Let Me Ask You A Question – 9/26/17

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Let me ask you a question:

Isn’t it true that protesting is about as American an activity as they come?  

61 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You A Question – 9/26/17

    • I view people who protest as demonstrating the essence of patriotism. But obviously others disagree. But those same people who yell “disrespecting the flag” also have flag coozies, swim trunk and towels which is on the list of impermissible uses of the flag. lol

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  1. I’ve been wondering why there was not more protesting in America? Watching the Ken Burns documentary series on Vietnam and there is a lot of footage of protests of that era. But sometimes now I wonder “where is the outrage”? In Canada we don’t have this history of protest. We didn’t throw the tea in the drink and tell the British to stuff it But America did! So yes America has a long history of protest and I will be happy to see it return to full vigor.

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  2. The right to peaceful protest is one of the principles that defines a free country. Citizens in a free country should be able to protest peacefully against what they believe is wrong. This doesn’t mean they’re disrespectful. In fact, you could say they love their country even more because they want to correct its flaws.
    My father took part in peaceful protests against the Mexican government during the 60s, demanding an free press, freedom of speech and protest, and free elections. We didn’t have any of that in Mexico back in the day. Later in his life, my dad became a professor at a public university and so he technically was a federal employee, but he still took part in protests whenever he could. People asked him, “How can you protest against the government when you make a living working for them?” He answered, “The government pays me to work, but it can’t buy my heart and my mind.” We owe people like my father for the freedoms we enjoy now in my country.
    So don’t demonize those who dare to protest and stand up (or take a knee) for what they believe in, but fear the day when they no longer have the right or the courage to do so.

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  3. I going to try and explain the other side of the argument. I love these questions you pose and I think you like to see different sides of the argument? If I’m off base, Danny, let me know. I fully, 100%, agree with you that these players have a right to their opinion, free speech and protesting. I also agree that the president has been WAY too vocal about this and I wish he would stop. (It’s really kind of sickening. In fact, I wish he hadn’t said ANYTHING about it at all.)

    That said, many, many, many people across this country have been fired from private industry for expressing their opinions, not at work, but on Facebook or Twitter. The NFL is a private industry, and these players are protesting while at work. Most Americans would be reprimanded or even fired for protesting at work. Also, in the past, Christians in the NFL have been bullied for kneeling in prayer before or during a game. Post 9/11, many players wanted to wear badges, but weren’t allowed. There are other examples, but you get the idea.

    I think many people wish the NFL would be consistent in allowing other forms of “protest” or badges, etc. I think the NFL is seen by many as being hypocrites. People across the country don’t feel like they are being heard. When they do speak out, they are shunned, criticized or called racist. THAT is what Trump is tapping into and why he was elected in the first place. He is feeding on that and it’s the ONLY reason he said anything about the kneeling. (It’s the “Art of the Deal” as someone told me earlier today).

    I am a very spiritual person, who believes that everyone has a right to be seen and heard, without being criticized. It truly breaks my heart to see this nation filled with so much hate. As you said in your other post today, hopefully everyone can calm down and we can talk and get this country straightened out. I don’t think President Trump is the person to do that. He is too loud, too vocal, too vulgar and too incendiary. As long as he is in the white house, things won’t change.

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    • I wanted to add one other thing. I’m a very patriotic person and I jumped on the “I’m offended by your kneeling” bandwagon right away. I proceeded to repost different items and videos on Facebook on Sunday, even changing my profile images. I was upset. Then I went to bed, and couldn’t sleep. I felt uncomfortable with what I had done. I knew that, in the grand scheme of life, that this issue wasn’t important at all. When I woke up, I changed my profile images and deleted many of the things I had posted the day before. Then I saw your quote: “Be outraged at things that are outrageous.”. I love that and it really woke me up. I just wanted to say thanks for that. I appreciate your words. They helped me remind me who I am, what I believe, and why I’m here. The reason I blog in the first place. I forgot that on Sunday. Thank you for helping me remember.

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    • I agree on some points. I would argue that the players aren’t being vilified due to protesting at work; or at least I have read only a few people saying so. They overwhelming majority have focused on disrespecting the flag and lack of patriotism. Plus, being an NFL player cannot be compared to working a normal job because it isn’t. With everything said I do appreciate you taking the time to shed light on a possible new perspective as I do like the conversation. 🙂

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  4. One can never forget that we are rebels at heart, born from the internal fires of needing to change the world for the better, we are at our best when we are trying to right wrongs, especially when we have been the guilty parties as well as the wronged

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  5. This is a topic I have been grappling with. I consider myself patriotic. I think there is an aspect of recent events that is lost on those on one side or the other. While I don’t agree with kneeling through the anthem, I support the right to do so. Soldiers didn’t die so that we are compelled to stand. Soldiers died defending our freedom. Any time we mandate a belief and impose penalties like losing one’s job or going to jail, we inch close to the nations led by leaders we despise like North Korea and others. Once we allow loyalty to be mandated, where does it stop?

    Here is the controversial part of my view on this. A great number of Americans allowed themselves to be manipulated. Donald Trump portrays himself as patriotic. He revers and extols the virtues of the military and surrounds himself with generals. Yet, when it was his turn to serve, he received 5 deferrals, 4 four college and one for magic disappearing bone spurs (he went on to play several sports after this last deferral). How can we take a cue from him on this. Was it true patriotic feelings or just a way to divert our attention from other issues (North Korea, the wall, the Russia investigation, lack of aid for Puerto Rico, etc.)

    This view may ruffle some feathers, but it’s how I feel.

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  6. I don’t think its just as American you can get, in the UK, we have been protesting for god knows how long. In 1125 London town protested against Empress Maud becoming Queen and won, The Peasants Revolt in the 1400 and it goes on, the Suffragetts, the miners, anything to do with Northern Ireland. Protests against Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, protests against benefit cuts, I believe we also protested against The Prime Minister.

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