the United States of America. So what these players did on Sunday was essentially to spit in the face of every single American citizen.

 

This is not just an American thing. All over the world it is well understood that respect for the national flag and other national symbols is not optional. What transpired at NFL games on Sunday will be broadcast all over the planet, and the rest of the world will be laughing at our national disgrace.

The very first NFL game scheduled on Sunday was held in London, and “dozens of players from both teams” knelt while the national anthem was being played…

The first game of the day between the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars saw dozens of players from both teams kneel while almost the entire Jaguars’ on-field and sideline players and employees locked arms during the U.S. national anthem, including owner Shahid Khan. Some players stood while others knelt.

And of course similar “sideline protests” happened at other NFL stadiums all over the nation. Never before in American history have we ever seen anything quite like this

Demonstrations spread throughout the league as many players broke out of their routine by joining the protests or engaging in team-wide displays of unity.

Several players from the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Detroit Lions, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons were among those who chose not to stand for the anthem. The Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Los Angeles Chargers and Green Bay Packers stood with arms locked, though some players from those teams chose to kneel.

I honestly don’t think that the NFL will ever be the same after this. It had already been transformed into the “no fun league”, and now the focus will squarely be on political protests rather than football for the foreseeable future.

Needless to say, millions upon millions of Americans were completely disgusted by the disrespect shown to our national symbols on Sunday, and President Trump was one of them

“If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect …,” Trump said in tweets Saturday afternoon. “Our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU’RE FIRED. Find something else to do!”

If professional football players want to speak out against President Trump, I have no problem with that whatsoever.

But for them to openly and brazenly disrespect our entire country is crossing a line that should never be crossed.

What in the world has happened to America? All over America high school football coaches are being banned from saying prayers before games, and yet disrespecting our anthem and our flag is somehow acceptable? The following comes from Zero Hedge

Marc Short, the president’s legislative director, has also backed his boss, telling “Meet the Press” that a double standard for players who chose to voice their views on the field, and that the president was speaking for the majority of Americans on what sort of expression was appropriate. Short compared a crackdown on protests to the ban on high school football coaches leading players in prayer before games.

“There are high school coaches across America today who are punished for leading their players in prayer, and yet, when an N.F.L. player takes a knee, somehow that player is presumed to be a martyr for a social cause,” Mr. Short said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “The president is standing with the vast majority of Americans who believe that our flag should be respected.”

Many of these players are going to look back on what they have done with great shame. They may have believed that they were disrespecting President Trump, but the truth is that they were disrespecting this great land and every single American that has ever lived. They owe all of us an apology, and that should happen as soon as possible.

And the NFL may think that it is all powerful, but stunts like this are going to cost it millions upon millions of dollars. Already, ratings were way down because of the few players that were kneeling whenever the anthem was played

Player protests of the National Anthem – such as when quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee in protest – are the number one reason sports fans watched fewer National Football League (NFL) games, a new survey shows.

If just a few players kneeling had that much of an impact on the ratings, what do you think is going to happen now?

Unfortunately, I have a feeling that this is just the beginning. In fact, one former Democratic member of Congress is calling on all NFL players to kneel while the anthem is played

A former Democrat Congresswoman has called for every NFL player to kneel during the national anthem at Sunday’s games, while branding President Donald Trump a ‘white supremacist’.

Donna Edwards, who retired as a US representative for Maryland earlier this year, issued the bold statement on Saturday, responding to Trump’s criticism of NFL players who refuse to stand for the anthem.

‘On Sunday, I hope every @NFL player takes a knee in solidarity w [Colin Kaepernick] against the white supremacist who squats in our White House,’ Edwards said in reference to the former San Francisco quarterback, who is now a free agent.

No matter what your political perspective is, it is wrong to disrespect our national anthem and it is wrong to disrespect our flag.

And anyone that disrespects our anthem and our flag is spitting in the face of the entire country.

What happened on Sunday was a national disgrace, and those involved need to apologize to the American people immediately.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

 
  • Zlatko Milanovic

    I have to agree.

  • Zlatko Milanovic

    Why do you keep deleting my comments buddy? How un-American….

  • Zlatko Milanovic

    Now they’re back up…. I don’t get it….

  • Dan Smith

    you are wrong… I served my country to defend FREEDOM and that means even though I do not agree with someone’s choice as long as they are not breaking the law they have a right to demonstrate HOWEVER they want… Forcing people to only do what you or I want them to do is not freedom but TYRANNY… Either FREEDOM for all or FREEDOM NOT AT ALL.. make your choice…

  • rentslave

    This is workplace violence and consumer fraud.These players are all on the same team,BLM.

  • jbstoner43

    You couldn’t be so wrong, this has nothing to do with BLM, I saw a multitude of races kneeling.

  • Jack Fough

    What has happened to America, you ask. It has disappeared; it is gone. The America you and I grew up in and cherished has evaporated into a socialistic melting pot of wanters, illegals and entitlement seekers. Let’s also not leave out totally corrupt politicians. Most Americans today are of the dumbed-down variety….not that they are all stupid, rather they have been indoctrinated into a belief system that totally contradicts America’s foundational core. Without that core belief system in its’ people, there is no America as we knew it to be.

    You state, “Many of these players are going to look back on what they have done with great shame.” You are so naive, that will never happen. These people truly believe that America is a hateful nation; that is what they have been taught in excess of 13+ years of public school de-education (that system, by the way, continues to bleed the taxpayer as the most expensive indoctrinating daycare system, for our youth ages 1 to 30, ever to have been conceived). So, if you are going into politics you best readjust your thinking. The days of making a few adjustments here or there are gone. America that you grew up in is gone. America the beautiful is gone. America the Christian nation is gone (no nation killing as many babies as we kill could ever be called Christian, please). You can try to bring Her back but chances are it will never happen. There just are not enough free thinkers remaining to desire such a nation. Greed and lust for wealth and power from within has won, as foretold and warned by the Founding Father’s.

  • Dan Smith

    What violence? Kneeling during a song is violence? what planet are you from…

  • Jeri Brace

    I can understand people getting
    upset about our NFL players kneeling during our national anthem because of the
    Disrespect they see towards our men & women of our armed services. that is
    only 1 side of the coin. but on the other Hand just as Michael had said many
    times in the past is that we Americans live under a very broken system of
    Government. Our Men & Women of our Government are also Representative of
    our Flag. are we supposed to honor the Men & Women of our Congress that are
    Traitors to our country, selling off our jobs to the highest bidder & have
    failed us so miserably? are we supposed to Honor the Men & Women of our
    Congress that have led us to countless Wars Devouring every Nation that has
    Natural resources appealing to America and is not nuclear armed? Regime Change
    that Geo-politically benefits America?

    are we supposed to Honor a Nation with Government that refuses to address
    Police Brutality and the murder of our citizens that were unarmed when killed
    by police on a scale that is off the charts? And it is off the charts because
    the police get no more than a slap on the hand and get a 2 week paid vacation
    every time they killed an unarmed American citizen.
    there are many issues our Government refuses to address & are Kicking the can down the road. there IS no more road left.

    they say America, Love it or leave it. if I had the $$ I would leave it because
    I hate what this country has become with our F”d up Government in
    Washington DC leading the charge!

    my 2 cents.

  • Jeri Brace

    very well said Dan

  • zecharia_13

    Disrespect? Get a life, it’s no disrespect, it’s their right. The NFL and/or the dimwitted president don’t own the players. Eliminate the dumb ritual before the game, and just play football.

  • Иван Никитин

    After obama became president america is not my country any more. I dont want to be part of it. I dont say the pleg in school. Me and all of my friends are moving out to different countris once done with school. My gf lives in Москворечие. REMOVE THE STUPID SANCTIONS AND OPEN OUR EMBASSY IN SAN FRANSISCO!

  • RobinDatta

    It is not civilized behaviour to promote the artefacts of slave ownership.