It is because of this that I actually appreciate the most recent "anthem" controversy. For me, it has made something of no interest (sports) interesting.....and it has forced people who rarely think beyond "who should be traded for whom" or "who ran for the most yards in 1973" or "pass me another Coors light" to ponder some important issues. And that is a good thing.
(I figured given the nature of this blog, I should at least toss in some visual that incorporates discipline. And this may well be the first time I've posted a M/m image. LOL)
It doesn't really matter where a person stands on this most recent issue... a protest against violent racism, particularly within law enforcement in a country that touts equality, because the controversy is no longer about that single issue. Now it encompasses several:
-Should a paid athlete be allowed to use their own public sporting event to highlight a political issue?
-Are simpler political statements OK (like wearing a ribbon or emblem)......but not ones that revolve around flags/anthems? Or are flags and anthems the ideal place to focus attention on things that may be wrong in the country?
-How free should "free speech" be?
-Is 'patriotism' supporting one's country no matter what? or acknowledging the bad and trying to change it?
-Should a president make the sort of commentary Trump has made about this issue?
-From the 'Trump perspective' ....is this really about the anthem and kneeling, or is this a tactic of diversion......or of division? Worse, is it merely about disrupting an organization he personally doesn't like?
-Are we a hopelessly divided country, separated by race, ideology, and wealth?
Personally, I have a view on all of these, but expressing that view is not what this post is about. Instead, I am just happy to see the tailgate crowd finally thinking and talking about something important. Thinking is good. Thanks, Donald.