I had been toying with the idea of writing my opinions on this taking a knee or sitting during the National Anthem when it was brought out in the media by Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers during the pre-season back in August. I had kept saying no to myself because of the political nature of it. Politics have gotten to be such a sore subject during the last 3 Presidential Elections. However, after Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sat on the bench during the National Anthem on Sunday, November 13th, I reconsidered this blog post.
This home game for the Bucs was #SalutetoService to honor US Military Veterans. My own Captain was in attendance. He was so disgusted and angry about this that he went directly to the Buccaneers box office demanded a refund. The Buccaneers Ticket Office denied his request. He also was not given any contact information for The Glazers which are the owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Tampa Bay community has had problems filling Raymond James Stadium for years due to poor performance by the NFL team for the past few seasons. It has gotten to a point that opposing teams fill the seats more than home team fans. You would think The Glazer Family would do everything in their power not further disappoint the community so that they can fill the stadium on Sundays.
I find out on the news that Mike Evans has since apologized and stated he will no longer sit on the bench during the National Anthem. He did vow to further show his disapproval of the Presidential Election results by looking into organizations in which follow his beliefs. That is all fine and dandy, but one tidbit that I found particularly interesting is that Mike Evans did not vote in the election. Also, Colin Kaepernick did not vote in the election. I am sorry but those who did not do their civic duty and vote really do not have the right to complain about the results. This rioting and protests that have been occurring since the November 8th win by President Elect Trump just further shows that this country is totally divided. This division of the country has come about during the Obama Administration aided by the Liberal Media and political activists.
For NFL players and other professional athletes that make millions of dollars in salaries need to do some good with that money instead of teaching protests are the only way. Also, be positive role models to these at risk youth so they know they learn and can grow. Professional athletes are looked to with eyes open wide by youth at impressionable ages. With that fame comes responsibility which most take for granted. Why not put that money to use by funding education initiatives in the inner cities to help educate at risk youth? Why not spend some of the money to help clean up housing projects? Why not actually go and volunteer time with Big Brothers Big Sisters to be positive role models? Why not use social media to help show the youth those organizations out there to help them with their issues?
I understand that the Democrats are upset about the election. Heck, the Republicans were upset in 2008 and 2012 but no riots occurred. The same old politics has not worked lately. Why not try something new? If that doesn’t work then use your power to vote in 2020. What a lot of folks are upset about is that their entitlements might be changed. We cannot end up like Greece where more people were on entitlements rather than those that were working to give those people entitlements. Great Britain is venturing into new territory by the Brexit vote. America is venturing into a new era by a billionaire becoming President. Back when President Ronald Regan ran for President, the scuttlebutt was how this Hollywood actor can know anything about running a country. Look how well that turned out.
It is time that “We the People” need to come together not as Democrats or Republicans but come together as Americans to move our nation forward as the United States of America. We are all citizens of this country so start acting like it. Our country was founded by a melting pot of people from all over. It is time to remember that. Stop trying to turn our country into something that it isn’t. Everyone has a right to their opinions. Those opinions may be different then your own. Get over it. We are individuals and not going to agree with everything. Put down the Kool Aid fed to you by the Liberal Media and actually research issues to know the whole truth. You are not given the entirety of the facts by the Liberal Media. Educating yourself may end up freeing your worries or lead you to a way to help your strongly held beliefs.
What I find kind of funny was so many musicians, actors and athletes all vowed to leave the country if Donald Trump won the election and so far no one has left. Well, sorry but that furthers my thoughts that some of you are total Kool Aid drinkers. Also failure to act on those vows shows that you are not a person of your word. Therefore you have lost my respect. Those athletes that kneel or sit during the National Anthems also have lost my respect. Do not read into this that I am against a woman being in the White House. I am all for that but it needs to be the right woman. These views are totally of my own accord. I am a registered voter but affiliated with neither Democrats nor Republicans. I vote for whom I feel is better for the job.