My take on the whole kneeling nonsense? Just that, it is all nonsense.
I did not write the following but it sums up my point of view.
As a vet, I don’t feel “disrespected”.
I swore to defend all rights. Especially the unpopular ones that most people disagree with. Those ones need protected the most.
What does make me feel disrespected is when you drag MY service into YOUR argument and get offended on MY behalf.
Veterans are fucking tired of being brought out like dancing poodles for the fucking GOP and conservatives of this nation to further their own selfish, backwards, and archaic ideas.
That’s disrespectful to us.
We are living, breathing people with our own thoughts and ideologies.
We don’t belong to your team. We don’t belong to any team.
We swore to uphold the Constitution. Part of that Constitution is these players doing exactly what they are allowed to do – peacefully protest.
Showing 100% reverence to a nation or symbol of the nation is NOT patriotism, it’s nationalism.
And history has shown that nationalism is a very dangerous idea.
“The cure for anything is saltwater….sweat, tears or the sea.” Isak Dinesen