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Oh Say Can You Say “Distracted”

Todd Pittenger - August 30, 2016 6:43 am

A football player refuses to stand for the national anthem, instead choosing to sit alone on the bench to quietly protest what he sees as injustice in America. And the world as we know it loses its mind.

My social media feeds have been blowing up, and it’s been trending in the news since Saturday when the story first started to break.

A majority of my friends are outraged by this. Some contend that at a minimum the player should be penalized by his team or the league, and others go as far as saying he should be deported. Conversely there are a select few who support what he is doing.

One thing this story is doing, at least temporarily, is serving as a distraction.

Instead of nationally being focused on a presidential race where two terrible human beings, each trying to label the other as the biggest racist, are the two leading contenders, rather we are debating whether an athlete should be forced to stand up during the national anthem.

Across Kansas our elected leaders in their infinite wisdom stubbornly refuse to fix a tax plan that isn’t working, and instead balance the budget on the backs of our schools. Just Monday the library at Kansas State University announced big changes, staying open fewer hours and cutting staff. But we are debating whether a football player, who never graduated from college, has the right to sit instead of stand while the national anthem is sung.

Locally as we spend money to build on to our schools to make beautiful new classrooms, each year we have fewer teachers and out of control class sizes. Instead of someone taking a stand about this, we are more concerned about an athlete with a multi-million dollar contract taking a stand.

Perhaps the biggest winner in all of this is Ryan Lochte. Does anyone remember anything about a swimmer who was recently in the news?


Doug Clemens

September 5, 2016 at 11:34 pm

Hey Todd its because of people like yourself with stinkin thinkin. First of all Colin should be told to stand. Some say it all has to do with freedom of speech. Many of us say it is pure disrespect to our flag and country. Freedom of speech is only available to him because of the fathers, sons and daughters who have died to give this person to have that right but not the right to disrespect the flag which they died for. You then bring in Trump and Hillary but the only one who will clean up Washington is Trump. Evidently you are a politically correct type of guy not the tell it like it is guys that got this country where it is today. How many of those serving in Topeka did you vote for to be there and cause all these problems? As to the football player Colin there are people donating to a fund to pay whatever player on any team that ends his career. Now that would be justice. If he is so worried about the black race he should get off his butt and put a stop to all the blacks killing blacks far more than any cop killing blacks. Further he should give up his playing football and become a police officer and let him see first hand what goes on in those black slums both to black and white officers. Before protesting shamefully he should experience first hand what is going on all over this country.

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