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Right off the bat, I agree with Colin’s right to protest and the reason he was protesting. I don’t agree with his choice of where and when he protested (During the National Anthem). Having said that, the men and women who fought and died to protect our freedoms, did so to secure those freedoms. They did not put themselves in harms way or die to protect our flag. Among those freedoms, the Constitution gives us the right to freedom of speech and the right to peacefully assemble (protest). Colin’s choice of where and when to protest is also protected. For those of you who are outraged by Colin protesting during the National  Anthem, ask yourself this, if you saw someone on the street desecrating our flag or our National Anthem, would you risk your life to stop them? I wouldn’t try to stop them because our Constitution gives them the right to do so. After all, it’s just a piece of cloth. Our freedom is much more. Freedom is precious and is the life blood of our democracy. You can’t touch freedom, but without it, democracy cannot exist. Democracy will still survive if we run out of flags.

Many people are losing sight of the big picture. Colin was protesting the murder of unarmed men, women, and children of color by certain policemen who shouldn’t qualify as dogcatchers. It was Trump that said Colin was protesting the flag. That was just another of his many lies. Honestly, I don’t know why anyone is still taking him seriously. Ask yourself, what should bring the biggest outrage, desecrating the flag and National Anthem, or murdering innocent people? Colin never said all cops are pigs, and he never said anything to desecrate or diminish the importance of our flag. NIKE understands which is more important. They recognized that Colin sacrificed his career to bring attention to this horrible blight on our country. If you are still more outraged by someone desecrating the flag than the murder of innocent people, your outrage is severely misplaced. A single human being’s life will always be more sacred than an idea or a piece of cloth. Please reconsider your priorities of what is truly important.

DEMOCRACY GONE WRONG

You don’t have to know a person completely to get a sense of whether you can trust them or not. Initially, you use your observation to make your decision. If a person is clearly exaggerating their importance, lying, mocking a person’s religion, and demeaning people based on race, most people would not want to associate with that person. Further, if that same person was sympathetic to world leaders who have horrible records with respect to human rights, eliminates all independent news sources, discourages free speech, and imprison or murders political opponents, you would call that person a dictator. Donald Trump wants to imprison and mute anyone who has a different view from his. As for the other traits mentioned, Trump does all of them on a daily basis except murder.

So if you aren’t willing to hang around the guy next door who has those bad character traits, why would you want to keep Donald Trump around? Also, why would you want to keep his best people around either. In less than two years, a lot of Trump’s “best people” have either quit, been fired, indicted for crimes and lying, plead guilty to crimes, and have been sent to jail. There are simply too many people that fall under these bad character traits. A list which includes most of the House and Senate Republicans. Those politicians are doing nothing to prevent Trump from deconstructing our Democracy. Now if all those people around Trump are of dubious character, Trump is either turning a blind eye to them, or he is complicit with their behavior, and may be orchestrating that behavior.

Trump and the Republican Party consistently ignore the rule of law by allowing Congress to enable Trump to keep his businesses intact, refuses to release Trump’s taxes, and taking children from their mothers at the southern border. They have removed consumer protections which now allow banks to resume their predatory lending habits for homes, credit cards, personal loans, and online universities.  Environment regulations are being systematically removed  which makes it easier for corporations to pollute our air, water, and land just so they could increase their profit margins. With regard to foreign policy, Republicans are calling NATO obsolete, pulling out of the Paris Agreement and the Iran Nuclear Agreement, and belittling our allies in Canada, Germany, and the UK etc., the net effect is to destabilize world governments which makes the path to war more likely.

Republican voters, you have to realize that yes, you are getting some of the things you voted for, but at what price? At what point do the negative things your party is obviously doing out weigh the positive things. What will you do if we lose freedom of the press, free speech, we have a polluted environment, the gap between the haves and have nots continues to get bigger, and we are plunged into another war because our natural alliances have been weakened if we are alone in the world. Is a booming economy for the rich, worth the weakening of our Democracy? How much better is your life and financial status than it was two years ago before Trump took office? If you can’t see a significant difference in your life now, then your vote didn’t make America great again, it made the rich richer again. So FOCUS!!!! If your life is not significantly better than 2 years ago, and you’d rather have a strong Democracy than a booming economy, then you must vote Republicans out of office in November. You can say a lot about Democrats, but they are truly concerned about the equality of every American. For Democrats, people are more important than money. They haven’t promoted fiscal responsibility as much as Republicans, but Obama did much better with the economy than Bush. After Obama fixed Bush’s mess, Trump just took over an economy that was on cruise control. Trump said the economy is booming because of him alone. Really? That’s his biggest lie. If you want to put your faith in Trump, a man who lies everyday, then you are truly brainwashed. Our country deserves better. Vote Democratic in November.

DEMOCRACY

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