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Want to Take a Knee to Make a Difference? Pray for the Family of a Fallen Soldier.


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As a former Green Beret, I am disgusted by the actions of NFL players, coaches and owners this past weekend. Even worse were alleged leaders of our country — politicians from both parties — who voiced support for disrespecting the posting of colors and the playing of our national anthem, arguing that, after all, it’s just a game. I strongly disagree.

This is no game. These “protests” disparage our military men and women who have risked all — many of whom have given the ultimate sacrifice — to defend the freedoms represented by our flag, and to protect Americans at home and abroad, including the very players who now denigrate their service. The disrespect shown from the front offices to the playing field is no different than that of those who, during and after the Vietnam War, spit on our returning service members.

Celebrity athletes have found fame and fortune on a soft manicured field, while those proudly wearing the flag on their uniforms dodged bullets and bombs in wet trenches and on barren, dusty battlefields. There are no “bye” weeks to relax between engagements, nor are there “pre-season” battles that don’t count toward victory or loss.

No one serving is motivated by money or a contract for their own namesake line of combat boots. A bad day in Iraq didn't mean a sprained ankle or pulled hamstring — it meant somebody died or was gravely wounded. On our field, we took tough hits and we got back into the fight.

So you want to take a knee to make a point? Take a knee and pray for a fallen brother or sister and their loved ones that have been left.

Take a knee and ask for God’s protection as the brave set out to once again defend the United States of America, to proudly liberate the oppressed in a faraway place, and to represent the flag of freedom recognized everywhere in the world, except perhaps on an NFL football field and among some selfish politicians in Congress.

The world is watching. The NFL and the politicians who give compliant support, by their actions, provide aid and comfort to our enemies who revel in orchestrated unrest in our country. As patriots, we must fight back. First, tune out the NFL and deny it relevance. Next, in 2018, exercise your rights and elect patriotic leaders — men and women of strong character.

It’s time to cut the politicians from the congressional roster.

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Chris(2 likes)You bring up some very good points. It is of concern what our military men and women think about these actions. I have family that served, that is serving now, and my children may serve some day. However, I would ask if the author feels that the UNITED States includes people who feel disenfranchised, or marginalized? Does protecting the UNITED States militarily only apply to certain groups? Why can't you back these brothers, sisters, owners, players, and staff who are saying "there is still something wrong"? I also question how this is in fact disrespectful? The "flag" at the NFL games is not being 'desecrated'. Not burned. Not pissed on. Not stood on. None of that is happening. It's a silent protest to bring attention. And there is LITERALLY no specificity to what 'disrespect' constitutes - in the Constitution, or in the NFL. Let's also not conflate flag = miltary = football = anything football players do that I disagree with is an offront to the military and / or the flag. That some people don't like the approach the NFL players - black and white, big and small, owners and players - are taking to bring into severe focus the issue of injustice in this country, is exactly the right thing to bring attention to the real issues that need to be discussed. Systemic racism. Racial profiling and targeting. Severe penalties for blacks vs whites in the criminal justice system (think crack vs opiods problem and the varying approaches). The intolerance of the financial system to loan money to certain minorities or to take rental applications.  Military folks have a right to be pissed about this, and the players have the right to conduct these demonstrations. But you don't have the right to claim it illegal, immoral, for the President to state that they should be fired, or to have the players 'just stop because it offends me'. If the military is truly here to protect us all, they would stand in a bit more solidarity on these issues.
Gus SmilezLets stop hiding behind the flag and the anthem about what's going on.  The flag is suppose represent everyone not just the military.  I have many relatives and friends who have served in military and some are still currently serving.  You hand puppets please take Trump's hand out of your ass crack----He as well so as the media is trying to make this into something it's not.....   Please lets stop acting like blacks are making this stuff up..... No man or woman wants to stand up and salute a flag in a country that still sees certain groups of people as 2nd class citizens when it comes to equality and justice....  Amendment 14 is not being upheld in many communities and neighborhoods across this nation and Trump is the wrong guy to be taking about patriotism when he disrespected a soldier that was captured in war and said he wasn't a real hero.....  How quickly we forget about the comments that were made about McCain.  These issues has to be addressed and if kneeling brings awareness to the issues then that's the way it has to be and please stop acting like blacks don't got no soldiers on the front lines fighting these wars and please stop acting we not praying for military as well as everyone is.  
Stork May all of our soldiers return home to their families an our country, with no more fallen ones. I thank you so much to all our military an what they sacrifice. God please bring home safely an before the holidays would be awesome. an if not keep them safe God an bless them with your gracious touch! Amen