Those worthless and ungrateful football players who refuse to stand during the playing of the National Anthem do not really understand what this country is all about. It is not a punishment to live in this country. If you think it is, you have the right to leave any time. Living in this country is a privilege. Every time our national anthem is played, it like saying thank you for this privilege. The National Anthem was played at the Olympics at Rio each time the United States won a gold medal. I was proud of our American athletes who stood during the playing of the National Anthem as representatives of this country. When you refuse to stand during the playing of the national anthem, you are making a political statement. And it is not the one you think you are making. You are saying that you despise America, and everything it stands for. It is not a statement against police killings. It is not the time or place to make such statements. It doesn’t hurt these football players to stand for a couple of minutes during the National Anthem. They have 23 hours and 58 minutes remaining each day to criticize this country. Not a bad trade off! By the way don’t tell me about their rights. They only have “their rights” because others died to preserve those rights including police and fire personal who died on 9/11 in New York. I guess it’s why these worthless football players can make millions each year while others died to give them this right.
For one who was born and grew up in the small towns of the Midwest, there is a special kind of nostalgia about the Fourth of July.
Somewhere in our youth, we began to be aware of the meaning of important national days and with that awareness came the birth of patriotism. July Fourth is the birthday of our nation. I believed as a boy, and believe even more today, that it is the birthday of the greatest nation on earth.
Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.
We sometimes forget that great truth, and we never should.
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