I don’t care what Steve Largent says, I hope the Seahawks team does what they feel is right…

It is big news in Seattle this week that the Seahawks might not standing during the national anthem — as a team.  Steve Largent, the legendary receiver, spoke out against that, saying the National Anthem is not the right place to make a point.  Honestly, I don’t want Steve Largent’s opinion — he was a football player I loved to watch but also a politician and known as a conservative, which means he is is not exactly unbiased.  But more than that: Just when is the right venue to make a stance against something you feel is wrong?  Writing a letter to the editor?  Wearing a button?  Posting on facebook?  Will these truly make a difference?  No!  Here are these players, who are in the midst of the only time in their lives when society deems the relevant, who want to use that stage to stand up for what they think is right, and doing it during the national anthem is a powerful time for being heard, for making sure a topic is being discussed.  But it is not that I am for sullying the anthem — to me, what is important, is that in America we have the right to protest the anthem if we want to.  *That* is liberty.  If as a society we bully people into falling in line during the anthem, if we enforce the anthem, than we are no better than North Korea.  If that happens, if we enforce the anthem, I will be very scared.

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I don’t care what Steve Largent says, I hope the Seahawks team does what they feel is right…

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