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Thank you for your response. I, also, do not consider them heros. I do see people trying to shed a spotlight on the acts perpetrated against their race by law enforcement. My people get a lot of the same type of profiling. That, is what the kneeling is about.

Nowadays, a man carrying a gun and confronting someone after he has already killed 28 people is considered a hero. I see it as too little, too late. Because a man wears a cop uniform or is a firefighter, they are automatically considered heros. My idea of heroism has nothing to do with a uniform, such as the men you spoke of that recieved a Medal of Honor...those are men that strove beyond the call of duty and true heros.

Kapernick, who started this whole kneeling thing is not and was not, one of my favorite people, but, I commend him for sticking to his principles in the face of overwhelming odds. Is he a hero? Let history decide that as Rosa Parks was judged when she said her defiance was only being too tired to have to move to the back of the bus. Because you don't understand why these men do these things, doesn't make them any less "men", just because they're young men.

Heros are a dime a dozen these days; so are "men"! But I can respect a "man" that takes a stand based on principle, not ego!

posted by JessieE on November 8, 2017 at 7:24 PM | link to this | reply

thanks for that several members of my family have been in more than one branch of service

posted by Annicita on November 8, 2017 at 2:52 PM | link to this | reply

Whoops -- that's thank you, not thak you....

posted by strat on November 8, 2017 at 11:53 AM | link to this | reply


Hi Jessie -- welcome to the Riffs Room and thanks for your comments and insights -- and thak you for your service!

Just to make myself clear, I do, in fact, know that those who serve do so to serve and protect and defend the constitution of the U.S.  -- and I greatly cherish and appreciate that fact. In my post I do not in any way dispute that nor do I wish to give the impression that I do. 

However, I do state that, in my opinion, a man-child taking a knee during the national anthem is not a hero. I am not offended that some choose to do that -- I just see nothing heroic about it.





posted by strat on November 8, 2017 at 11:52 AM | link to this | reply


Hi, CCT -- yep, no doubt about that!

posted by strat on November 8, 2017 at 11:27 AM | link to this | reply

Re: strat

Hi RPresta, thanks!

posted by strat on November 8, 2017 at 11:27 AM | link to this | reply

Newsflash! I served in the Marines so that a man-child could take a knee to protest the injustice done to many. It has nothing to do with the flag but I'm gonna keep repeating this til people freaking get it. See the first amendment! When we take the Oath of Enlistment, nowhere does it mention the flag or the anthem! It does, however, mention defending the Constitution, ahead of obeying the president's orders, which I find quite telling. The Constitution is the living document that first and foremost gave these "children" the right to protest. Glad you got to know some of these truly brave men, but maybe delve deeper into why they are asked to defend a parchment centuries old.

posted by JessieE on November 8, 2017 at 8:53 AM | link to this | reply

They deserve all they sometimes get poor old Gurkhas have not done so well in the past.

posted by C_C_T on November 8, 2017 at 7:16 AM | link to this | reply


A beautiful tribute and a beautiful post. Yes, we must remember all of those who served with pride and a sense of duty. I believe something will be coming out next year about Medal of Honorees. Regardless, those who serve/d deserve our honor. And please, let us not forget those who serve/d in a civilian capacity. Thank you. 

posted by Sea_Gypsy on November 7, 2017 at 10:22 AM | link to this | reply

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