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Bar owner makes doormat out of Kaepernick, Lynch jerseys

Wow....there's a lot to digest there. Personally I don't have a problem with the football players protesting nor anyone on the opposite side of the argument expressing their opinion. I think you've misconstrued my position and have made several incorrect assumptions.

Now to address your thesis on the Anthem.

"The point is that, when a group of Americans gather, there is no point in NOT lauding the nation. The anthem has everything to do with everything we, as Americans, profess to believe and as a reminder to us that we are enjoying the things we are because of the past trials we have overcome, and the future trials we will encounter."

You don't get to decide the above for all Americans. America itself rarely lives up to what it believes. Crack a history book and the examples are a plenty. The founding fathers were explicit in their distaste of Nationalistic concepts for everyone to feel compelled to unite under one blanket ideology like the Anthem.

If as you say "...when a group of Americans gather, there is no point in NOT lauding the nation." is the criteria we'd never get anything done. Too many groups not enough time and there is no consistency. This is where my point is correct in that the Anthem isn't necessary for ENTERTAINMENT. It's a square peg in a round hole. It's an incredible leap to tie the two together especially when it's selective. It's like the American flag printed on a beer can. There's nothing American about it.

For the rest of your post......it gave me a a headache and was irrelevant to the topic.

September 28, 2017 at 4:19 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bar owner makes doormat out of Kaepernick, Lynch jerseys

What does the Anthem have to do with football? Absolutely nothing. There's no logic to it. One has nothing to do with the other and that alone goes to show that the association simply isn't a good or appropriate fit.

September 28, 2017 at 1:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Bar owner makes doormat out of Kaepernick, Lynch jerseys

Why is the Anthem even sang at a sporting entertainment event anyway? I don't see the purpose.

September 28, 2017 at 11:20 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: McCain’s reminder: War is a shared sacrifice

Another part of the problem is that we're so desensitized to war. We are in a perpetual state. Often times without the consent of the nation. That's what makes McCain statement so tragically ironic.

"Immediately, I was reminded of the wisdom of Army Col. Steve Siegfried’s words to military journalist George Wilson: “Armies don’t fight wars. Countries fight wars. I hope to hell we learned that in Vietnam. (Tragically, we did not.) ... A country fights a war. If it doesn’t, then we shouldn’t send an army.’’ McCain

.....and if the country isn't behind the war and the war isn't waged consistent with the requirements of the constitution then you don't get to go.

Also, I don't buy the line that we should never confuse the the warriors with the war. Their oath is to the constitution which requires a declaration and even then we have to be in immediate danger from an imminent attack. I suppose the exception would be the draft which should be done away with. We are not authorized to nation build, enact regime change, and play police officer of the world. The evidence is overwhelming that we fail miserably at it.

September 19, 2017 at 7:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Americans ignorant about U.S.

What a shame it is that those that go through the naturalization process and take the exam sit by and watch scores of others waltz in unabated.

September 19, 2017 at 6:50 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Americans ignorant about U.S.

I don't have a problem with eliminating the pledge of allegiance all together. The concept is backwards. The nation should pledge allegiance to its citizens not the other way around. The pledge should be voluntary.

September 19, 2017 at 12:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House refuses to debate concealed-carry measure

Every student?

No need to debate. To defend oneself with common means is a right.

April 4, 2017 at 10:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House refuses to debate concealed-carry measure

...and criminals wait for laws to change?

April 4, 2017 at 10:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Kansas House refuses to debate concealed-carry measure

Like it or not Paul.....Kansas overwhelmingly as a constituent body supports this. Don't like it? Leave. If you don't live here then well...be on your marry way.

April 4, 2017 at 10:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Opinion: Finding the cure for health care

"Most advanced countries recognize that public health is a shared social responsibility. For every dollar spent on health care in developed economies, an average of $2 is spent on social services, the Academy report notes. For the U.S., the social-spending figure is a puny 50 cents."

And of those most advanced countries.....do they feel that their national defense is a shared social responsibility too? When you don't have to pay much for your national defense you have money to allocate elsewhere.

Increase the NATO GDP % for participating members AND make the ones underpaying pay...and pay back what they haven't been paying and then see how much they have left for healthcare.

April 3, 2017 at 1:18 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

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