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About Knees, Flags, Anthems, And Football…

Apparently more football players are taking their knees rather than standing and saluting the American Flag during American football games!

Now, I’m about as American as they come.  Born in Connecticut, raised in Arizona.  A believer in both the First and Second Amendments.  And businesses running their businesses as they see fit. (Sorry, Mr. President!)

If an entertainment business agrees it’s okay for their employees to act in such a disrespectful manner, so be it.

Hopefully, if the audience votes with their feet, or their on/off switch, it’s no skin off my nose.

I’m not particularly a football fan.

If I’m in a public venue, I will still stand proudly, with my hand over my heart, when the National Anthem is played.  And will sing along – ( I have a passable voice!)

The protestors will display allow me to display my opinion, as I will theirs. (Hopefully)

That’s what Freedom of Speech and Redress of Grievances in a Free Republic should be!

If the government begins enforcing what kind of Speech is acceptable, we have lost…

(to my friends who disagree with this, you have a right to!)

But start telling me what Speech is acceptable, and we may have words!

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

Discussion

5 thoughts on “About Knees, Flags, Anthems, And Football…

  1. It was Thomas Jefferson who opined that “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” He knew whereof he spoke. Liberty (and its resultant freedoms) means that your worst enemy can do something – anything – which you despise, and has the right to do so unless it’s outright illegal. And we, of course, have the same right. As soon as we tell the overpaid trained monkeys, professional football players that they can’t ‘take a knee’, we’ve crossed a dangerous line.

    And we are likewise free to ignore them, and their very expensive game/livelihood, and do something else with our time & money. The free market can be a powerful motivator for good, if its practitioners exercise good judgment.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | September 26, 2017, 9:33 am
  2. Nobody’s telling them they can’t “take a knee”. We’re saying such a display, contrary to league black-letter policy, in a sport directly subsidized by over $1.1 billion federal taxpayer dollars, means they should be fired or suspended for that action.
    If they want to yap off the field, that’s between them and their employers.
    But I paid for those stadiums, and so did you, and such displays are unseemly, inappropriate, and flagrantly disrespectful, with sanctions clearly posted in the league operations manual, up to ejection from the league, and teams losing draft choices in future years.

    The football field is for football, not politics.
    If they want free speech, the proper place is the public square, not the sports stadiums that came out of the public’s wallet.

    Posted by Aesop | September 26, 2017, 12:15 pm
  3. Agree with Aesop. They are disrespecting ME, and every other veteran that has served to protect that flag. To use their logic, then it should be okay for on duty LEOs to ‘protest’ Antifa while in uniform and on the job…

    Posted by Old NFO | September 26, 2017, 1:03 pm
  4. Joining the club w/ OldNFO and Aesop. The players are not on their time at a game – they’re essentially on my time (if I were in the audience any longer). When I did watch, I wanted to watch game, not a political discussion. Furthermore, these are among the highest-paid Americans … who got to their lofty positions as a result of the America that allowed them the freedom to succeed – millions of $$$ for playing games??? – in spite of the flaws in the system.

    I’d boycott the advertisers (like it would make a difference … but many raindrops cause floods) if I watched to find who the advertisers were …
    Q

    Posted by Quizikle | September 26, 2017, 6:35 pm
  5. Right there with you guys….
    The only way to change the NFL is by hitting their wallets. (at about $15 billion, it’s a large target. May take many rounds)
    Rumor has it that DirecTV is losing a bunch of NFL Sunday ticket subscribers. Lots of fans are leaving empty seats.
    The change will come if:
    A – The owners grow a spine and tell the players to do what they are paid to do – Entertain. Not play politics.
    B – The dolt players realize they can have a voice on ANY network, radio, internet outlet merely by asking.
    Colin Kraponhisneck could have a spot on any show on TV just by asking for a spot…talking heads would jump at it.

    I like sports because I’m a competitive person. The sport can be returned to a non-political venue if the NFL is made to realize that entertainment dollars are a finite pool and they are in danger of being stuck in the shallow end.

    Posted by KM | September 27, 2017, 9:22 am

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