Kaeper­nick’s ac­tions are those of pa­triot

Yuma Sun - - OPINION -

I love see­ing our flag when I travel abroad be­cause I know Amer­i­cans are there if I need them. I love when I re­turn from abroad see­ing our flag be­cause it means I’m home. I love that our flag can rally us to a cause.

I be­lieve our flag is a sym­bolic rep­re­sen­ta­tion of our Con­sti­tu­tion, our Bill of Rights, and our civil and hu­man rights.

As a veteran I’ve never re­spected cit­i­zens who wrap them­selves in the flag. I do not re­spect cit­i­zens who have no idea of the rights the Con­sti­tu­tion and Bill of Rights guar­an­tee all cit­i­zens and hu­man be­ings.

When an in­di­vid­ual feels the need to protest through the means guar­an­teed by the Con­sti­tu­tion and Bill of Rights and pro­ceeds to do so, I want to know why. By ask­ing about the cause of the protest and lis­ten­ing, I can choose to de­fend or crit­i­cize the po­si­tion. I strongly be­lieve this makes our coun­try bet­ter, stronger and more united.

To those an­gered be­cause some of our cit­i­zens bring at­ten­tion to is­sues that are a mat­ter of life and death af­fect­ing their fam­i­lies and chil­dren’s lives, put your anger on hold.

A foot­ball player chose to bring at­ten­tion to the over­re­ac­tion of po­lice when con­fronting cit­i­zens of di­verse ori­gins. Statis­tics and data bear out this truth. I think this ballplayer is try­ing to save lives. Oth­ers fo­cus on de­fend­ing the flag, the sym­bol, not what it rep­re­sents.

The foot­ball player is bad, not a pa­triot, be­cause he won’t stand and pay al­le­giance to a sym­bol and an an­them. Shame on you they say, leave the coun­try if you don’t like it.

My guess is many of those crit­i­cal of the player are most likely sit­ting on their couch per­haps hav­ing a brew and stuff­ing their face dur­ing the an­them and flag dis­play at game time. Why aren’t you on your feet with your hand over your heart like a real pa­triot? Hmmm, maybe re­spect only ap­plies if you’re in the sta­dium or on the field.

Per­son­ally, I ap­plaud Mr. Kaeper­nick for tak­ing a stand to bring at­ten­tion to a sit­u­a­tion that is neg­a­tively im­pact­ing our coun­try. He is do­ing what a pa­triot should do. I’m con­fi­dent Mr. Kaeper­nick’s no­ble mo­ti­va­tion is to save lives and im­prove the hu­man con­di­tion for all Amer­i­cans. AR­MANDO C. URIBE Yuma

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