I am here today because two separate issues  which have been bugging me and I really not sure how to start even talking about them but here goes..a football player has a right to protest about issues which he feels is unfair or not right. I do understand the reason why he is standing for the issue at hand I agree but no celebrity should use their status to make the point he is hoping to win because he plays ball in front of millions of fans.  He is not being a good role model to the younger generation and I don’t think he will be making a good point either.  The military personnel that is currently fighting overseas and serving right here in America is trying to keep this country free and that is what the National Anthem is all about.  The LAND OF FREE AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE.  IT IS DISRESPECT NOT TO STAND DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM but not against the law.

The other issue I am upset about is I know for a while that we didn’t say “the pledge of allegiance” in school that quit during the time that my youngest was in eight grade I think, however it’s back in school again and I want to know why let’s say a fourth grader can dictate that they don’t have to say it….when I was in school we didn’t have a choice it was part of the everyday going on.  What do the kids now days have special pull they get out not say the pledge of allegiance or being rude to the teachers or even bullying which are two more subjects I will save for another day.

Now that the issues are on the table am I wrong to think both of these situations have gotten totally out of line.  I know has a person who loves her country I would never do this I would find another way to make my feelings known. I’m not saying he isn’t right in being able to protest because he is within those rights to do that but I feel that there are better ways to protest then thumb your nose at the American Flag, National Anthem and all the military personnel current servicing their country and all those who serviced in the past and for those who gave their life for the freedom that this person is throwing back in their faces.  If you don’t like how the police force is doing things then change it…by a better means then this.  I would be willing to help let’s change some laws make it murder when the police shoot innocent men and women in the street no matter what color their skin is they (police) should be arrested and go to trial just like any other citizen.  Just because you carry a badge doesn’t mean you’re above the law it just means that you’re going to hit the ground just as hard as the next guy who is guilty of shooting an unarmed man or woman.

The situation with the pledge of allegiance I don’t even know how to solve that problem because to me that is a school and parent issue with teaching the kid respect or heck for all I know it could be a religious issue about why the child doesn’t want to say it but the heck if I can figure out what religion would not allow any child not to say the pledge of allegiance in school.  But there again I was raised Catholic and we said it every day Monday through Friday faithfully.  Those nuns were on their toes when it came to that and prayer twice a day.

The proper etiquette for the Star Spangled Banner is that everyone should stand, there should be no food or drink in your hands, you should be facing the flag with your hand over your heart and the other one at your side.  As far as I KNOW  there is no law that says you have to stand and that you won’t be arrested if you decide not to follow the protocol.  The only religion I can think of which isn’t going to stand is Jehovah’s Witness and they don’t stand up when any country national anthem is played.

I don’t mind telling you that both of these situations are impossible to be on one side or the other but I have opinion like everyone else I really understand his reasoning but I feel that there is a better why to protest the way the police are handling the situations then kicking the military and the American Flag because neither of those icons did the wrong it was the police and yet I feel like you are punishing a whole nation because of some rotten apples…the military are who gave you the rights you have and that is why you feel you don’t have to stand up…think about that for a New York Minute….PLEASE!!!  Without them you could be in a country with a “King” or a “Queen” and have to bow to their rule instead of being “FREE”.



  1. Thoughtful analysis here. However, we have a long history in this country, starting with the very founding fathers, of using symbolic protest in opposition to unfair governmental practices. To me, this is the equivalent of the Boston tea party or Rosa Parks not moving her seat on the bus. Just food for thought.


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