I've posted this before on my husband's behalf ( he went in
harm's way as a USAF airborne Cold Warrior (airborne intelligence intercept
operator/analyst), putting his life deep in peril every time. Since I have the
account here, he asked me to say this to those who decry the "take a
knee" protests (quoting Benjamin Corey, also a veteran):I can
speak for myself on this whole “taking a knee disrespects our vets,”
because I’ve earned my right to speak.Here is what I’d
like to tell all of you who make the "disrespect" argument on “my
behalf.”I feel my sacrifice deeply honored every single time I
see a football player take a knee– because that represents the freedom of
speech and expression that I gave so much of myself to uphold.In
fact, nothing honors my sacrifice more than the public exercise of these core
freedoms.What I’d also like you to know is that it is actually
your position that disrespects what I have given for this nation.You
say you are offended when these players take a knee, and that they are
disrespecting my sacrifice to the nation.But the reality?There is no position that disrespects me, or dishonors my sacrifice, more than
Please note the snide anti-American comments already posted by the usual
characters that hate America. Mr. Warren did you note, your denigration of Utah
County included the author of the letter, a veteran of military service.
Perhaps in Utah County the diligence shown by residents in standing smartly at
attention for the anthem and flag, with hands over hearts, is their way of
compensating for the low proportion of residents in the area who have served in
branches of the U.S. military.
Our president is a staunch supporter of the flag and the national anthem. But
he is a very poor example of the values it represents. Much like a cross on a
necklace or a CTR ring, it is the conduct that is meaningful, not the symbolic
representation of it.
@Thomas Jefferson "It is sad that so many think that a song and a piece of
cloth are worth more than the ideas they represent but that is what todays
identity politics have become."Are you saying it's sad that
so many people felt inspired to pay proper respect to the flag??The
US Flag Code says, "The flag represents a living country and is itself
considered a living thing". So, some people feel it is more than just cloth
and ideas. It's sad some people don't know what the Flag Code says.
It is sad that so many think that a song and a piece of cloth are worth more
than the ideas they represent but that is what todays identity politics have
become. Nationalism and xenophobia passed off as pretend patriotism.
Great letter, Jan. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.I saw a
similar experience at a high school football game last Wednesday night. Three
young ladies were singing the national anthem when the sound system failed
halfway into the song. The entire crowd on both sides of the stadium picked up
the lyrics and started singing even louder in place of the young ladies. It was
very heartwarming and inspiring. It's great to see people who
respect the flag and national anthem enough to pay the appropriate tribute, even
when its inconvenient or unexpected.
"It would seem that the "kneeling" athlete or the professional teams
could share their money and influence by joining with local law enforcement
community initiatives or by helping develop youth or school programs to
challenge the problems rather than kneel during the anthem. "As
Karen said, they do. In fact the league promotes community involvement with
sponsored special projects, and even public recognition. That's what most libs on this thread are here for to battle the uniformed
ideology of the right. No one thinks we're going to change any minds, but
we can inform the dialogue.
"It would seem that the 'kneeling' athlete or the professional
teams could share their money and influence by joining with local law
enforcement community initiatives or by helping develop youth or school programs
to challenge the problems rather than kneel during the anthem."Ms. Felix: If you had first researched whether this is taking place and
learned that it isn't, then you'd be in a position to pass judgment.
But I know that you didn't because I know that it IS taking place. For
examples, Google "The memo 4 players sent NFL commissioner Roger
Goodell," published Sept. 20, 2017 on Yahoo Sports.How great
would it be if all LTE writers who have made this mistake would also write
follow-up letters acknowledging their error and applauding/supporting the
players for their efforts to live their values.