If you’ve followed the news in the past week–and even if you haven’t–you’re no doubt aware of the NFL debacle.
Overpaid executives and pampered athletes have joined forces, but not to honor and respect America. No, these members of the National Football League have made sure to reignite andĀ backĀ what Colin Kaepernick started last season: kneeling during our National Anthem.
How do veterans feel?
Republican CongressmanĀ Brian Mast, a veteran who lost both legs during combat in Afghanistan, saysĀ these players should beĀ shown the door, and at the very least penalized.
āI have taken a knee after jumping out of a helicopter as we looked for the enemy, taken a knee in front of the Soldiers Cross as we mourned a fallen brother and taken a knee in church. Any player who has taken a knee to protest this great country during its anthem should already be gone,” explainedĀ the Florida Republican Congressman.
But Congressman Mast isn’t the only one. Steelers’ offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva made national headlines after refusing to join the rest of his teammates who decided to sit the anthem out. Villanueva is a West Point graduate and served three tours of duty, earning the Bronze Star for his acts of valor.
While the NFL claims to care about fighting “oppression” and simply wants to “level the playing field” for all Americans, it’s clear that their current solution is nothing but a cop-out. What have they actually contributed to solve the problems they so desperately claim affect America? It’s interesting that none of the players bent on stirring controversy have actually taken positive action.
Donate money. Get involved in your community. Affect a positive change. But have any of them done this? No.
Because protesting is easy. Taking a knee to spit in the face of America’s values–the values that thousands of men and women have died to defend–provides nothing to affect real change. Instead, it has contributed to division and hatred.
At the end of the day, protecting our Nation’s flag, anthem, and military members should be our number one priority. Because if they didn’t “have our 6”, there would be no NFL in the first place–or America for that matter.