America will never be a monarchy!
The reasons we fought, to gain freedom from monarchies across the ocean, have been explained throughout history.
Monarchies are kaputt! There are history books, schoolbooks, movies, and television shows, greatly depicting the times of our Revolution, and Independence.
“A little rebellion now and then is a good thing and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to James Madison, Jan. 30, 1787
Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s originators, and the writer of our Declaration of Independence, spoke clearly of the rights of the people in America to rebel when things are amiss, or awry in the political world.
To further his comment, in no way did he, or anyone else from that time, state that we must adhere to a song, or a flag, or one belief pushed upon society, as often occurred during the monarchies from which they had escaped, in England.
Freedom of Speech
Just how important was the freedom of speech, the right to say what you want about our government or nation, and the right to express that opinion in any non-harmful physical manner, to our Founding Fathers?
They spent hours to decide it must be made the first amendment, if you have forgotten. It’s not the second amendment or the third, but the first, and most important amendment, that is truthfully the basis of all other amendments.
When we tell athletes, children, parents, or anyone in society what they must and must not do in reference to their feelings about our government, we are becoming a monarchy and begin to represent the demagoguery of a royal ruler, from which we escaped, over 300 years ago.
Aren’t we then, stomping upon the whole reason for which we fought to preserve the American way?
Whether you like it or not, America is a free country. Yes, that also means it is free for you to voice your opinion, in opposition of those that kneel for a song, or a flag, that for most of us represents the very freedom we have.
However, a free opinion, may hypocritically protect material items and instilled-hatred and racism, instead of standing for the rights of American citizens to voice their feelings and opinions, through words and actions.
Sure, you have the freedom to hate these people for what they are doing, but it sure doesn’t mean you are right, or even respectable yourself, for doing so.
What is more important to you? Defending a song, a flag, or defending your own right to your own opinion?
Ah, that slippery slope of our first amendment, which is constantly battled over, in America’s court system..
What do the Founding Fathers say?
I hardly find it possible, that our Founding Fathers wrote the first amendment only to be applicable to some situations, and not to others. That would make the amendment implausible, and contradictory.
You may consider our flag and our national anthem to be symbols of our great nation. However, you must look deeper than their just being symbols of the nation you live in.
They are much more than that! They are symbols of our rights and freedoms as the Constitution clearly lies out for all citizens of America!
The very fact that a man, a team, or a whole group such as the entire NFL can kneel during America’s anthem, because they want to bring attention to the clear and still present danger of racism, and judging of others, is a great and perfect example of why America is so incredible.
They’re allowed to do what they are doing, because they’re given the American right to do so!
By being the person who says that these players can “F — off”, or go to another country, or quit, or “die” as I’ve seen some truly disturbed people write, you are becoming the very dictatorship we escaped hundreds of years ago, and wiped out in WWII.
Do I, and many others like me, who do support the players rights to kneel, love our country, our flag, and our anthem? Absolutely, without a doubt!
I recently have come to love America even more, after living abroad for a short term, for the second time in my life. America is truly the land of the free, and the home of the brave, and warriors fight for our right to freedom every day.
Spreading freedom around the world
When you fight and war against your fellow citizens for voicing or showing their concerns, you are really warring against our nation’s soldiers and what they fight for.
In fact, you are insulting our nation’s Constitution and what our military fights for, all over the world!
One might suggest to those who think their Americanism, or their patriotism is more important than the United States Constitution, to go try and live in another country, for just 3 months.
I’d like to see how quickly you rush back on a plane to America, kiss the ground you walk on, and wish good luck to those that want to kneel during a song, to prove a more important point — the fact that racism has never stopped or died in our society, as of yet.
There are those, who call people like me, troublemakers — just looking to stir up controversy, that isn’t there.
I say to those manipulating fascists, that your apparent blindness to reality, helps facilitate the great challenge in respecting all citizens’ right to freedom, and the chance to be successful…across all cultures, races, religions, and beliefs, in America.
That is why people who speak out like me, must do so!
This is everyone’s problem
Although, this is mainly a white-man’s issue across the globe, racism is an interracial problem, as well. All races in America have some racist tendencies toward one another.
My concerns, beliefs, and articles are not directed at one population of society or another, but at all of society. There are racists in every facet of human identity, and this way of thinking on all parts has got to stop!
Aren’t Colin Kaepernick and “Hollywood” stars just being American?
Kneeling, to make a point there is a divide in our country, and in our policing, is really, just one thing that makes America great! Instead of hating these athletes, we should be thanking them for taking a stance against hatred, and for showing society the strength of our Constitutional rights!
We must also take a look at the argument that is constantly thrown out there in social media by many; that is the constant turmoil over famous actors, scientists, media, or sports giants giving their personal opinions on a stage for many to hear.
Why is this such a problem for some Americans?
We can simply argue that these famous folks have the same constitutional rights as the rest of us. More importantly, they have the chance to inspire important changes, due to their social statuses.
We should be looking to these people to voice our opinions, because the rest of us sure don’t have the soap box to step up on, and impress our feelings and voices freely, to the world.
But these famous people are no less graced with the right to speak, as any one of us are, within regular society. They just have, the opportunity to do so, and how many of us would jump right up there with them if we had the chance?
Bea social media warrior!
In fact, many of us do, every day on Facebook and Twitter. We do just that. So again, why shouldn’t famous people be able to?
When I hear news people and ordinary citizens online, harping against these famous speakers having an opinion, I continue to think about the hypocrisy, we fled Britain to get away from.
Next time you see that religious guy shouting on the street corner, or that athlete kneeling on the field, or the protester marching in front of their job, you should really smile, and say to yourself, ”thank Heaven, I live in America, where I, also, have the right to voice my opinion, whether it is right or wrong.”
Respect one another. Ease up and try to be more understanding of others. Peace and globalization are the only way humans are going to survive the future.
As the great leader Martin Luther King Jr stated….
“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed”.
1st appeared on Medium: by Colin Bruce Munro Wood