After yesterday’s NFL display of “unity”, I’m heartbroken.
As I was growing up, I kept hearing baseball as being referred to as “America’s game”. But, even then, I knew better. Sure, baseball is a fine game, but, it wasn’t/isn’t football. Football, by far, embodied Americanism.
You see, America is a collective of rugged individuals, all come together for a common cause …… the notion that all men were created equal and all that flows from such notion. And, football embodies such a notion. Eleven rugged individuals on the field at the same, with different talents, each of equal importance, comming together for a common cause.
Yesterday’s exibition was an exihibition of team or league over country. It was in response to a statement Trump made ….. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, `Get that son of a bitch off the field right now! Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!“
And, yes, I’d love to see exactly that. It is what should have happened the first time some SOB disrespected our nation.
Our national anthem and our flag are symbolic of our nation. Indeed, our national anthem was wrote because of the great and ultimate sacrifices given by unnamed men, ensuring our flag remain flying through a most horrific bombardment. You should watch this video (the account is slightly disupted), but, it’s sentiment is entirely and exactly correct.
The video talks about the bodies which held up the flag …….. over the course of the years of this nation’s existence, that’s exactly what has happened.
But, that isn’t all that our flag, our anthem, represents. It is not only the sacrifices (many the ultimate sacrifice) and service our people gave, but, also the notion of this nation. That all men were created equal, and that we can and should govern ourselves, and the feality to such notion by most Americans throughout our history.
So, we stand for our flag, and we stand for our national anthem, not only for the brave men and women to serve our nation now, but, who also served our nation in the past, we stand for the notion of this nation, and we stand for the people of this nation ……… IN DISPLAY OF OUR UNITY WITH THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION!
In many responses from teams of the NFL to the league, the word “divisive” was used in response to Trump’s statements. I can think of nothing more divisive in the US than to show disrespect to our Flag and our Anthem and all that it stands for.
Also, I’d like to address some of more simple minds who may read this …….. No one, and I’ll repeat, NO ONE is trying to take a first admendment right from anyone else. Not Trump, not me, not anyone. Yes, everyone in this land has a right to protest as they see fit (with the exception of causeing harm or damage to people and property), but, you don’t have a right to do it on my dime, or anyone else’.
Your NFL team, or your league unity is not more important than national unity, as this man so demonstrates. (And, the hundreds of other American citizens are demonstrating in the pic)
I was an NFL fan since my earliest memories. It is a part of me. The first Super Bowl I remember watching my Dolphins lose to my Cowboys. (My first peewee league team was the Dolphins, my second, the Cowboys.) I’ve been a diehard fan ever since. But, it strikes me ……. I was raised on Army bases. When the flag was raised and lowered, when the horn played, everyone stopped and saluted (or stood at attention with your hand over your heart) the flag or from the direction of the music if you couldn’t see the flag. It didn’t matter if you were driving or not. Cars stopped, soldiers and people got out!
Growing up, I distinguished no difference between football and America, or our Flag. I guess I’m not done growing up. The day any team I’m on or I support has decided that it should take precidence over my flag, my anthem, my country, is the day I quit that team. It is, after all, only a game. A game which holds little resemblemce to the game I played, and the game I once loved so dearly.
God, family, country. In that order!
Join with me, if you will, in unity with our fellow Americans to send a strong message to the NFL that we won’t tolerate disrespecting our Flag, our Anthem, our Nation. I’ll have no part of it.
Addendum …….. as I don’t have cable and cannot watch, nor would if I could, ESPN, could someone let me know if the Cowboys in any manner sat or kneeled when our Anthem is played?