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There’s been a lot of media attention over Black Lives Matter and athletes like Colin Kaepernick and Megan Rapinoe refusing to recognize the American Flag during sporting competitions.

I’m confused about this on many levels because I believe that all lives matter and that athletics should have nothing to do with politics.

I was raised in an era where the Pledge of Allegiance was still said in school every day (even my few years in public school).  I still put my hand over my heart and tear up a bit when the Pledge is said or the National Anthem is played.  I frown when people are talking or men don’t remove their hats during the Pledge or the Anthem.  I still believe this is the best country IN THE WORLD, regardless of how far we’ve fallen from the path of our ancestors.

I believe that abortion is murder.  It’s not choice, it’s not feminism, it’s not control of one’s self.  It’s taking something that is living and in the process of being created and stopping that process.  Call it what you will, it’s ceasing the living of a being. Margaret Sanger’s intent was to rid the world of poor black children.  I believe that Planned Parenthood may have put some shiny beads on the ideals of Ms. Sanger; but their intent is the same.  And more black children have been murdered by abortionists than murdered by other means.

“Nationwide, the black homicide victimization rate in 2011 was 17.51 per 100,000. The overall national homicide victimization rate was 4.44 per 100,000, and among white Americans, the homicide victimization rate was 2.64 per 100,000.”

 

“According to 2010 census data, African Americans make up 12.6% of the U.S. population2 but the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that black women accounted for 35.4% of all abortions in 2009.3 The Guttmacher Institute (AGI) puts the percentage of black abortions at 30% of the U.S. total.4″

If LIVES really mattered, abortions would be as illegal as killing a baby eagle or destroying an owl habitat.

 

I’m confused how protesting the symbol of the country that allows you the freedom to do so is in any way anything more than a slap in the face of all those who are currently serving and have in the past served this country to keep us free.  If you don’t like the freedoms that we have here, then I encourage you all to go to any other country that is not the US.  Enroll your kids in their schools, pay your taxes, drive your fancy cars and live in your houses.  Give up your citizenship to the United States and don’t come back.  Because I can guarantee you that you may enjoy some of the benefits of socialized medicine or equal pay or freedom from religion (don’t even get me started); but you will find that your means to complain about the things you don’t like will be squashed like a bug.  It may even cost you or your family your life.

If athletes were really concerned about people and lives (regardless of the color), then maybe instead of protesting the flag of the country that allows them to make MILLIONS of dollars (Rapinoe has a net worth of $2M, Kaepernick $10M); they should be protesting the legal system than allows men to abuse women without criminal charges.  Or the pornography or sex-trafficking industries that are more destructive than people who owned slaves over 150 years ago (1850 according to Wikipedia)

It’s certainly put both Rapinoe and Kaepernick in the news; I’ll admit I’m not much of a soccer fan and I had NO IDEA who Megan Rapinoe even was until I read about her kneeling stunt.  Sometimes I guess bad press is better than no press at all…

Furthermore, if athletes want to actually protest something of import, maybe it’s time they protest the hypocrisy that allows a man convicted of a federal crime to return to his job.  Yeah, I’m bringing up Michael Vick.  In what other country, in what other UNIVERSE; could any person of ANY COLOR get his or her actual job back and get paid for it after serving time for a FEDERAL offense?

Of course it’s okay to kneel or refuse to stand in respect to a country that completely trivializes you by allowing you to kick or throw or run a piece of leather from one end of a grassy field to the other; while raking in the dollars from sponsors like Jaguar or Nike or Subway.

It’s even within your rights, I suppose, to publicly humiliate that same country by calling another team “cowards” (Hope Solo) or lying about criminal activity (Ryan Lochte) while representing that same country in a multi-national sporting spectacle.  Because you can.

And so, it is with anxiety that I read articles like this where an entire TEAM is reportedly considering protesting the flag. And on a HISTORIC day that should NEVER be forgotten!

 

Because I am naïve enough to believe that no one actually hates our country enough to NOT stand for the flag and because I am loyal enough to believe that football players I respect might actually have some values, I am truly hoping that this is only the media, once again, blowing things out of proportion.

Perhaps we should take the symbol of our freedom and put it in the closet where all the values and principles that made our country a force to be reckoned with have been hidden.  Because if we can’t be loyal to the symbol that represents our freedoms, we no longer deserve to have those freedoms.

I suppose it will be nice to have more time to finish up those projects I’ve been putting off; after all there’ll be Monday and Thursday nights and all day Sunday, plus several holidays from August to January that will be open on my calendar.

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