Once again our President is taking sports driven heat through an anxious anti-Trump media when stating his approach to this Kaepernick inspired insanity. However, as has proven to be the case over and over, our President is totally correct since priorities still rule.
Tell me what’s so oppressive in our society which justifies this National disgrace? Are there injustices by authority? Yes and in most cases there is also questionable conduct prior to what takes place. Concerning the latest incident, I personally fail to see any legitimacy when an officer of the law declares his intent prior to using his weapon. That instance is singularly, the most egregious and indefensible of all, yet it’s solution is obviously far from an NFL sideline.
Having stated this, I grew up in the fifties when society was less open to change. I for one have watched and experienced the growth of respect for all Americans. Today is not comparable to yesterday so what is taking place is mostly based upon isolated examples which are being promoted through our more youthful population. As was the sixties, the adage, “youth is wasted on the young” should also include the fact that the young are most impressionable, idealistic and the most easily motivated.
All this plays into what is currently taking place in sports today. With particular emphasis upon the NFL, this “over the top” exhibition of kneeling or raising the clenched fist, which is by the way, the communist salute, is both shameful and disloyal.
It may well be that the NFL is the epicenter for all which hard work and dedication produces. The odds against a high school player ever making it onto an NFL team is astronomical. Those that qualify do so from years of endless workouts, practices, film study, injuries and dedication.
Our rights and freedoms are not boundless. Everything obeys to certain limitations just as everyone is answerable to higher authority within their chosen fields. So it is with our unalienable rights. Free speech has limits, as we all know, when in a theater or at an airport. Since these rights have been acknowledged to be God given, their granting would be ludicrous without being limited.
This recent trend sadly correlates with the questionable speech right of flag burning. As with the camel’s nose getting under the tent, one lenient legal interpretation usually permits another. As the title suggests, there are priorities and they are called so for a reason. The priority of Country will prevail over any individual endeavor, other than our Faith.
The NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell has reacted to our President’s position by vehemently stating, “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
Imagine this fellow earmarking his stance with the citing of a “lack of respect.” This is what is meant by priorities! Mr. Goodell is “unfortunate” within his tunnel vision. In the total American landscape, the NFL is a sideline interest, a pleasure enjoyed but not a pre-requisite for life, health and security. Conversely, America and all that her Flag represents is!
Also, do not insult my intelligence with the excusing of this despicable conduct by individually vowing love for those who serve in our military. Talk will always be cheap! That Flag is our military’s extension, their cause and reason to endure hardship which millionaire ballplayers dare not even imagine. Just ask Pat Tillman!
No sir Mr. Goodell, the heroes of America are not football players as they have disgraced themselves needlessly. Contrary to “going to battle” on an NFL field, true battle exists in far off God forsaken places which few in the NFL would even visit.
Ratings have already dropped well over 10% in the first two weeks. Our President addressed a cancerous growth which now has morphed onto the field of play for eight year olds. This is not free speech, this is total disgust!
Mr. Goodell and his band may be served best when remembering, for every action there is a reaction. For the majority of Americans, their priorities have not changed so easily and will be acted upon on future Sunday afternoons. And their staying tuned is not a requirement!
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