It all started with one man “taking a knee” because he could not respect the flag of a country that mistreated black people. I personally was appalled when I saw it happen. I fly my flag with pride on my 30Ft. tall flag pole every day, and smile every time it catches my eye. My flag evokes patriotism in me, my family and friends who see it when they visit. It flies in silence, offering those who view it a chance to reflect on the heritage that awesome piece of cloth has bestowed on our land. To bring this great nation to the place it holds in the world today it has certainly gone through, good and bad times.
I don’t think that many of us are proud of the treatment the Native Americans received, or the proliferation of slavery in the South and the bloodiest Civil War in our history that it took to end it. We are proud of our men who fought, but I think that few of us are proud of the Vietnam War or the senseless demonstrations going on in our society today decrying Free Speech. They were very dark times that everyone needs to put behind them, because that is where they belong; among the visable scars we have received building this great nation; scars to be looked at, understood, but never talked about.
I think, however, that all of us are proud of the Minutemen and their stand for freedom from British oppression, and gaining our Independence as they carried “Old Glory” into battle. I know that everyone is thankful for the bravery and sacrafice that 250,000 souls offered up to rid the world of Nazism, all of whom were buried beneath an American Flag, in cemeteries that demand silence and respect from anyone that visits them, with hands over their hearts and tears in their eyes. I know that we all honor every Gold Star Mothers that gave her begotten sons and daughters for cause of freedom all over the world.
I know that most of us are not very proud of the ugliness happening at the opening of football games every Monday, Thursday, and Sunday. I know I sit there seething with deep abhorrence. I admit that I have been moved to utter a disparaging word or two as well, following up with rude gestures that only my wife and my dogs can see. I am appalled at what I see and hear, and I know most of you feel the same.
Finally, one man has had the courage to stand up, and with a few choice words said exactly what is on the minds of millions and millions of Americans. Thank you President Trump. And thank you Jerry Jones, and please the rest of you owners and coaches realize that you are killing sports with your foolish attitudes. It is not about ‘Freedon of Speech’. it is about respect, morality and love of country. I notice that those who you disrespect are absent from your games by the thousands. Maybe it is time for me to read a good book on Monday, Thursday and Sunday.