The NFL said it will be commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States during games tomorrow, the same day when some players plan to protest during the U.S. national anthem. Four players have so far opted to kneel during the anthem in a protest against social injustice, a controversial gesture that started during the preseason and one that many consider to be a sign of disrespect to the American flag. San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick began protests when he refused to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” and others have since followed suit.
Maybe American patriots should protest football! You know, stop going to or watching professional football games, or at least boycott teams that have members that choose to do the “Kaepernick thing.” After all, it is our legal American right to protest. There is so much wrong with the NFL anyway. Gross overpay to elitist players and their brokers, oppressive ticket prices, abusive parking prices at stadiums and even raping food charges!
Personally, I think Kaepernick and his parade of followers got it wrong. The American flag does not represent any one wrong thing in America or a myriad of them for that matter. It represents 240 years of blood, sweat and tears that make freedom and liberty possible in a world of oppression. This is not to say that many Americans, even in high places, have not been oppressive, prejudiced, hateful, greedy, or even diabolical. It is to say that despite these despicable realities “we the people” have utilized our rights and freedoms to break through these chains in triumph and remain the greatest democracy on earth.
When I salute the flag or stand for the national anthem I am honoring those who truly lived and died to secure such freedoms. It doesn’t mean that I support or even respect all of the leaders or policies that are currently in place. Frankly, there are many of both that undermine the very foundations of America and threaten to destroy it. What it does mean is that I honor the ideal of the American constitution and those that have and continue to labor to keep it alive.
Football is a game that Americans pay way too much for. Kaepernick and his parade are overpaid players who are much too spoiled and famous to even appreciate what it means to be an American, let alone to salute those who have given them the privilege to be one. So, protest football you patriots, or at least stop recognizing the overpaid gladiators on the field. Tell the camera man to swing his frame towards the masses standing in the audience with their hands on their hearts. After all, they’re the ones paying for all of this in the first place!