Sunday, September 24, 2017

United We Stand

As I turn on the news to see grown men arguing about standing for the national anthem I simply shake my head at the absurdity of it all.  When I hear about protests that turn violent I am not only disgusted but embarrassed for our country.  Honestly the animals of this country act better than the humans.  It's hard to believe humans resort to such childish, immature ways. Seriously have we become that uneducated and uncivilized?

What's even crazier is how the serious issues of this country get so overlooked and spiral more out of control.  What happened to united we stand?

The United States faces daily violence occurring to many innocent people, is in middle of a major drug epidemic, has an overwhelming number of citizens who are homeless and living on streets, has people who cannot afford basic health insurance or proper medical care, has an education system that is falling behind other countries, is filled with corruption especially our political system, and well hopefully by now you get the gist of where I'm going with this.

Seriously our politicians and athletes are going to squabble over the national anthem instead of talking about and trying to solve the real serious issues of this country.   They are going to boycott such events as going to the white house, instead of using it as an opportunity to sit down and discuss the real issues.  What does avoiding and boycotting anything accomplish?  And what does having spats back and forth on social media really accomplish either? 

Lets take the flag for a moment the thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies that declared independence from England; fifty stars symbolize the current 50 United States. White signifies purity and innocence, red signifies valor and bravery; and blue signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice. It has become a powerful symbol of Americanism and represents the land of the free.

Yes the land of the free where supposedly we are free to protest whatever we want, say whatever we want and so on. But freedom comes with a price I suppose because ones freedom of expression can directly insult another's causing further divide. We don't all have to think the same or agree on everything but should be able to find a way to respect each other.  Not sit on social media like these men are doing, and calling each other out like little boys. Two wrongs don't make a right.  Come on sit down like real men, discuss the real issues and devise ways to solve them. Develop a plan of action that involves everyone.

Truth is the United States if like a house of sorts and the citizens of it are in many ways a family. Within that family is going to be huge amounts of dysfunction but that's what we all have to learn to work through together. Kind of like marriage right as for better or worse you stick by each other. You work your ass off to deal with and try to solve the issues that might develop. But you also find a way to show respect for each other and the differences that exist as well. 

Problem is there is no respect.  No one has respect for anything or anyone these days. And that needs to change. Our political parties are a complete and utter embarrassment, how can they not find a way to work together to help all the struggling american people?  Better yet how can they live with themselves everyday knowing the corruption that exists and all the bs lies they spew?  It's not just one parties, it both parties. Enough is enough, why are we electing these people who accomplish so little and are willing to sell out for money and big corporations?  We need to call everyone, including all our politicians out when they don't do the right thing.  Number one rule for all should be follow the law or there will be consequences. And same consequences for all no matter who you are. 

And what about the NFL? We are a talking about a league that has been filled with controversial athletes over the years...domestic violence, violence in general, shootings, drug issues, dog fighting, rape, cheating, etc, issues the NFL refuses to truly take seriously.  It's not just the NFL it's other sports as well.  There are plenty of athletes who are not and will not ever be role models for ours kids but yet they are. It's time all of the sports world clean up their acts especially if they want to be true role models for our kids and advance their causes. Again show some respect for yourselves, for the people in your life and for the world around you.  Be the change first!

Colin Kaeperink started kneeling during the anthem because in his words "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color". Personally I think he could have choose a million other better ways to promote his cause than by disrespecting the national anthem which stands for the very freedoms our country stands on. 

Our forefathers fought hard the freedoms we experience and often times take for granted today. And our military continue to fight for those kinds of freedoms all across the world. So is it really too much to ask that everyone show some respect for those freedoms and the very people who gave us those freedoms, by simply standing for the national anthem and having respect for our flag?

My father got drafted in the Vietnam War, my grandfather's and uncle both fought in various wars. Do you think they had a choice, no but they took it like men and stood up for this country even though they might not have even agreed at the time.  So why can't our NFL players stand up like men on the field and fight their causes off field in intelligent ways that might actually accomplish real change other than dividing this country even further? 

Think about it besides kneeling during the national anthem what has Kaepernick really done to solve this issues of racial inequality that he feels is a huge problem in this country? It's one thing to kneel but how about he actually take some real action to advance his cause, no? If you are going to cause such divide in this country by kneeling the for anthem, than start being a man and working to actually fix the problems you believe exist in this country. 

It's like all these protesters who go out causing disruption and violence, what are they really achieving but more division and hate in this country?  There are much better ways to try to achieve change than such barbaric tactics..  Seriously until everyone finds a way to grow up, work together and find a way to compromise nothing is ever going to change. This tit for tat stuff obviously isn't working. 

Yes anyone can call out American for all it's problems but if they do, then actually do something about it. And maybe find a better way to express his outrage than by disrespecting the very thing that stands for freedom?  Like I said earlier the United States is riddled with serious issues that are only growing worse by the day.  Maybe these athletes could use their millions to put into advancing their causes and helping society rather just whining about what needs to change.

Love to see these same athletes and celebrities talk and do something about the daily violence that is occurring everyday, in every city and town across the country. Do they not care about all the innocent people, of all races losing their lives to senseless violence?  There are gangs controlling many streets yet don't see any of our athletes having the balls to call them out?   Or why not speak out against the rampant drug epidemic that is destroying this country?  Or how about all the homeless who need help?  What about all the kids born out of wedlock these days, who have no father figures in their lives? Or education that is failing our kids in many parts of the country, especially inner cities?  There are so many issues that needs addressing, yet our athletes and so called celebrities are going to bitch about Trump? Come on everyone needs to get it together. 

Our athletes and even celebrities get paid millions, yet they continually seem to always find a way to whine about something.  Our military who put their lives on the line everyday get paid little and you rarely hear them whining. The very men and women who are fighting for our freedoms. It's crazy to think about. And  exactly why I am disgusted that any player would choose to kneel during the national anthem. 

Let's all start showing a little more respect for each other, starting being the change. 


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Oh, say can you see,
By the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed,
At the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
Through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched,
Were so gallantly streaming.
And the rocket's red glare,
The bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night,
That our flag was still there.
Oh say does that star spangled banner yet wave,
For the land of the free, and the home of the brave.






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