Regarding Gwen Berry, the athlete that turned her back on the anthem. And, yes, I know this will upset some of you. But I don’t care.
It’s called freedom of speech. Freedom of speech doesn’t just apply when the majority of people don’t want you to have freedom of speech. It applies always. Including if someone wants to yell out “fire“ in a crowded theater. (SCOTUS be damned.) That would be a dick move, but that person will probably not be allowed back in again and rightly so.
While I, as a military veteran of three tours overseas, don’t appreciate her actions I can respect them. I put my life on the line for her right to be a dick. That’s called freedom. She wasn’t putting anybody else’s life in danger, so if that’s how she wants to protest then I’m OK with it.
Why is there a national anthem again? Didn’t we get out from under the thumb of the Crown so we could start a new country free from dogmas and superstitions? Why do we have compulsory pledges to a flag in our public schools? (I know why, but do you?)
So, yeah… If she wants to do that, OK. We live in a partly free country. (But that’s something I will be addressing in my book.) But if you’re going to be upset about something, how about we stop bailing out banks, sending our troops overseas to help the banks get more power, stop setting one set of laws for one demographic while the wealthy demographics have a different set of laws, stop having different rules for drug users when cocaine gets you 10% of the time of a crack user, stop sending our troops to VA centers that don’t give a crap about the veterans, etc etc etc.
But yeah, totally be more upset about a US citizen protesting at a fucking game.