Sports Stars Disrespect Of The Flag HURTING Race Relations
Americans have been fighting a race war since the American Civil War. Millions have people have died since then. The Difference of Black and White is the GREAT DIVIDE! Pitting Americans against Americans and it is only getting worse. The Question really is WHY!
The United States was founded by Cast offs from every other county. We used to be called the MELTING POT. Do you remember the Saturday Morning Cartoon?
In The BEGINNING Indigenous people lived in what is now the United States for thousands of years before European colonists began to arrive. The Spanish built small settlements in Florida and the Southwest, and the French along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast. By the 1770s, thirteen British colonies contained two and a half million people along the Atlantic coast east of the Appalachian Mountains.
After the end of the French and Indian Wars in the 1760s, the British government imposed a series of new taxes, rejecting the colonists’ argument that any new taxes had to be approved by them (see Stamp Act 1765). Tax resistance, especially the Boston Tea Party (1773), led to punitive laws (the Intolerable Acts) by Parliament designed to end self-government in Massachusetts. American Patriots (as they called themselves) adhered to a political ideology called republicanism that emphasized civic duty, virtue, and opposition to corruption, fancy luxuries and aristocracy.
Armed conflict began in 1775 as Patriots drove the royal officials out of every colony and assembled in mass meetings and conventions. In 1776, the Second Continental Congress declared that there was a new, independent nation, the United States of America, not just a collection of disparate colonies. With large-scale military and financial support from France and the military leadership of General George Washington, the American Patriots won the Revolutionary War. The peace treaty of 1783 gave the new nation the land east of the Mississippi River (except Florida and Canada). The central government established by the Articles of Confederation proved ineffectual at providing stability, as it had no authority to collect taxes and had no executive officer. Congress called a convention to meet secretly in Philadelphia in 1787. It wrote a new Constitution, which was adopted in 1789. In 1791, a Bill of Rights was added to guarantee inalienable rights. With Washington as the first president and Alexander Hamilton his chief political and financial adviser, a strong central government was created. When Thomas Jefferson became president he purchased the Louisiana Territory from France, doubling the size of the United States. A second and final war with Britain was fought in 1812.
The United States Was Founded On Freedoms. We went to WARS for these freedoms. Our Youth DIED defending Our Freedom. And Our Freedom was seen by our FLAG! Lady Liberty! And Our FLAG was sacred!
It wasn’t until 2009 that NFL Players stood on the sidelines for our National Anthem. The NFL and Our military started that to help Build Pride for America and for the Military. Did the NFL just do it because of 9/11? Not really. They did it cause they were PAID to do it. According to a report from Christopher Baxter and Jonathan Salant of NJ.com, the Department of Defense has paid 14 different NFL teams a total of $5.4 million from 2009-2014 in exchange for patriotic displays at games.
Per NJ.com’s report, “U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz) last week called out the New Jersey Army National Guard for the spending, which, in part, paid for a segment at Jets home games in which soldiers were featured on the big screen, thanked for their service and given tickets to the game.”
The National Guard responded by asserting that it was a useful recruitment tool.
“Promoting and increasing the public’s understanding and appreciation of military service in the New Jersey Army National Guard increases the propensity for service in our ranks and garners public support for our Hometown Team,” Guard spokesman Patrick Daugherty said.
The Jets were joined by the Falcons, Ravens, Bills, Bengals, Browns, Packers, Colts, Chiefs, Vikings and Steelers in receiving multiple payouts, while the Cowboys, Dolphins and Rams were each one-time recipients. The team that has received the most money from this practice is the Falcons, with a total of $1,049,500 coming their way in five payments.
After being criticized for “paid patriotism,” in which money came out of the armed forces budget for various measures of public recognition during games, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that the league would pay that money back.
In a letter written to Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain on Wednesday, and disclosed on Thursday, Goodell said that — following an audited review of 100 marketing agreements from 2012 to 2015 by accounting firm Deloitte & Touche — teams were deemed to have received $723,734 for acts of sponsored patriotism.
That money, Goodell promised, would be returned to the government. Goodell also wrote that marketing activities would be audited more frequently to catch such activities in the future.
So even with the understanding of why Colin Kaepernick decided not to stand for our National Anthem, the problem is that he is disrespecting OUR FLAG. Our National Anthem. Old Glory did NOTHING to You. But give you a place where you can make MILLIONS for playing a GAME. You want the Police to Protect your HOMES that the money you make buys you. You want them to protect your cars. But you disrespect the Flag for what this country stands for.
If you want to protest… STAY HOME! Don’t DRESS OUT! Don’t Go To The GAME!
Now wouldn’t that make a Statement? And You will still be STANDING UP for your COUNTRY!