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27 Sept 2017
Ned made this video today. Watch it before reading the entry.
It is eloquent in its simplicity.
Trump has done it again. In the midst of hurricane destruction of Florida and Houston and total devastation of Puerto Rico, the intensifying Russia investigation, threat of nuclear war with North Korea, discovery of use of private e-mail servers by his staff and I've lost count of whatever else important is going on in the world, he has managed to stir up a tempest in a teapot. After trying to get an ESPN reporter fired for posting a comment on her own Twitter page on her own time, now he wants any athlete who refuses to stand for the playing of the national anthem fired because it shows disrespect to the flag.
What does the flag signify? Trump would do well to check out the web site "I am the flag" In addition to explaining how the flag came to be and what the stars and stripes signify ("My colors symbolize the patriotic ideals and spiritual qualities of the citizens of my country.") it goes on to explain:
Now tell me how kneeling to honor those very principles is disrespecting the flag. Watch Ned's video and tell me there is equality for all. Tell me there is liberty, justice and humanity. And if there is no equality or justice, how is it wrong to use the American right of "freedom of speech" to non-violently make people think about the Constitution and what it guarantees every American citizen regardless of the color of their skin.
It seems to me that those athletes are honoring the flag the way it should be honored and those boo-ing them are showing disrespect to the principles for which the flag stands.
The flag continues...
Men and women have gone to wars over the years to preserve the principles represented by the flag and to non violently point out that we are a little lacking in some of those principles and that we can do better makes the sacrifice of those men and women worth it all. They went to war to protect our freedom and now the president and a good portion of the American people who are boo-ing are laughing at their sacrifice and saying that they fought for nothing.
And by the way, I
am disgusted that Trump also said that attendance at NFL games is for
two reasons: 1) there is not enough violence and 2) people would
rather stay home and watch him on television!!!!
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