NFL players are free to exercise their rights
Regarding your recent editorial, “In Trump vs. the NFL, the contest isn’t even close”: Founding Fathers James Madison and John Adams articulated an important cornerstone of America’s national identity, concisely warning us against the “tyranny of the majority.” To that point, the NFL players, by kneeling during the anthem, were exercising their unassailable civil, constitutional right to express a minority cause, in a republic where the First Amendment protects fullthroated political beliefs.
The most respectful way to honor our nation, our flag, and our military is never to choke off the First Amendment by summarily disallowing minority opinions. In an enlightened republic, ideas are king; ideas should not be feared. If an idea or cause is deemed wrong — even profoundly disagreeable — one has the same First Amendment right to counter that idea with counterclaims supported by sound facts and rigorous logic, framed articulately, knowledgeably, and powerfully, yet with an open-minded civility.
Censorship is a thin veil behind which opponents unconvincingly retreat to their comfort zones.
KEITH TIDMAN. B MD.