Colin Kaepernick, chose to sit on his now familiar Bench during the national anthem and apparently will continue to do so. Okay, so good for him, many of us are tired of discussing ‘to stand or not to stand’. It really isn’t the issue. He did not choose to burn the American flag like some disrespectful shit disturbers, and good for him. Now the Hillary squad is in an uproar over Donald Trump supporter, Pastor Burns for his tweet of a blackfaced Hillary, symbolizing the democratic beloved candidates pandering to black “voters”.
Kaepernick was/is apparently offensive to many, as was/is Pastor Burns! Both of these gentlemen chose to make a point, gain some attention for whatever cause they may have if only for attention. In today’s world, good or nice deeds get little to no attention. Things outrageous or hair raising and often crazy makes headlines. Hell we should be use to it by now! Do you think Donald Trump would be where is today, one election away from the White House if he acted like Jimmy Carter or Gerald Ford……..both boring; aside from poor golf swings or clumsiness. We could have been looking and listening to Jeb Bush still! Trump occasionally says things (okay often) that make the outrageous seem small…..and sometimes with really no message except insult. But it gets headlines! It may be simply a strategy, get attention. It is difficult for a non-politician to come on the national scene an win an election any election, let alone the presidency. That is normally reserved for career and often failed career politicians. So, Trump had to make some noise. I believe President Trump is less off the wall than Candidate Trump.
So, what really is the difference between Kaepernick and the Pastor? Nothing, except to those that want to be politically correct. What does political correctness do? It shows our division and inability to respect one another’s opinion to be different in how we react and believe. I can choose to ignore a Colin Kaepernick if I don’t like what he does or how he expresses himself. Its easy to do……and no, for the record I didn’t agree with his choice. There are many things I don’t like about our government and the direction we are headed, but I stand before and in respect of OUR flag. I don’t think of Obama, Clinton (or even Trump) or Congress during our national anthem; far from it. I think of the men and women before us who sacrificed their lives, and those serving today who gave me the right to stand or sit and rant when I feel the need; and gave me the luxury of living in a country where millions of others strive to enter legally and illegally (and willing to die trying).
It is still with all our flaws the greatest country on earth.