It’s disrespectful to our troops to kneel during the national anthem, according to our president.
According to his example, here’s how you honor the troops like a good American:
- Get a medical exemption for bone spurs and avoid being drafted during a war.
- Declare that you know more about ISIS than US generals, despite your career in Manhattan real estate.
- Denigrate a senator who was a POW for 4+ years because you “like people who weren’t captured, okay?”
- Ignore the fact that he refused early release because it would have left his fellow POW’s behind.
- Ignore the fact that his service and capture was in the very war you avoided via your bone spurs.
- Repeatedly insult the family of a fallen soldier who challenges your understanding of the Constitution after you call for a religion-based test for entrance to the country.
- Ignore the families of fallen soldiers for two weeks, and call them only once the media highlights your silence.
- Claim that former presidents rarely or never called families of KIA warfighters, despite overwhelming amounts of direct anecdotal and photographic evidence to the contrary.
- Tell a pregnant widow of a slain serviceman that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”
- Forget that serviceman’s name while talking to his widow, just for good measure.
- Politicize the wartime death of your chief of staff’s son against the COS’s repeatedly stated objections.
- Relentlessly goad the unstable leader of North Korea while 30,000+ US troops are stationed within 35 miles of the Korean border.
- Refer to the United States military as “my military.”
- Scrap the Iran nuclear deal (after we’ve already given them the money), putting Israel at risk and greatly increasing the likelihood of future conflict for our military.
- Inquire about the possibility of North Korea/China/USSR-style military parades down Constitution Avenue.
- Inquire about the possibility of a tenfold increase in our nuclear weaponry, despite worldwide, generational work toward nonproliferation.
I get it. He finds the act of kneeling during the national anthem distasteful. That’s his take, and I don’t have a problem with it. To each his own, and contrary to his wishes, it’s a free country for everyone – including NFL players and presidents.
And you might find it distasteful, too. That’s your right. But if you are against NFL players kneeling AND an advocate for Donald Trump, you have some explaining to do.
Donald Trump took an oath to protect and defend the CONSTITUTION of the United States. Not the culture. Not the history. Not the patriotism.
The Constitution. The foundational document that makes this conglomerate of diversely pigmented and opinioned people…a people.
His argument that the NFL should demand that the players stand, and his assertion that the government should strong-arm the NFL into compliance with his demands, is honestly a non-starter. That’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works.
But beyond that, his insistence that “patriotism” and “the troops” demand mandatory respect couldn’t come from a less patriotic or respectful human being.
Your leader’s angry representation of your opinion undermines the validity of your very opinion—precisely because he’s lived 71 years flouting the very values he claims to hold dear. And he didn’t turn over a new leaf on January 21, 2017…he doubled down and got much, much worse.
So, if you are against NFL players kneeling, be against it. Good for you. But if you want to make your point ten times more valid: tell your president that his actions and inactions speak louder than his pandering, blatantly insincere words.