I find it peculiar that something that began as a silent protest against injustice, and, if you will, hypocrisy, idiocy, and a few other well-chosen words, turned into an argument as silly as what we now seem to have. As I understand it, Colin Kaepernick, a pretty decent quarterback, decided to simply remain seated during the National Anthem played before an NFL game. Sort of like Rosa Parks did all those years ago.
At first, nobody paid much attention to what he was doing. But, gradually, they did, and his act of sitting became a bit more. As he tried to explain what he was doing, which I believe was simply seeking a way to call attention to oppression, by this simple act of protest, the arguments have grown.
One obvious outcome is that he is out of work. And, what began as a simple protest has somehow become all about patriotism, disrespect for the Flag, and a whole lot of things that he did not say or do, and does not say or do. Frankly, the whole thing has got me to wondering about something even more basic than his protest.
By the way, before I get to that, let me say that I totally understand what he is saying, and I not only agree with his right to say it in whatever manner he chooses, but I hope that maybe, just maybe, this could lead to some public acknowledgment of what we, as a nation, still need to do to live in real and actual equality.
Granted, also, this has been pushed off the stage a bit by the tragedy in Las Vegas, but in my opinion, Kaepernick's point is driven even deeper to home by the insanity that transpired in Las Vegas. We, the majority, have remained silent for far too long about far too many things!
We need real equality, and we need it now! We need real gun control, and we need it now. The time for talk about these issues should be long gone. It is way past the time to finally take action. Get the money out of politics, and ban the NRA and all lobbying! Don't pass more laws, because there are too many on the books that are not being enforced as it is. Enforce those laws which are essential by restoring the Equal Rights Act, and strictly adhering to it! For me, simple gun control is not enough, and I see complete and total confiscation as the only solution.
I should not have to repeat facts like the single common factor in our mass killings is guns. Or, that other nations which banned guns a long time ago, have no mass killings. That every excuse that has been presented to date has been weak, lame, and sadly off the mark. But, there you go.
I know that many folks still want to strictly interpret the Second Amendment, but only that part that they believe supports their precious *right* to bear arms. They always ignore that part about a "well regulated militia." And, their position ignores the precious *right* that the rest of us have to simply live, and to remain alive! I submit that the Second Amendment was written by people who did not have access to even so much as a revolver, let alone automatic, or semiautomatic weapons. Therefore, it is sadly out of date, and needs to be rewritten so that it applies to today's world.
I have really gotten off the subject here, haven't I? OK, back to my point. It is this. Here's a suggestion to solve this whole sit, stand, kneel, anthem, flag, protest thing. How about eliminating the playing of the national anthem before sporting events? I mean, what is the point? It's not like the event that is about to transpire is going to do much to further our national interests, or even put us on the international stage, now is it?
So, here's the quick solution to part of this controversy. No more national anthem. Let the military seek another way to recruit cannon fodder for the rich man's wars. Save the taxpayers some money, in the process, too!