I am not a fan of sports, especially professional sports. I feel these players are celebrities in the eyes of many. So many look up to these pros, especially kids.

Now hang on, I am going to rant here, so you have the choice right now to stop reading and click off.

We have here in the US over 130 NFL players that go down to their one knee and refuse to stand for the National Anthem. We have a team that wouldn’t even come out of the locker room for the National Anthem.

And…I jumped to judgment and conclusion by listening to the media around all of this. I want to state something here: the one knee is in protest of police brutality. Read a snippet here.

There is so much finger-pointing and controversy going on today. These players are stating why stand to our nation’s flag when people are getting away with murder? However, hasn’t there always been murder going on in this country and world? War is a form of murder, so is hate and prejudice, isn’t it? And hasn’t the Catholic Church been doing a lot of kneeling over the years? Who made the law or rule that we must stand to our flag? Is that a sign of respect? And if so, why isn’t kneeling? And if this is so important, why did the National Anthem get removed from public schools?

I was raised Catholic, and we knelt to God in prayer… on both knees. So what is it here? America, the land of the free and brave, the country of freedom of speech, but you must abide by the rules before you speak your freedom of speech? If not you are a disrespectful person, and you must be fired?

Our President said something inappropriate. I believe a lot of our Presidents say things, they just keep those comments and thoughts behind closed doors (that doesn’t make it right, but it happened, I’m sure). Yes, a lot of our Presidents did things that went against the sacred vows of marriage, the sacred vows of the upstanding the law as being a President of a huge country.  But does protesting against the country help?

We want change, we don’t like this or that and so on, but when we REACT to others opinions, comments and beliefs we are not leading change. Stand strong in your belief, stay grounded into your bold voice.

Yes, police brutality is rising, so are a lot of other things especially in the world of Internet where stories are blown up at an all-time rate of nanoseconds. Seriously folks. Blown out of proportion, one-sided, opinions and pounded into our heads from so many different avenues. TV, social media, radio, and yes, conversations on the street. We are inundated. What started as a protest against brutality and hatred has, in my opinion, led us towards more anger and more hatred.

We all need to start thinking of the bigger picture here. Kneel or stand, it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, our country is our country. Be a proud American, no matter what. If this isn’t an option, then I suggest you begin by counting your blessings.

The hate needs to stop! The destruction of relationships because of opinions and beliefs need to change.

Just because someone doesn’t see things YOUR WAY, doesn’t mean we can’t listen and learn something from them.

Just a reminder what our National Anthem is:

Oh, say can you see,
By the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed,
At the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars,
Through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched,
Were so gallantly streaming.
And the rocket’s red glare,
The bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night,
That our flag was still there.
Oh say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
For the land of the free, and the home of the brave.

I don’t agree with a lot of what is going on in the United States. This is the home of the brave. This is not a place where we nurture hatred. Regardless of whether you like our President or whether someone chooses to kneel or stand.

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I stand tall and strong.