To the Editor,
Much has been said, too much actually, about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Some say it is disrespecting. Some say it is bringing attention to a real wrong social characteristic of our modern life. Many will use the condemnation of the protests to bolster their own patriotism. Others will relish in the fact that we live in a country where we can still protest freely of our own volition and design. Yet both are freedoms to be enacted only by the want of individual desire and necessity. And that is our private business as a free citizen to act within the constitutional definition of such, not one of societal demands, false patriotic opportunism or even presidential decree.
One has to question if the continuence of the debate is only for the purpose of the need to stretch the political canvass to have someplace to find identity and reaffirmation of one's patriotism. Or is it a place where our actions can illustrate the freedoms guaranteed? Or is it simply the want to compare the depth of our patriotism to that of another?
It doesn't matter how another respects or disrespects our country and its symbols or rituals. It only matters how we personally do it. The disingenuous condition of using another to define our own patriotism. The consumed versus the organic. Oh well, tis America.
Alan Fox, Waxahachie