I will be among those boycotting the NFL tomorrow. For me, I am not protesting anyone’s right to speak or protest against the ills of our society.
I am a Vietnam veteran who volunteered to fight for my country and while I was one of the lucky Marines, many of my friends were not. Kneeling during the National Anthem shows a total lack of respect for our Country and every other veteran who has fought for our Country.
More importantly, I want to ask these players if they considered how it must feel to the spouses, the parents, the children, the brothers and sisters and friends of all those who lost their lives serving our country. All they have is the pride of knowing that someone they loved dearly gave his or her life for their country.
It raises the question of why fight for a Country where many of the most gifted and privileged in our midst show such little respect for this country. Perhaps that was not their intent but that is what they’ve done. It’s shameful!
I understand, we have problems, but for one who has been in 64 countries, both rich and poor, I feel so lucky to have been born in the U.S.
By boycotting the NFL perhaps it will get everyone to focus on solving our problems rather than taking away the pride we feel for those who sacrificed so much for this Country!