Are there issues facing this country that Kaepernick, his fellow athletes, and the rest of America should rightly speak out about? Of course. Protesting by taking a knee during the national anthem is their unquestioned right. The irony is the country that offers them that right ought to be respected for it. A further irony is that these professional athletes are rewarded for work in their chosen professions at a level that is far disproportionate to that of those who protect their rights. Their chosen form of protest does not show respect; it shows a fundamental misunderstanding of why Americans honor their country by standing for the Star Spangled Banner. The object is not to show total approval for their country, but to honor what it has been at its best, the great accomplishments of its people, and what it strives to be.
This was to finally be the year of the movement conservative. What none of them realized, was that the white, non-college educated working man had abandoned the Republican party two elections ago.
Independence Day needs to be a day not just to celebrate our independence, but one that reminds us to recommit ourselves to those freedoms that this country gained by the Revolution, and all those won since.
Another concern of ordinary British citizens was the weight of overbearing regulation emanating from Brussels. Common household appliances, including hair dryers, toasters, and tea warmers were deemed too energy hungry to be used in the E.U. You can mess with Brit’s hair dryer, but threaten their toast and tea and you have a rebellion on your hands.
If there is an active FBI investigation, and the subject attempts to buy a gun and is denied because he or she is flagged, does that not alert the subject to the fact they are being investigated? What if the person is innocent? Would they have to prove their innocence in order to regain their second amendment rights? That's not how our system works. In out system, you are innocent until proven guilty.
We have to understand what our enemy does not-- that every human life is sacred, not just those we approve of, or those we can relate to, but all lives.