I hear so many people talking about wanting to open dialogue regarding those who are sitting or taking the knee during the National Anthem. There is no dialogue to be taken. This is blatant disrespect for the blood behind that song. The anthem is more than a song just like the flag is more than a piece of cloth. It represents blood, martyrs, sacrifice and patriots. These are things of which too many self-righteous and often over paid athletes have no concept. These people are not heroes. These people are not modern day patriots. These people are not trend setters. These people are not exercising their First Amendment rights. These people are simply on a tantrum showing disrespect. They want the limelight and have no idea how be behave. I have no respect for them or for their coaches or the teams permitting this behavior. These whiners need to realize that people are fed up with their actions. Now there are snot noses punks in high school football attire mimicking the ‘big boys’. Enough is enough!
If you want to be paid by the public and the taxpayers to build your multimillion dollar stadiums then start respecting this country. I highly doubt that any of these idiots have ever met a Gold Star Family, those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. I am sure they would not give as wooden nickel for their little protest. I wonder if these people ever studies US history. This is not just those who refuse to stand. These are just on the top of the list of the low lifes of disrespect. If people in a wheel chair can ‘stand’ for the anthem then there is no excuse for the athletes. This also goes for all those ‘taking the knee’ and I do not wish to hear about how people take knee to pray. I highly doubt they are showing respect by taking the knee. They just do not want to stand but not be so obvious. I also do not care for the disrespect the Seattle Seahawks showed with their ‘solidarity’ of standing only arm in arm. Let us get real. There is a reason for the hand over heart. That is just part of flag etiquette but too many of these players cannot even spell etiquette.
In my opinion having dialogue with these protesting big babies is equal to having dialogue with those burning down Ferguson or trashing Baltimore. It is right up there with paying ransom to Iran for hostages. There is not play for justifying these behaviors. To have dialogue is to legitimize their behaviors. I do not accept that the respect the military while at the same time protesting this nation. Yes there are things that need to be improved. It is that way in all nations. But if they are that overcome with concern and opposition my main recommendation is to find a nation they are more inclined to accept. Get their butts out to Arlington Cemetery. I dare them to look upon the rows and rows of granite crosses knowing each one of those people had no color, they had no politics, they had no agenda; they just had a love big enough for their country to fill their lives.
I also take personal offense to a repeated mantra of these protests which is against the police. Having brothers who are retired officers and being a volunteer at the local department I have a partial idea of what these people go through on a daily basis. I also personally know that there are some officers who abuse their power. But that is the way with any career regardless if you are a police officer or a ticket taker at the local theater. But I would also recommend that these whining athletes take some time to do a ride along. Get their butts out there in the middle of the night where you have less time than a split second to make a life or death situation. Let them get out there in the back alleys where you only hope you get to go home again at the end of your shift. Let them get out there where you are looking forward to the end of your shift only to find a situation where the end of your shift now is nothing but a passing idea because duty comes before the end of your shift. It is easy to complain about a people of whom you have no idea regarding. The biggest problem is that too many of these coddled babies are too big of a coward to EVER go behind the badge.
Let us stop the pandering. There does not need to be dialogue. These needs to be people to buck up and start showing respect again. The Pledge of Allegiance needs to be brought back into the schools. If they do not want to say the pledge for some off the wall reason they can at least stand up to show respect for those who died to give them the right to not say the pledge. If these athletes want to keep showing disrespect then it is time to stop supporting them. My suggestion to those who want to protest is to put up or shut up. Ether get your hinny out there and make a person difference, and if you want to complain about the police then get behind the badge first, or just pipe down about your little protest because it really does not mean anything to you and you just want attention.