The Kaepernick Incident Now Reaches Our Military

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Everyone knows about self-entitled, misguided, and uninformed San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s actions on the football field. He kneels during the Star Spangled Banner, our national anthem, is played. But his actions have spread like wildfire to the point that it now reaches our military.

He officially began his protest on September 12, 2016 and explained his actions:

Once again, I’m not anti-American. I love America. I love people. That’s why I’m doing this. I want to help make America better. I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from.”

Unfortunately, the “Kaepernick Effect” has spread to other “professional” sports teams. Four Miami Dolphins refused to stand for the national anthem and U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe did also.

Now protests are found in our military. On September 9, 2016, a sailor sat during the national anthem in Pensacola, Florida. Then on September 19, Petty Officer 2nd Class Janaye Ervin decided it was in her best interest to not salute the flag on in an early morning flag-raising ceremony.

The “Kaepernick Effect” is also found in our high schools. Some students sat during the national anthem in Arkansas and an entire football team did so in Seattle, Washington.

But as protests are still growing, our citizens are fighting back against these ridiculous protests.

In a memorable moment, high football player and son of an immigrant, Vita Tonga, stood up when the national anthem was played. This was a challenge because he recently had surgery on his right ACL. But he did it anyway!

And Wesley Baker, a former high school football player, surprised his family when he stood up for the national anthem. He was severly injured in an automobile accident and suffered the loss of one leg as well as brain damage. But he also did it anyway!

Regarding the Miami Dolphins incident, President of the International Union of Police Associations, Jeffrey Bell announced Florida sheriffs officers will not be escorting the Dolphins to their games until they stop their protests.

And U.S Marine Colonel (Ret) Jeffrey A. Powers was disturbed enough to write a defiant letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Gooddell expressing his disgust with his allowing these protests in the NFL to continue. His remarks included:

You condone it all by your refusal to act. You’re just as bad and disgusting as they are. I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applaud those who have not.”

And that has already happened. Breitbart reported on September 28, 2016 that NFL ratings have dropped for the third consecutive week. Virtually everyone can see this will continue until positive actions are taken by the team owners to stop this nonsense.

We active service members and veterans either put our hands over our hearts or salute the flag whenever the Star Spangled Banner is played. It’s called honoring our country for which it stands – which thereby gives these idiots the freedom to disrespect our flag and denigrate our country.

Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]