“My understanding at least is he’s exercising his constitutional right to make a statement. I think there’s a long history of sports figures doing so,” Obama said Monday during a news conference in Hangzhou, China.
Strawman. This isn’t a question of Constitutional rights. No one I know who is challenging Kaepernick’s “stance” disputes his 1st Amendment right to be anti-American (which is an American tradition to do amongst some Americans on one side of the political spectrum). But those of us who disagree with him, his forum for protest, his expression of it, and his opinion regarding history, race, cops, etc. have a Constitutional right as well to protest the protester. Duh.
“But I don’t doubt his sincerity.
There goes my figurative coffee all over the figurative computer keyboard.
I think he cares about some real, legitimate issues that need to be talked about and, if nothing else, what he’s done is generated more conversation about some topics that need to be talked about.”
Okay. Let’s talk about BLM and cop on black violence. Let’s talk about slavery. White privilege. American “genocide” of Native Americans. Oppression in 2016 America. Racism in 2016 America. [sarcasm] Because those issues have not been flagellated to death and divisive enough, already [/sarcasm]. Since we’re on it, let’s talk about how the Howard Zinn/Noam Chomsky worldview of America is seriously lopsided, distorted, flawed, and damaging.
Kaepernick has a right to be anti-American, as an American. And as an American, myself, I recognize his act and opinion for what it is: an American anti-American act of self-hatred of country. I also think how he is expressing his flawed grasp of American history and current events is the wrong forum for him doing so. It is narcissism. The American school system has failed him.
The one thing that should unite all of us who call ourselves American, regardless of color or political stripe, is the national flag. We’re all red, white, and blue, aren’t we? Or are we?
This is my opinion. This is how I am exercising my freedom of expression. And now I have to run off to work, so forgive the sloppiness of this post.
Seeing as how no new posts have been created since last Wednesday (aside from Sunday Funnies), I thought I’d put something up.
A former fetus, the “wordsmith from nantucket” was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1968. Adopted at birth, wordsmith grew up a military brat. He achieved his B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (graduating in the top 97% of his class), where he also competed rings for the UCLA mens gymnastics team. The events of 9/11 woke him from his political slumber and malaise. Currently a personal trainer and gymnastics coach.
The wordsmith has never been to Nantucket.