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I hope that everyone is doing well, feeling good, and sharing her joie de vivre with others in her sphere of influence.
As has been appearing in the news, certain American football players have taken to kneeling during the playing of the national anthem before football games. How very, very special it is of them!
Although football players have a right to kneel during the anthem, a right that is protected by the Constitution of the United States, when they do so, it is as if they are spitting on the grave of every single veteran who made playing their stupid, irrelevant football game in peace possible. Real men and women who have served this country are being disrespected by men who play with an inflated pig skin and dance when they cross a line.
I understand what it is to be treated differently--and not in a good way--because of something that I could not and would not change about myself, and I am guessing that the players have been slighted in the past. I understand, as well, that people of color in the United States are subject to mistreatment by those in authority. But these kneeling wonders of manhood possess every good thing that this country has to offer: freedom, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, wealth, and health. Professional football players in this country are treated as if they are demigods!
In contrast, I think of our veterans who are treated roughly to prepare them for combat (real combat, not a little game), who work more hours than they should, in horrific conditions, and then, if they do come home in one piece, they frequently cannot access the benefits they were promised, benefits they need to heal from PTSD and other psychological as well as physical ailments.
I suggest that those alleged men who wish to disrespect veterans by kneeling during the anthem simply remain in the locker room until the anthem is complete.
Or they could "grow a pair" (please forgive the vulgarity), stand up, and show respect to the country and the veterans who gave them so much.