Niners QB Kaepernick refuses to stand for anthem in protest
Update 0750/08.28.2016. Prompted by some discussions on FB ... Almost all of the flag-waving super-patriots I have come across have never served in uniform, and have sacrificed little or nothing.
They become enraged over people who refuse to recite the pledge of allegiance, or who burn or otherwise 'desecrate' flags. They want such people jailed; some are willing to assault such people, beat them up ... for what? To teach them all about 'American values?'
I find flag-burning, etc to be a very poor means of trying to make a point, but I believe it to be protected 'speech'. I think it is, and so does the Supreme Court. Our Constitution says so, buried there in the First Amendment.
I believe Kaepernick's form of protest to be a poor one, but it is his God-given right to do it that way. I think so, and so does the Supreme Court, and our Constitution says so.
It's not my fault that the flag-waving super-patriots' critical thinking skills are so poorly developed that they can't see it; that their emotional development ceased somewhere at the kindergarten level.
I've written about this elsewhere. The oath I have taken many times has always been to 'protect and defend the Constitution.' That means I 'protect and defend' Kaepernick's form of protest. I don't like it, I don't have to like it, but that's where I stand with it. That's where the Constitution stands with it.
Those who have served in uniform, yet who engage in the rabid psuedo-Americanism of the flag-waving super-patriots would do well to take a good think on the oath they took, and what it really means.