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Sitting and kneeling for the national anthem. This is just the tip of the iceberg for a much deeper subject. Sports and politics were never meant to mix. The reason people watch sports is to get away from the politics, so combining the two is going to have some negative consequences.

Sunday, September 24, was an important day. According to USA Today, that day an estimated 204 players took a knee or did not even step on the field for the national anthem. The reason football players play football is because football is what they are good at. They are not good at politics; they are good at football. If they want to be politicians, feel free, but as long as they are football players, their job is to play football. And do not say they are making a statement. If they want to make a statement they can stand in front of the press box and make a statement. I have nothing wrong with players using their position in the public eye to make a statement, but do it at a proper time, at a proper place, not during the national anthem.

Football and politics are very similar. Before a football game is played, everyone knows the rules. You win some games, and you lose some games, but the rules always stay the same. In politics, it is the same way. Everybody knows the rules of our system. If a party loses, they lose, and if they win, they win. Every four years is a new game, with a new chance to win and a new chance to lose. But the rules are the rules, and if a football player does not like the rules, he can feel free to change sports. And for those who do not like the outcome of the election, they can give another form of government a try.

The way America’s democracy is set up, the majority always has control. This means, as a minority, the system says you have no control over the majority. To take a stand against Trump in this way is an attack not only on the patriotism of this country, but also an attack on the system. In four years, there is a chance to change again. If, as a society, America can’t handle it, nearsightedness might do us in for not four years, but forty.

So I conclude this by saying, do what you were good at. If you are good at playing football, play football. If you are a good politician, be a politician. But do not get in everybody else’s way, and damage the patriotism of this country, trying to do something you are not good at.

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