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Protesting Patriotism - Columns by Vasu
The last year has been a show of some form of protest mainly with the NFL players. First and foremost, everyone has a right to protest. No matter the cause, gripe, issue, statement or whatever we don’t like, democracy (the oldest) allows us to express our displeasure to the act that we believe that is not defending the equal rights to everyone. Democracy and freedom of speech go hand in hand, and it’s given to every citizen in the USA.
I like my team. The Chicago bears. They have not won anything good in a generation, but I still wear my bears shirt and watch or listen to every game, and even pregame and post-game commentary. I don’t understand any of the analysis, except my team constantly is in the loss column. We pay hundreds of millions to players, and they are worthless in delivering wins to Chicago, but I still love them, they are my football team, as they are to all Chicagoans. I love all our teams, Bears, Cubs, Sox, Blackhawks, Bulls and any team that represents our city. Their losses don’t matter as in my life time, they have all been champions, and one or the other make the city proud and smile. After all this is the city where Michael Jordan played, and what more can I ask for. This city is where Harry Carry announced every day for the Cubs, and who really cared if they won? (I did, but was a fan even when they lost every day). But I am also a citizen, and I love my country. Every time national anthem plays I stand and wait until it is done. Whenever I see a flag, I see it with pride. I am an immigrant, nevertheless a proud and good citizen, who respect the nation and its citizenry. As much as I love my teams, my loyalty to the nation comes before my love for the local teams, and while my heart is always with my local team/s, my love for the democracy is of greater value to me as a common man.
When I see the huge deal being made from the cause and disrespect, why not these overrated, over paid guys protest by not playing a game or a season (give up the inflated paychecks), or spend all their paychecks in supporting the cause they support. It’s not good to alienate or disrespect the law, and it is equally stupid to disrespect the national flag, anthem and the citizens, and not taking a pay cut or using their wages to fund the cause or educating the nations about the root cause for their protest.
I am only one of the citizens and I am sure the nation looks at these payers with dismay when they disrespect the nation and the viewers, who all support the right to protest. The forum is not where a few guys get paid huge amount of money and show no respect for the viewers, and have no intention of foregoing their inflated paycheck to protest, but insult the viewers.
All those players who protest or wanting to protest. Please do it, but at your own cost and time. The challenge is for you to show that you not only respect the public that supports you and your team, but you really mean to help your cause by stop playing or using your pay check (all of it) to help support your cause, then you are not just a good citizen but also a true protestor.
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