A U.S. Olympic athlete kneeled during the anthem and now he’s about to pay terrible consequences

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Ever since Colin Kaepernick did it, radical Left-wing athletes have been kneeling during the national anthem to demonstrate how “woke” they are.

But now they are starting to pay the consequences.

And this U.S. Olympic athlete took a knee during the national anthem and his career could be going down in flames.

Colin Kaepernick claimed he originally took a knee to protest police brutality.

But as time went on, it became evident that Kaepernick just took a knee because he despises America.

Thanks to him, kneeling during the anthem is a popular trend among Left-wing activists on the field.

In this case, these two Olympic athletes are now paying big time for taking a knee.

After they took a knee, the Olympic Committee put the two under probation for the tasteless protest.

The Daily Caller reports:

The head of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee has put fencer Race Imboden and hammer thrower Gwen Berry on probation for their political protests at the Pan-American Games.

The letters of reprimand, sent Tuesday, chastise Imboden for kneeling and Berry for making a defiant fist during the playing of the national anthem during medal ceremonies, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Although the two are still eligible to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the reprimand suggests that continued political protests by the two or other U.S. athletes will not be tolerated.

“It is also important for me to point out that, going forward, issuing a reprimand to other athletes in a similar instance is insufficient,” wrote Chief Executive of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Sarah Hirshland.

These athletes never thought they would be punished for protesting the national anthem while playing for the U.S. in the Olympics.

The audacity to kneel during the national anthem while representing the United States on the world stage is absurd.

These athletes should be honored to play for the United States.

Instead, they are squandering the opportunity in order to score a few points with radical Leftists.

What do you think?

Should athletes be put on probation when they kneel during the national anthem? Or even fired from the team?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  2. I’m not a Christian, nor a member of any of the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), nor the Baha’i faith.

    I had a secular upbringing.

    My friend Greg , a gay Catholic, influenced by his older sister Claire, a born again Christian, used to preach to me in high school about the second coming of Jesus and the Rapture, and he first got me interested in religion and politics.

    As high school seniors, when I decided I felt uncomfortable going along with the Pledge of Allegiance every morning, Greg would say lightheartedly, “Salute the flag, commie!”

    I commented to Greg that nationalistic sayings like “God Bless America” exclude everyone else on the planet! It’s like saying, “God bless white people.”

    Does God love only some and not others?

    When I told Greg on one occasion that I would salute a United Nations flag, as more inclusive, Greg pointed out that not all nations on earth belong to the United Nations.

    “One Planet, One People…Please!” reads a Baha’i bumper sticker.

    Upon graduating from high school in 1981, however, I was slightly irked when one of the speakers referred to “Jesus Christ” during our graduation ceremonies.

    Greg understood my feelings in this regard (remember “do unto others…”?) , but said that as a Christian, he was glad the reference to God was included.

    In 2002, however, in the Newdow case, when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, Greg and I both agreed the ruling, based on church-state separation, was correct!

    Senator Tom Daschle (D- South Dakota) called the decision “nuts”, and all the members of Congress made a public display of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with the words “under God” in protest.

    “Those hypocrites!” exclaimed Rose Evans, a pro-life Episcopalian, and editor and publisher of Harmony: Voices for a Just Future, a “consistent-ethic” periodical on the religious left.

    Rose accepted written submissions from people of all faiths and those of no faith for her periodical, including atheists like Nat Hentoff and Jen Roth, Hindu spiritual masters like Eknath Eswaran and Buddhist spiritual masters like Thich Nat Hanh and the Dalai Lama.

    Rose felt Congress should address serious concerns.

  3. Beyond nationalistic fervor, what are the ideals the flag itself represents? Freedom of speech (which includes the freedom to burn the flag), freedom of the press, freedom of religion. I once asked Fouad (the half-Russian and half-Indonesian study partner of my friend Chris when Chris and I were roommates in college), about his impressions of America, as Fouad and his family defected from the former Soviet Union in 1979 while Fouad was still in high school.

    Fouad spoke glowingly about the wealth and standard of living in the United States, and not a word about the ideals and political freedoms upon which this country was founded: freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, etc.

    “America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense… human rights invented America.” — Jimmy Carter

    “I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service.” — John Kerry

    Volitaire once said, “I might not like what you say, but I will defend your right to say it…”

    I’m a Hindu, not a Muslim, and of East Indian descent, but because of my complexion, I’ve been mistaken for being Lebanese, Iranian, Samoan — everything but East Indian.

    This was especially trying during 1979 – 81, when the Iranian hostage crisis was taking place. My brother and I were often mistaken for being Iranian, and had to face the anti-Iranian sentiments which were widespread among the American people at the time.

    The irony, of course, is that we had a secular education in the American public school system. My mom even commented at the time that Khomeini was taking Iran into the Middle Ages by mixing religion and politics.

    A few years later, in 1983, myself and a few friends whom I’d known since high school went from San Diego to Los Angeles, to visit my friend Greg at UCLA.

    We spent the weekend at Greg’s place in UCLA, and the subject of prejudice on the part of Americans came up as we talked politics.

    Greg took my side first, by bringing up the kind of hostility anyone even perceived to be “Iranian” was forced to endure during the hostage crisis.

    A friend of Greg’s at UCLA was sympathetic, but said the Iranian students protesting in this country were indirectly “asking for” trouble and were the ones who “provoked” the kind of response they received, by deliberately shouting anti-American slogans, etc.

    He compared it to wearing a swastika in a Jewish neighborhood.

    I could see his point, and although I agree that both flag-burning and Koran-burning have a right to exist under the First Amendment, engaging in these activities is only going to elicit a hostile response.

    If not here, then in other parts of the world!

    During the Cold War, in the McCarthy era, we inadvertently curtailed freedoms in this country in the name of national security. In so doing, we became more like (at least as far as privacy and civil liberties are concerned) the totalitarian states we were supposedly at odds with!

    As Glen Greenwald points out, radical Islam hates us because of our freedoms. Stifling dissent brings this country down to the level of the terrorist states we claim to oppose.

  4. Journalist Rob Boston writes in his 2003 book, Why the Religious Right is Wrong About Separation of Church and State:

    “Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in earthly allegiances. Their only duty, they say, is to God. They do not participate in secular government. They will not hold office or vote in elections. Also, they steadfastly refuse to recite oaths of any kind — including the Pledge of Allegiance — or salute the flag.

    “Saluting flags, they say, is a form of idolatry.

    “In 1940 the United States was on the brink of entering World War II, and a heightened sense of patriotism ran the the population. Many states had laws mandating the reciation of the Pledge of Allegiance and flag salute every day in public schools. Children of Jehovah’s Witnesses, who refused to participate in the exercises, were frequently expelled from school or otherwise punished.

    “Although their timing could not have been worse, the Witnesses took the pledge matter into federal court in the late 1930s. In 1940 the Supreme Court issued one of its wrst church-state opinions ever and held by an 8-1 vote that a Pennsylvania law requiring recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools was constitutional…

    “The High Court’s ruling..was followed by an outbreak of violence against Jehovah’s Witnessess across the country…What followed is one of the darkest and most disgraceful periods in American church-state history.

    “In Richwood, Virginia, the chief of police rounded up a group of Jehovah’s Witnesses, forced them to drink castor oil and paraded them through the streets before running them out of town. In Jackson,, Mississippi, members of a local veteran’s organization attacked a trailer park where many Witnesses were known to live and drove several from their homes.

    “The list gets worse: A Witness in Nebraska was lured away from his house and castrated by a mob. In Rockville, Maryland, local police assisted a marauding crowd that attacked a Witness church (called a Kingdom Hall) to break up a church meeting. In Kennebunk, Maine, an unruly mob charged the local Kingdom Hall and set it on fire, burning it to the ground…

    “By 1943 the Supreme Court had realized its mistake… The High Court accepted a new case dealing with mandatory flag salutes in public schools…and issued a decision strongly upholding relgious freedom…

    “Sadly, many Americans apparently do not agree with that reasoning. During the 1988 presidential race, George Bush attacked Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis because Dukakis, as governor of Massachusetts, had in 1977 vetoed a bill requiring recitation of the Pledge in the state’s public schools. Dukakis, pointing to the Barnette ruling, noted that the measure was clearly unconstitutional.

    “In the resulting furor, Bush accused Dukakis of being opposed to the Pledge, and one opinion poll showed a majority of Americans favoring mandatory recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools, even if some religious groups or individuals object.

    “Similarly, a number of states passed or tried to pass laws mandating recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance after the horrific terrorist attack of September11, 2001. In Minnesota, Govenor Jesse Ventura was criticized for vetoing one of those bills. Defending his action, Ventura pointed out that the law was clearly unconstitutional.”

  5. And your point? Shut up already! If you don’t have any national pride in America, then do us all a favor and quit taking up space here!! ????????????
    Go find a communist nation you can be part of and MOVE THERE!

  6. This moron tries to come off as a person of great knowledge and experience. He still doesn’t understand that comments mean a summarized, version of your point of view, which erases the knowledge and experience mentioned earlier.
    I think he/she is just attempting to accomplish something in the basement of his elderly mothers house. What I do not know as all his/her posts make no point, other than his/her lack of intelligence, while displaying his/her proficiency in copying and pasting.

  7. Exactly what punishment did they receive? This was less than a slap on the wrist. It was a PR move by the Committee, put out just so that they could say that they took action. In reality these two have suffered no punishment at all.

  8. Those in the US who are speaking against it, should go to the border and give their ire to the aliens who want to enter to convince them they should not want in. We don’t want to hear it.
    They should use their time and money to build the wall so those who are wanting to enter cannot enter such a bad place.
    They should listen to the old 1910 song, “Don’t Bite the Hand,” written by Jimmie Morgan and Thomas Holer, and was sung by Gene Autry and Judy Garland.
    The last verse says:
    If you don’t like the stars in Old Glory,
    If you don’t like the red, white and blue,
    Then don’t like the cure in the story.
    Don’t bite the hand that’s feeding you.want

  9. Vasu…GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Get a brain. You obviously DO NOT have one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And I truly pity you for having a secular upbringing. You have no clue about the great love that Jesus has for you. sad

  10. It is about time some body is held accountable for their disrespect to America while taking advantage of what America was giving them. They are an embracement to this country and their sport as far as I am concerned.

  11. So many great comments on here. Well, other than the Leftists haters, such as Vasu and anyone else that will show up to spew their vile misinformation and hate.. All I can say is, love and respect our great country or leave….

  12. They have forfeited the privilege of representing our country. They should be removed from their respective teams and never allowed to represent the United States again. They should also be given a cash award for the sole purpose of leaving our country and never returning.

  13. They are in the tradition of the Olympic athletes in México City in 1968. Right on! A necessary wake-up call about a problem of institutional racism that has not been solved.

  14. They SHOULD be released from the team, medal taken, and bared from EVER representing the USA, again!!!

  15. TWO WORDS FOR THE 2020 OLYMPICS AND THOSE WHO TAKE A KNEE ,, I HOPE YOU KNEEL IN A LUMP OF FRESH SMELLING DOG CRAP

  16. I think when an American athlete wins in any National or International sport, they should stand proudly with hand over heart during the National Anthem. If they don’t, then in front of millions, strip them of their award and not let them compete in rest of games. Maybe in future stress to the players this will happen and they be forever barred from future participation. Representing America in olympics is a big deal as so few are successful in getting the opportunity to participate. For those few minutes show your honor and respect!

  17. I believe they should be disqualified from any future Olympic participation. They are ashamed of this country so they should not be allowed to represent it.

  18. May people who dishonor America while kneeling lose their jobs PERMANENTLY . . . There is NO excuse for this disgraceful behavior and needs to be stopped. If you despise America then LEAVE and DON’T COME BACK – we don’t want you here. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  19. You are such a racist. this Great Country is to be respected by all who have the Great Privilege to live here. It is not your right to live here and if you do not appreciate the privilege to live here, then get the heck out.

  20. Those folks that doesn’t want to be respectfull to the country that honoring them than ban them from the the sport they are representing, take away their title of what they won. Darn it if you can’t be respectfull of ourcountry then leave, we already have too many crums in this country.

  21. These athletes signed a contract in which they agreed not to have political or protest expressions during their appearances in the Pan Am games and the same contract is used for the Olympics and ParaOlympics. A reprimand for breaking their contract? I doubt that or the lukewarm warning not to do it again, appears that Sarah Hirshland issued a statement under protest. Leftists aren’t the major support for the Olympics. Conservatives and American patriots are. Some are on the U.S. Olympic Committee. Some are in executive positions among major corporate donors to the program. I am sure all made their objections very clear.

    I would expect one or more to do something similar at other Olympic qualifying events or the Olympics. What will Sarah do then?

  22. These athletes are chosen by their country to represent us in their sport. They are the face of our country. If they cannot accept that honor and responsibility then they should not be on the team.

  23. They need to be removed from the team. Why represent America when you have no respect for her? I don’t want my hard earned money supporting the jackasex

  24. These athletes are there at representing the US and at the expense of the US. They should be required to do nothing which detracts from the US while representing us. If they do they should be banned from all further participation representing the US. If they want to protest outside of the games then they are free to do that without reprocussions but, as part of the games it should not be tolerated.

  25. Have you ever stopped to read the entirety of your comments and noticed the lack of coherence?

    As to your comment of “God Bless America” only applies to them rascally wyte folks….

    America Was BLESSED BY GOD, and he included all shades from Lilly White to Midnight Black.

    Perhaps if you removed your Moron Colored glasses it would help.

  26. I don’t believe you can give 100% when representing something you hate. NOT SUSPENDING, BUT INSTEAD EXPELLING THEM and banning them for life should be the response.
    It was their choice to kneel and the choice of any governing body to expel them.

  27. Their medal should be taken back. They did not compete for the US so, the medal was falsely obtained.
    They can compete for another country but not the US. The US should disown them for any US athletic competition

  28. FIRE THEM 2 And Anyone Else who Disrespects any aspect of OUR
    Country, the U S A !! They like the Money and they like the grandeur of competing BUT dislike something ???

    OUST Any Athlete Who Disrespects Our America… Our Country.. Our
    U S A! They NO Longer Cherish where they are… in a Great Free Country… they are Abusive…
    Hostile… Disrespectful… Harmful…
    OUST Them ALL, Permanently!!
    They Made Their Choice in their life!
    No one else us to blamed!!!!!!!

  29. ALL financial donors should issue a statement declaring ANY POLITICAL ACTIVISM will result in the LOSS OF FUNDING for the ENTIRE OLYMPIC organization.

    Not only will the powers in the organization world wide take an interest, but the Participants/Athletes will SELF PRUNE the garbage from the ranks.

    and vasu, the retard, will sleep quietly on his straw lined dirt floor.

  30. Representation of the United States is an honor. Leave your politics at home. They should be removed from any other olympic participation and pay back the money the committee paid to send them.

  31. Vasu, you appear to be well educated but as not with all things education can not provide you with common sense. But no matter how many people you quote, what you have to say has no real truth nor meaning to it. What I mean is this, even if you quote people in the past and current time that feel and believe that religion and politic’s do not belong together, it is America’s second nature to bring the two together because most of our beliefs are based on the idea that we were created by a God or higher being.
    All you have to offer is through science some people have come up with the idea that we are descendants of the ape. Ok, well let’s assume this to be true, and if we are descendants of the ape, who or what created the ape, for that matter, what created the galaxy and so on.
    Is it your idea that all this just came about all by itself, that it all is just cosmic manipulation that life on planets came about. What you fail to understand is this one simple concept, humans are a fickled species and we live by our emotions for there is nothing you do in life without having a feeling about it. So if the largest part of the population wish to believe in the idea that there is a God, then who are you to say differently. The feelings you have about there being no God honestly are feelings that are best kept to yourself whether you like it or not.

  32. Its all very simple, if you do not like this country and its representation by honoring the flag . . get out. We’ll pay your way; not to an international event where you can demonstrate the skills you have been privileged to hone, but to represent that you are a traitor. Pack your bags

  33. They should be removed and fired immeduatelyt! Obviously, they are not happy representing America so they should automatically be dropped from the team and replaced with someone who loves America and is happy representing it! God bless America!!

  34. Why compete for the USA and then win and then disrespect the flag. It doesn’t make any sense. They should not be allowed to participate in any USA event. Let them go to another Country and compete. We don’t need them.

  35. If United States of America is so bad to live in and my own means the people do not like it can can leave. And protesting by
    The national anthem is played a metal ceremony is at the Olympics being held is rude and ignorant. Well you’re professional football player In the NFL or an Olympic hopeful or high school grandma school sport event. There’s other ways and means to protest of things you’re not comfortable or happy with. I need to be done peacefully.

  36. Bob: Let them play for N Korea-China-Cuba don’t deserve to represent America should not be allowed ever to compete in anything America offers. There a disgrace to all Americans make fools out of themselves. Sad

  37. They would be kicked off of the team if left to me…..they are NOT there to voice their politics on a stage representing their OWN country in the midst of competing in these games!!! They are a shameful representation of people from this country, and for that alone they should never be allowed to compete in ANY games again!! I have as much regard for these idiots as I do for Kaepernick……all are both useless and worthless….

  38. Even the foreign athletes stand at attention when the national anthem is played. Why should we expect less of our own athletes? Those that do show disrespect ought to banned from further competition and sent home or asked if they would like to go live in another country they respect.

  39. They should be dismissed and never let back in. Kaepernick should be banned from the NFL. Period. He should not be hired anywhere by any corporation and enabled to make any significant money. What he and the rest of his genre’ and most of the mob don’t realize is who it was who really brought his “people” to this continent-it wasn’t the White man. The records as to who owned the slave ships, the slave trading blocks, the slave trade and who they got the slaves from are accesssble if one knows how to resesrch and get the truth. The sugar and cotton plantation owners brought the slaves that were shipped here and they are all of the same genre’. Their slave trade activity took place during a time period called “The Middle Passage” that was between 1492 and the early 19th century. The “religious” entity who worked the slave trade brought them here for a time such as this to be used as a mindless weapon against the People who really created America.
    That psuedo intellectual idiot who made the erronious statement about
    Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the other alledged religion as being Abrahamic religions is confused as the day is long. Judaism is not an Abrahamic religion. Judaism is Babylonian Talmudism-that came out of ancient Babylon at the end if the 70 year captivity. In went Hebrewism-the religion practiced by the Isrealites, not the “jews”-out came the”tradition of the elders” which became Pharisee-ism. See what Our Lord Jesus had to say to those Pharisees. Islam is an insult to anyone with intelligence. Allah is NOT God nor any “god”. Allah is a devil/demon. No religion that is a true religion would seek to behead those who would refuse to engauge in any aspect of that blasphemous rubbish. What is that only true religion ? Christianity. The Bible is 100% accurate. Don’t like it. You’er the looser.
    Those jerks like Kaepernick should be hired to wash dishes for a while until they realize the greatness of this country and their priviledge to be here.

  40. If they re on the Olympic team and take a “knee” during the Nation anthem or the pledge they should
    be KICKED OFF THE TEAM and stripped of ANY MDEALS WON-
    GOD BLESS AMERICA-a military veteran.

  41. I agree with the majority of the commenters here, if these athletes are not happy to represent the USA and are proud to do so, then they should be banned from the team. There is no room for this type of protest here, this is not the place or time. If they feel that strongly about how “bad” this country is they should either protest in a better forum, or just leave the country. Many have died to keep America free and to disrespect them, by disrespecting our flag should have serious consequences.

  42. Your post suggests that english is not your native language. And what the hell is ” I need to be done peacfully”?

  43. Agreed !! Wants the riches of our country but wants to destroy the things that made it rich and prosperous !!!

  44. Your quote, “Do unto others,” refers to a biblical scripture which refers to the demonstration of fairness among others with a view of brotherly love. How is it that you use quotations from the Bible and yet say you reject it? That tells us that you are confused in your views or just hypocritical in them. All of the founding fathers of this great nation were not Christians, but, they respected those who were. Men, (and women nowadays) love to brand themselves as pastors, evangelist, reverend, bishops, and apostles. It doesn’t, however, mean that they, in truth, really are nor are they worthy of those brands. Learn this and save yourself from eternal condemnation: ” Believe, in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. Learn this principle and you will not be fooled by a falsehood: Christ plus anything is worthless. Christianity is the only faith ordained by God. We cannot mix the religions of the world with the gospel. Faith alone in Christ alone there is no other way.

  45. What has this rant got to do with these athletes protesting the country that put them on the podium? These young people signed an agreement with the Olympic Committee NOT to engage in this kind of demonstration. Their protests demonstrate their basic dishonesty and lack of morals and ethics since their signatures on this agreement only got them to the competitions..they didn’t mean a word of it. Disgusting..regardless of how they feel about “their country”. Their word is meaningless and they have the nerve to question our country? I imagine every athlete from all over the world have negative ideas regarding their governments..but they don’t demonstrate it in such a solemn moment.

  46. It is TEAM USA after all, right? If you think poorly of this nation play your little heart out for some (any) other team without reference to America, USA or The United States of America as an integral part of its name. Vasu, you say in 600 words that which is better stated in 10.

  47. You are very naive. Our world is not at peace. The UN is not in agreement. Armed conflict continues and many believe it is the responsibility of America to enforce peace. I do not. The first amendment protects freedom of religion but prohibits state religion (Islam). A world ruler not chosen by the states cannot be trusted to govern justly. Sovereignty is the point.

  48. Vasu Murti, No one likes a know-it-all. You spout off about everything. What is your problem. You sound like a psychopath and you dearly need help. You open yourself up to pure hate from everyone. You are unimportant and useless. Just get out of our lives permanently! I gave you a warning once before on another site and I WILL follow through with it if you continue with your propaganda against America and her people.

  49. If they can’t stand and honor the country they represent in the games, drop them, throw them out, deport them to any country they choose; because they are an insult to America and they deserve no honor, no medal. They are a disgrace to all of us patriots.

  50. You and greg are both uneducated liberal whiners who wouldn’t understand the meaning of the CONSTITUTION of THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA. UNDER GOD was added under Truman and it was popular and majority. You don’t HAVE to say it but, you can respect the majority who feel and KNOW the truth much better than you. God Bless Texas, God Bless America and God Bless President and First Lady Trump. Hooyah

  51. This is the greatest nation in the history of the world. We are privileged every day that we live here. These athletes have been pampered, and placed on a pedestal. They should be reminded of this in no uncertain terms. Maybe a mandatory 6 months of public service in Yemen, Somalia, or Haiti would be a start. They simply disgust me!

  52. repugnants are evil beyond compare. I don’t want us re-united. They need to go- dump them in the middle of the pacific or atlantic- who cares.

  53. An awful lot of meaningless words that really don’t make or say what is really in your heart or your empty life. I do know you should celebrate April 1st as your rightful holiday.

  54. As a proud korean war veteran that loves this country, I believe those who represent our country should Horop it. Ergo, disqualify those who protest it for the next 10 years from any activity that is supposed to represent US.

  55. These athletes that disrespect the US National Anthem or the American Flag are not competing for the USA, they are competing just for themselves and their personal glory, not for the glory of our country. Should they be punished? No! They should be dropped from the US Team, and told to find a team of their own that will allow them to bring glory only on themselves, and the USA will not support their efforts to glorify themselves.

  56. By just giving them a warning is like slapping them on the wrist and will encourage others to do the same thing. The very first offense should be immediate dismissal from the team with no chance of participating in the upcoming games regardless of WHO they are. The same with professional players in the NFL they should be eliminated from ever participating in professional sports.

  57. Vasu- by equating God Bless America with God Bless white people you reveal racist intent. Accusing the majority of racism is quite the fashion but is in fact the true racism causing hatred and division. You should leave this terrible country and return to the Hindu paradise you fled. Your efforts to foment discord and hate are bad for everyone.

  58. Very well said, Robert. I couldn’t agree more. If you’re not happy living here, you should do us all a favor and leave. Find yourself a place to live where you think you’ll be happy. We don’t need anyone here who hates America. It’s not a right, it’s a privilege to live here…ask anyone who waits to become a citizen.

  59. it is time to remind all athletes that sports and politics should never be mixed. They can do whatever kneeling they want in their free time on the streets or in their personal life but they signed a contract to represent the USA in whatever type of competition and they must adhere to the rules (if there is no rule about kneeling the sports governing commission should include it). Athletes that disrespect the National Anthem in such an un-American and spiteful way should be kicked promptly for breach of contract and to never, ever be allowed to represent the USA on any kind of sports nor be allowed to work for any government agency or job and if we were going to really penalize that lowlife behavior we should revoke their citizenship, declare them persona non grata and ask them to abandon the country forever.

  60. They should be removed from the Olympic team to open a place for an athlete who is proud to represent America. To me this is a disgusting, shameful act of defiance to America, the Country giving them the honor to be an Olympian.
    Remove them from the team!

  61. I don’t know where to begin because so many of your points stated as fact are in fact opinion only. There was no reason to label your Catholic friend as gay- not important at all to the comment. However, he couldn’t have been a Catholic if he taught you about the ‘rapture’. Catholics do not believe in it.
    Having said that, my point is that so much of your comment is also opinion- yours or someone else’s- and not always correct either. God bless America means just that. You can read into it all you want to find something homophobic, racist, sexist….or whatever the flavor of the week is but that isn’t truth.
    Also, you have no right under our constitution to not be ‘slightly irked’ at some point during your day. Inconsiderate drivers irk me; should a safe space be created for me? Suck it up. We are all different and will be offended often due to the vast differences in human nature and our freedoms. Sucking it up is called, Tolerance.

  62. I was raised in the church. We sang, He walks with me and he talks with me, he tells me that I am his own. But it was a lie. It was all made up. Jesus is dead. The Jews killed him. They hung him on an old rugged cross. Now, we are all going to hell. Especially the jews that kilt Jesus.

  63. My X husband represented our country in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne Australia. He took the first Gold Medal for the us in weightlifting and in 1960 in Rome he is the last American man to win a Gold Medal on a 7 man team. He always stated that there is no greater feeling than to watch the American flag being raised and the National Anthem being played for your country when standing on the Olympic podium and giving all the glory to God. Charles Vinci passed June 13, 2018 at 85 years old. May God Bless America.

  64. John, you are wrong. “Under God” was added to the Pledge of Allegence , not to the Constitution. And it wasn’t added under Truman, it was added when Eisenhower was President. Check your history books!!

  65. If they can’t honor our Country and our Flag why would we even consider honoring them. They should not be allowed to ever represent America in any sports. They are a disgrace to America. They are seen world wide being a total idiot. They say that is freedom of speech. It has nothing to do with freedom of speech. It just shows their stupidity.

  66. I hate to tell you, but this is not your private country. It is shared by many.
    My country, right or wrong—when right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be set right.
    The freedom to express one’s criticism is an inherent part of our country, very much part of what makes it as great as it is.

  67. You are absolutely right. You should refuse to go into any court building, any church, and get rid of all of your money that says, “In God We Trust.” Don’t salute any flag, and be a citizen of every country in the world. And since you do not desire to live here with our freedoms, may I suggest Venezuela, Russia, China, Iran, or North Korea. But, if you remain here, have some respect, or get the hell out.

  68. Dissent is good, but do it from Mars. Then you idiots who take every freedom we have to the farthest extremes, can have your own planet. You are an educated moron.

  69. And in America you have the right to be an annoying S.O.B. try your stupid crap in Russia, North Horea, China, Iran, or Venezuela. Please. We’ll see how long your freedom lasts.

  70. I agree with Gregg Stone !! They do not respect the U.S. Should not be competing, or represent the U.S.

  71. OMG; A MININovella, It usually about 20 – 30 pages long. Guess something happened when he lost his last brain cell, eh ?

  72. If people associate themselves in sports, politics, etc.; and do such things as kneeling, making a fist, etc. they should be fired, punished or made to leave their respective national affiliated positions.

  73. I agree with Sarah Hirshland, this little slap on the wrist IS insufficient as a discipline. Now, others will do the same thing and the Olympic board has set a precedence that first comes the proverbial “slap on the wrist”.

  74. If they won’t stand for the Flag, they should be fired on the spot. My husband along with others fought to keep us FREE. Being disrespectful to Our Flag is being disrespectable to Our Country. If you don’t like it here, LEAVE You probably won’t be missed.
    God Bless America & God Bless all who have Served & to those that are still Serving, God Bless all the Men & Women who gave their Lives to keep us Free. As a Nation we should be Proud. I would’ve fired that NFL player on the spot. When those Olympic Athletes kneel, what does that say for Our Country??? Those Olympic Athletes should be fired on the spot. There is no 2 ways about it.

  75. NO probation for the athletes! They need to be fired. If they CANNOT respect this country, we do NOT need them on any team, at any time.

  76. Those two fools should never again wear the Red, White and Blue. Ship their sorry asses to China or Iran or Somalia and I am sure they will be snapped up for those teams in a heartbeat. Take away their citizenship and that includes the clueless Kaperknucklehead.

  77. If you live here, respect our country. If you don’t love or respect it, then move somewhere else. You don’t deserve to be here. I am a proud patriot of this country and I love our flag and anthem. I respect the fact that our forefathers died to give us this freedom and I do not take it for granted. God Bless America and the Red, White, and Blue.

  78. America is the greatest country on the planet. People from every country around the world wants to come live here. They flock to our country because of our great Constitution and Bill of Rights. They want the freedoms we have here that they can’t have in their home countries. All these foreigners see our country as the greatest country on Earth.

    The problem in our country right now is that Liberals are teaching our new generations to hate our country, their heritage, their own skin color, their neighbors, different viewpoints and diversity, their own family members, other people’s right to free speech and free thought, Independent nature of free thought, right to protect yourself-family-property, etc. They are being taught to hate and be intolerant, and if they don’t get their way, to be violent to others! This is the division that the leftest Liberals have been seeking for decades. Saul Alinsky would be so proud of these manipulative teachers of hate! You people that show that hate to the world will live to regret it one day. Remember Jane Fonda is still known as Hanoi Jane to this day for her actions from many years ago. That is not a good thing either in your personal life or your work life. People will never forget your hate you spew. You are turning into a creature of hate and that will consume you.

    If America is as bad as you say, why in hell are you still living here. No one is forcing you to stay in this country. No one will try to keep you from leaving. Many will even help you to leave. You are too stupid to be in our country and appreciate what you have been given. You don’t even realize you have been brainwashed by the leftist for years. You live in a unrealistic world in your mind, the world is not a Utopia Star Trek world. We have many centuries to go before we will be even willing to start in that direction. The planet is not ready for that life. You need to accept the reality that is going on around you. You have to live in it or face severe disappointments the rest of your life. You need to shed the unstable child mentality and grow up and be an adult.

    Basically, if you hate America and everything we stand for here. GET THE HELL OUT! Find a country that conforms to your beliefs and move there permanently!

    To those who love America and everything we stand for, I salute you patriots! God Bless America! Sweetest words ever spoken!

  79. If you don’t like it in the United States of America, get out!!! Nobody asked you here, even if you were born here. If you can’t appreciate living in the best country in the world, get out. If you want to change something then do it peaceably without disrespect (such as saying Trump instead of PRESIDENT Trump; that is just rude). The reference to church and state not being allowed is ludicrous.
    It was President Thomas Jefferson who wrote a letter to The Danbury Baptist Association (if you bothered to read the WHOLE thing and not remove any words) it says below. So where did the words “Separation of Church and State.” come from? They can be traced back to a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote back in 1802. In October 1801, the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut wrote to President Jefferson, and in their letter they voiced some concerns about Religious Freedom. On January 1, 1802 Jefferson wrote a letter to them in which he added the phrase “Separation of Church and State.” When you read the full letter, you will understand that Jefferson was simply underscoring the First Amendment as a guardian of the peoples religious freedom from government interference. Here is an excerpt from Jefferson’s letter. . .

    “I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between church and State.”
    Here, The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    So just your argument of separation of church and state is that you don’t want it and will twist words to make it sound as if someone said it way back at the start of the country. False, not true. Again, I say, as a veteran of this country, you don’t like it GET OUT!. You don’t realize the hardships and lives given for your freedom. I, myself, do not agree with everything the government has done; therefore, get involved and change it, maturely and respectfully.

  80. I think they should be fired from their team. Need to respect the country they are representing. There should be no politics in sports event.

  81. Their actions dishonor the flag and everybody who wore and is currently wearing Military Uniforms. As a Gold Star Family member and a disabled Veteran, I strongly recommend that they be kicked off the team and barred from any future participation in sports.

  82. Thought I’d try to make sense of this post.

    If the United States of America is so bad to live in, my opinion is that people who do not like it can leave. [Mackey is correct; you have that right.] And protesting when the national anthem is played at a medal ceremony at the Olympics or other international sporting event is rude and ignorant. Whether you’re a professional football player in the NFL or an Olympic hopeful or at a high school or grammar school sporting event, there are other ways and means to protest things you’re not comfortable or happy with. It needs to be done peacefully.

    Do you think I got it right–or at least close?

  83. Any athlete that wants to “represent” their country, especially in international competitions, is a complete hypocrite if they dare to kneel/protest during our national anthem. These are people that want to bite the hand that feeds them. Disgusting !!!!!!!!!!!

  84. Roberta, I don’t usually try to correct people’s posts, mostly because I agree that it can be a form of bullying, and often it’s hopeless anyway, not to mention that if you’re posting from a phone, it’s pretty hard to get everything right. But since Duke seemed to be having a hard time making sense of Mr. Mackey’s post–and it was among the poorest written I’ve seen–I thought I’d try to clear it up.

    And I am a professional proofreader, so I might as well mention that your post could use a little help as well.

  85. Because the Jews bullied Pilate into it.

    But none of that is here nor there, because the true message of the New Testament is that every one of us, regardless of ethnicity, nationality, gender, political leanings, etc. killed Jesus. We’re all guilty. Jesus gave Himself up to die to pay the cost of sinning against God. He did it because He loves each one of us more than life itself. And we’re sinning when we insist on blaming the Jews or the Romans. It’s only when we accept our own responsibility for that death that we have hope of escaping the punishment for our sins.

  86. You are right, Nancy. It was added in 1955. The reason was to counter the godless Communist state of the USSR. If the Soviets were going to go around teaching that there was no God, we were going to declare that there is a God, and He is the One our country recognizes as the Sovereign Ruler of this planet. Today, fewer and fewer Americans believe this or understand that it is the basis for our Bill of Rights. It is because these rights come from God, not the government, that they are not to be abrogated. I myself sometimes question whether some of these rights are really God-given, but we must understand what the Constitution is saying.

    It’s true that the words “under God” are a relatively new addition to the Pledge, and knowing the history of why they were added perhaps gives rise to questioning whether they should really be there or not. While I believe in God and that He is sovereign over all nations, I will not live or die on whether they are left in or removed.

  87. Roberta you sure are thin skinned by complaining about retyping a post that someone else did not understand. I take it you think you are perfect and everyone else is either a bully or rude. You need to get A life for yourself and avoid reading other peoples post

  88. You’re bringing up things that I never mentioned. I never said anything about evolution, the big bang theory, etc. In my postings in response to this article, I merely mentioned secularism or the government being religion-neutral, the separation of church and state, and First Amendment freedoms all as valid reasons not to salute the flag. Nearly everyone on here seems to espouse an “America, love it or leave it” philosophy. whereas the First Amendment freedoms include the freedom to disrespect (or, at the very least, not salute) the flag. During times of war, liberals sport bumper stickers reading, “Peace is patriotic.” Dissent is the highest form of patriotism. Not “my country, right or wrong,” but rather, “My country, when right (correct) to be kept right (correct), and when wrong to be put right (corrected).” The First Amendment allows us the freedom of speech to protest, to peaceably assemble and protest, and freedom of religion, too. And some religious denominations do oppose saluting flags.

  89. Well said Dewey. The sport gives them recognition and in the pros also millions of bucks. You don’t like the country don’t play in a sport that represents that country then turn around and in my words show your behind. When you are engaged in a paticular sport you are representing A nation be respectful or don’t play.

  90. Correction no one killed Jesus he gave his life for us. He had the power to lay it down and to raise it up. He is alive today living in the heart of every believer in Him.He(Jesus) was and is the only person capable of paying our sin debt and that is why he GAVE his life for us that through him we also might live eternally with Him in Heaven provided we accept Him and repent.

  91. You are right that the freedom to dissent is exactly what generations of USAmerican soldiers have fought for, and part and parcel of what makes our country unique and great.

  92. Most of these people are only asking for attention. They all say that Jesus is dead, God is not real, but when something bad happens to them who do they call upon? Let’s see, Don’t they say, “O my God”?!?

  93. BitinDawg, Yes Jesus hung on the cross and died but he only laid in the tomb for a short while because on the third day he arose and and when he went to see the disciples, he ate with them. He walked on this earth for 40 days before he ascended into heaven. If you read your Bible like a good little boy you would know this. The Jews didn’t kill him and the Romans didn’t kill him. It was all God’s plan because the once a year sacrifice wasn’t working. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice and he is now sitting on the right side of the Father making intercession for us. Three words for you: READ YOUR BIBLE!!

  94. The Romans were only the instrument of killing of OUR SAVIOR Jesus. The Jews were offered a choice between saving Barabas’s life and Jesus’s life and the Jews chose Barabas to live, although it was the rebel Jews.

  95. I almost puke at your comment. If you want to live in the USA, assimilate. You don’t have to practice or sympathize other religion. You are free to practice your preferred religion; but, remember always, it is your allegiance to USA first before other else. If you can’t stomach that, take a look at other country where it will soothe your beliefs, allegiance first. No one is forcing you to live in USA which you certainly think of RACISM
    is for white privilege only. I am non-white skin, served my country for 20 years in the military; am proud to have depended it during the Vietnam era. What have you done? Hope you did not get educated with public school money where my tax dollars partially went.

  96. Freedom of speech is not freedom to behave as you wish whenever/wherever you wish, go into a theater and start a ranting protest, the management will toss you out on your butt, probably without a ticket refund, at work start a political protest and you will probably find yourself in the unemployment office. You still have the right to your protest, but but you are also subject to the consequences of your actions taken by whoever you happen to offend, freedom of speech runs both ways!

  97. I agree leave if you don’t like it here. I for one don’t like these athletes disrespecting our flag. We no longer have the NFL package because of there disrespect. I don’t think these two Olympic athletes should be able to go on to the 2020 Olympics. I also don’t think those athletes who kneel during the anthem before any game should even be able to play. Show some respect for this country we live in or leave see if it’s better somewhere else. I for one am proud to be an American and I’m proud of those who have served and are still serving I appreciate them. God Bless America

  98. Cici: Obviously Bitin Dawg was sleeping during services and not paying attention. Unless he accepts GOD and Jesus he will certainly be paying attention on Judgment day!!! Then it will be too late…..

  99. kick them off the olympic teams and make them pay back every dime spent on their training, housing, food and transportation costs.

  100. They do not love America. So let them choose a Communist nation and shove their Ass in there. Discontinue their services or participation in the games. They are not proud to be American so send them to where they came from – their mother’s ASS HOLE.

  101. Fire them. They should not be allowed to represent the country! To think that I served in the Marine Corps to to support people like this!

  102. I think everyone of the athletes who sign the agreement not to politisise the games and violate that pledge should be suspended for 4yrs- the bull will then stop

  103. Hold on! You have to research what separation of church and state is about. It is not in the Constitution. If the courts are using it to make laws, they are wrong. The phrase was only used in a letter written by Thomas Jefferson. The Constitution says the state does not have the right to dictate a religion which the people must follow.

  104. Why does the Olympic committee select such idiots to represent our country and get insulted with morons?
    If you are not proud of America why do you wear that uniform? Just look at other athletes from other countries and the love ❤️ they exhibit for their countries. Do they get that stupidly from their mother’s, fathers if they have one or from both sides of their families?

  105. I feel this was just a slap on the wrist! They should be band from the 2020 games or it will continue… They knew the rules and deliberately defied the the committee and rules in a disgusting display!!!

  106. Who pays living expenses during all the training years. When they kneel is it to thank God they don’t have to work for a living ? Doing what they love and being in the spotlight.

  107. It should be a lifetime ban if they kneel, athletes can protest in other ways. Too harsh? Just don’t kneel????????????????????????????????

  108. I agree. Had go go back and see the thread of his thought that I must have missed.
    He had a point alright. Just pointless Jibber jabber.

  109. I believe that the words confuse the nonreligious aspect of our nation’s government (though having just watched a film on the Doctrine of [Christian] Discovery, I see that separation a lot less clearly than I did in learning history). Yes, those words were added at that time to unite the population against the “godless Commies” in a way that was probably better for the military-industrial complex than it was for just about anyone else.
    I would prefer that they were removed, I generally omit them and recite the pledge as originally written, though as I see some of the directions we are taking, I get slightly less comfortable with it at all.

  110. Habits die hard. I rarely mention god at all, but it can sneak in. Meaningless, though, I am not actually trying to attract god’s attention.

  111. How about just ignoring them?? Most things just go away when ignored. All this back and forth “chit-chat” only reinforces the action.

  112. You need a course in anatomy 101, Ruben. Mommas don’t deliver babies through an “ass hole”. Babies come out through the vagina. I hope you aren’t married or never have any kids!!

  113. There is nothing wrong with kneeling – you “christians” do it to show respect to your “god”, so this kneeling still shows respect, but also humility. Stop making such a big deal of it

  114. Those athlete’s represent everyone of us and if they are going to kneel I’m done with the Olympics. It is about time an organization takes a stand. The kneeler’s are making the organization look like fools too.
    And Vasu I laugh all the way past your 3 books as well as anyone making comment on you rants. It is time to ignore you.

  115. Thanks, Nancy! I have appreciated your comments. We may not always have instituted the founding ideals as well as we should have, but they do remain the goal, updated for inclusion of those originally left out. (e.g., thinking of Abigail Adams, “Remember the ladies”.)

  116. Very easy fix – ANYONE WHO IS NOT HAPPY LIVING IN AMERICA SHOULD JUST GET THE HELL OUT – very simple – LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT!!!!! I am sick of these jerks – (i.e., started by the head jerk footballer CP – keeling – and oh where has CP gone – we don’t hear from him any more) seems to have disappeared – good that works for me & I wish that rest of you miserable SOB’s would do the same.

  117. as proir active duty if you disrespected the flag you would suffer severe consequences such as punishment under the UCMJ or seperated from service for misconduct. if you were in Russis possibly death. People are free here to go where ever they wanted without permission, in other countries you need permission. love your country or leave it. This great countrñy of ours want miss you. The USA has people standing in line and going under the wire to get it. The two player in question should be removed????????, other players are already in line to replace YOU!!

  118. You have people dying to defend this country and what the American flag stands for. Besides the nfl puke who started this crap, we now have immature pukes kneeling. You don’t deserve to represent this country so get out. Young snot-nose’s that have no clue on life. Wait till you wake up in the real world. How dare you disgrace this country. Don’t know where they are from but evidently not from here.

  119. I’ll betcha that he/she couldn’t actually say anything on his/her own. Always doing that stupid copying and pasting nonsensical stuff that doesn’t even go with all of our comments. SMH

  120. Sorry for this being so long but I had to share this. I love Red Skelton’s rendition of describing the Pledge of Allegiance:
    As a schoolboy, one of Red Skelton’s teachers explained the words and meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to his class. Skelton later wrote down, and eventually recorded, his recollection of this lecture. It is followed by an observation of his own:

    I – – Me; an individual; a committee of one.
    Pledge – – Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.

    Allegiance – – My love and my devotion.

    To the Flag – – Our standard; Old Glory ; a symbol of Freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody’s job.

    United – – That means that we have all come together.

    States – – Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that is love for country.

    And to the Republic – – Republic–a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people; and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

    For which it stands

    One Nation – – One Nation–meaning, so blessed by God.

    Indivisible – – Incapable of being divided.

    With Liberty – – Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one’s own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.

    And Justice – – The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.

    For All – – For All–which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.

    And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance:
    I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
    Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: Under God. Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools, too?
    Red Skelton

  121. As a taxpayer who helps to fund the Olympics allowing them to compete, I feel strongly that if they cannot honor the people who have paid for them to have this honor they shouldn’t be there. It is inappropriate to be pushing their views at an event funded by the taxpayer. That should be there last Olympic event period. ALL athletes competing in the Olymics need to have to sign a statement stating that their personal political views are not to be commented on while competing for the citizens of the USA at an Olympic and they understand that they will be barred from future events and presented with a bill for what it cost the taxpayer to pay for their participation in this event.

  122. Karen K, Linda M, & bj
    Hello my dear friends, I hope you get this post, I can’t post on RR, or PP any more….frigging sites won’t take my posts!!!!
    Let me give you some 411…… are you aware that obummass daughter is & has been dating a WHITE guy for the last couple years??? OH well just another day in hypocritical libs life???? I’ll be back later, I have things to tend to, but just wanted to stop by & say hello to you all. Keep up the good work ladies.

  123. Colleen; I am so sorry to hear they are blocking you! I would send them an email and ask them why. I had a problem with Culture watch and they were kind enough to help me. I will never post on RR again. TOO many crazies and haters on there. But yet they won’t block them. Especially that RedMan. What a psycho!!
    Many hateful things have happened on the other sites. But I have been blessed some have come to my aid. My son told me to pull back and stop posting. He is afraid for my health, bless him.
    PLEASE , for the time being, post on this site so we can stay in touch, my dear friend. PLEASE….
    Love Ya!!

  124. Screw probation, they should be removed from the team, that will send a message to other liberal moronic athletes. And when a White person kneels it screams of liberal brainwashing for sure. When have you ever seen an african person take up a White cause? .Chumps, Idiots. Let the ungrateful africans fight their own disgusting battles. How dare you disrespect your country like that on the International stage.

  125. I would disagree with that—I heard often about his white mom and grandparents, life in Hawai’i and Indonesia, and there was even an amusing video about the Irish “O’Bama”.
    In addition, suggesting that an entire major party of the United States hates a race—be it whites for the Dems or blacks for the Reps—is such a sweeping generalization that it does not deserve serious consideration.

  126. Is there really a need for name-calling? Yeah, Nancy’s post was a bit triumphant, but really? I was about to also say Have a nice day—and I hope we all do—but I think you just left the grown folks conversation as well!

    Let’s all try to stay civil as we disagree—and now I hear myself sounding preachy, sorry!

  127. “In 2002, however, in the Newdow case, when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, Greg and I both agreed the ruling, based on church-state separation, was correct!” Where does the Constitution of the US (the law of our land) stipulate a separation of church and state? NO PLACE. This is a joke perpetuated by the loony left. This land was founded based on a faith in God, period. If that offends you, there are plenty of other countries that don’t believe in God and would welcome you. That is not to say I wish you to leave, just that you be happy in your country. If you can tolerate those of us who do believe in God and thank Him for the freedoms we have in this country, then please stay and live with us.

  128. You take a knee, raise a hand in a fist during the playing of our National Anthem, you disqualify your self from playing EVER playing on any National team, you DO NOT represent the USA. You show disrespect to the many men and women who have given their lives for the Flag and Country, without whom, you would not have the life you are living. You bring shame on yourself and your family.

  129. Bottom line here is there is not respect for the flag or the country. If you look at most of the problems we have in this country is a lack of respect period. Look at the water on police in NY. Mass shootings is not a gun problem it is a teaching problem. These YOUNG people which most are have not learned respect for others or for life itself. If you don’t believe in God so be it but others have a right to. You can be any religion you want to be. If you don’t want to say in god we trust don’t say it. If you don’t want to say under god don’t say it. If you don’t like America it really is simple, leave but should you decide to stay respect the flag and the anthem because there is hundreds of thousands of people who have given their lives for you to be able to have the religion you want, to do the things you want and to say the things you want. Given these freedoms I think the least you should do is respect the symbols that represent the country that gives you those rights.

  130. Chief, you are so right! I shudder when I think of all the people who reject Jesus and his teachings. I can’t even imagine how horrible hell is going to be for these poor people. I pray daily that they wake up to the truth. Jesus gave his life because of his love for each and every person on earth.

  131. If you disrespect our Country, you should NOT be representing it. Off the team first offense. If they want to protest, they can do it on their own time and their own dime.

  132. Colin Kapernick ruined it for N F L, I quit watching football 2.5 yrs. ago, and I will cease watching the Olympics, if I see the same disrespect to our nation, I did not see the one mentioned, so, they get one more chance. I don’t need ANY OF THESE sports that display this sort of disrespect for the nation and people who worked to get them where they are. By the way, soccer is now out too, thanks Rapinoe !!

  133. Are we funding those who go to the Olympics? If so then they should pay for it not us…especially if they plan on kneeling
    Only kneeling that for is for God …for every knee shall now before HIM

  134. Not even to the special Olympics, they don’t even get to compete there. They should be banned from ever representing the USA in ANY sport.

  135. I will bet the ones who want to kneel as a protest continues to take the money from the US to go to the games. Did they give the money back that was given to them? (Travel, Food, and raining expenses) Love it or leave it .

  136. Yes, anyone that kneels or in any manner disrespects the United States and our flag should be kicked off the team. The Olympic Committee needs to state that as a rule; no ifs, ands, or buts!

  137. These athletes need to be informed before they participate in any Olympic events that they will be stripped of their medal and thrown out if they show ANY disrespect for their country. They are always welcomed to go compete for another country if they are so unhappy with this one. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind if they took to their knee or raised their fist in protest. NOT!

  138. being a citizen of the United States entitles you to believe in almost anything you want even when it is directly opposite of the national viewpoint. you do NOT have to agree with everything about the country – you have the freedom to express your displeasure and do what you can to help change it. however, disagreeing with the national sentiment does not entitle you to disrespect the flag. If you have no respect for the flag, you don’t belong here, so go away and find your place somewhere else. if you disrespect our flag, our national anthem, our nation, go away. go find your own happiness (or misery or whatever turns you on) and leave this wonderful country, problem-ridden as we are, for those who love and respect it and are trying to make it better, not bitter and ugly.

  139. My thoughts on the protesters kneeling at the national Anthem, every one who kneels and does not respect the flag and anthem should be hauled before the immigration board and ask this question, do you like living in the US and if can’t respect the anthem and flag what country do you prefer to live in, give us a name and we will see if we can get you into that country’s immigration plan ASAP, you can give up your American citizenship and become a citizen of the country you choose if they will have you, the US doesn’t need A**holes like you in this country

  140. REPRIMANDED HELL, if they feel the way they claim, other than grabbing copy, Send these “AHOLES” where they belong, {RUSSIA comes to mind} let them try their b.s. roles and see where they wind up… some Kosak camp where they will have all the time that they want to play some kind of game….. politics aside, they don’t deserve to play for the U.S. Olympics. I am sure there are many more capable athletes who would die to have such a chance.. Tell me where they live and I will help pack their bags.. Moscow or bust!!

  141. I think they should be banned from competing and if they obtained any medals they should be stripped of them and have them taken away if you are supposedly competing for this country you should sure as Hell respect it.

  142. Jesus had to die and then he rose again from the dead to complete the plan GOD THE FATHER had to save every person from their sins!
    Jesus took all the sins of the world forever to the cross!
    we are all forgiven. and those of us who accept GOD and JESUS and THE HOLY SPIRIT as they are and acknowledge to Jesus that you believe in him and thank him for paying your sin debt for you and get baptized, will go to Heaven! those who don’t will go to hell for eternity!
    karen k you said it! Saundra you are close, they also have to accept Jesus as God the Son, God as God the Father and the holy Spirit as the third person of the trinity! they together are GOD !! 3 Gods , yet one GOD!
    get baptized !

  143. or speaking (writing) to someone in language that they understand? Also, just because one is an atheist does not mean that there are absolutely no beliefs in common with a religion; most religions include messages about being kind, honest, etc.; it is the foundation/source of belief with which we differ.

  144. Excellent post!! Robert!!! I say kick the damn bum OUT!! I’m so sick & tired of these morons living off the fat of the land … and having them bite the hand that feed them!!!

  145. I am a proud American, and have had the privilege to have served my country in the United States Navy. I love my country. I am a 78 year old veteran. It is harder for me to watch my country dissolve and watch us lose the greatest freedoms, some God given, from the face of the earth. When the blessings of country are gone, where will we go?

  146. So what, If you desire to spend eternity in a place called hell, it is your right. God never sends anyone to hell, they all choose to go there. Your Choice, and we will honor your choice.

  147. So what, If you desire to spend eternity in a place called hell, it is your right. God never sends anyone to hell, they all choose to go there. Your Choice, and we will honor your choice.

  148. So what, who really cares? If you desire to spend eternity in a place called hell, it is your right. God never sends anyone to hell, they all choose to go there. Your Choice, and we will honor your choice.

  149. So j.r. – you are somehow in charge of heaven and hell’s gateway – you wrote that “we” will honor your choice to Vasu?? That seems mighty presumptive of you!!

  150. In most nations the freedom to non-grateful, non-respectful would not be tolerated – go live there for a while and you will learn just how great America is – BTW, no one is forced to live here, however, don’t take advantages of the freedoms of this, the greatest nation in the world, and then stay here. The rest of us will help you get you on the fastest transportation out —-good riddance

  151. Krapernick conned many but not me, see he wanted his starter job back and not do the work because he was LAZY so he knelt to embarrass the team in hopes they would give him that job. It failed and it had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with police or any so called Black lives matter IGNORANCE. If even one of those kneelers thought of helping out blacks why were they not protesting not only Longer but even after games??? And why not all the black lives taken by other blacks in Democrapic controlled cities???? These others are just trying to get publicity hoping some group of MORONS like Nike will hire them. These two should be banned from Sports for life. That holds true for all the kneelers. You want to disrespect the Nation that allows you to play a game for big money then pack up and leave but NEVER return your kind is not wanted or needed. By your kind I mean those who like the Democraps who love them have WORTHLESS FECAL MATTER where your brains belong and are a complete waste of Oxygen and all other items needed to support life.

  152. This is much different than kneeling at an NFL game. Being on an NFL team is a job, not a privilege. The team is being paid to stand out there. Whereas in the Olympics, part of the funding for training and competition is paid for by taxpayers. They deserve to have their gift to the Olympians be respected. Be kneeling they are telling the sponsors they do not care or appreciate the hard earned money that pays for them to attend. They should be taken off the team immediately and never allowed to compete for the USA again. Let them go to another countries team.

  153. This whole discussion is so stupid. I have never seen so much hate directed at these athletes. The longer you all keep it up, the more your hated grows. You are indeed fomenting further rebellion. That is what happens when athletes or anyone else sees their cause as just!! You are the fools for continuing this tirade!!

  154. No Nancy it is not a stupid discussion. If this young man felt that the country was wrong about something so vigorously then he should not have accepted the rare opportunity to represent the country. It is not hatred to think that someone from a country should show respect for that country, hell even most Russians show respect of course they would probably be shot for being disrespectful. At least in this country we just condemn his actions and leave it at that. The stupid thing here is having people think that its ok to show disrespect of course now a days its cool to disrespect country, religion, Teachers, Police and parents.

  155. Saying God Bless America does NOT exclude everyone but whites! Are you that stupid? Where are the exact words? If you feel so discriminated, LEAVE! Look at all the progress President Trump has made for minorities! You are a mere PARROT! How sad and pathetic! You really should leave, Vaginus

  156. It is absolutely NOT showing disrespect to kneel. Don’t you kneel in church?? That is definitely showing a sign of humility and respect . I still say you folks are silly to continue this diatribe!!

  157. Yes Nancy we kneel in church and stand for the National Anthem. Which is how people have showed respect for the country since Francis Scott Key wrote it. How many people from other countries have you seen kneel when their Anthem is played? Show YES it is DISRESPECTFUL to kneel when your Anthem is being played, Not sure what country you are from that thinks it is not. If you are from America not sure how you were raised that would think that this is ok.

  158. The more you carry on about it, the more stupid you show yourself to be. Traditions and more’s change over time. This country has changed over the years. Showing respect can be done in many ways. I may be old, but even I can change with the times. You need to do likewise!!!

  159. I see Nancy Alexander that you are one of those folks that start insulting when your argument holds no water. Change is not always a good thing nor are Traditions. When I was in the sixth grade we had Firearms training as a class. We actually went in back of the school grounds and fired rifles and shot guns, Imagine how that would go over today. That said showing respect for yours and others religions, countries, people etc. SHOULD never change. You say your old then perhaps you remember prior to the late 70’s there was respect TAUGHT to young people for country, religion, police, Elders, and people in general. God forbid that I would tell one of my parents to shut up, or dump water on a police officer, or tell a teacher to F off. Yet these are the changes you speak of. Then mass shootings started about the later part of the 80’s. The norms that I see today are no discipline in the schools or at home with young kids. Everyone wins and a society that thinks it is entitled to everything without having to give up anything. You think there could be a correlation? We kill unborn babies without a second thought, we bend to every leftist cause, to prove this point the US was always a country that said innocent until proven guilty “the rule of law”. Look at the Kavanaugh hearings and the “accusations” Non proven and even today no proof of anything yet calling for his removal. Now our politicians are talking about free this and free that. The good thing is, I wont live long enough to see the effects to our country. The bad thing is that my Kids and Grandkids will have to watch it happen. However they are also the ones that bring it onto themselves. Show me another person from another country kneeling during his anthem. Oh maybe in England one day but most other folks love their country and respect it as they should. One last thing just an FYI, you have posted as much on this site as I have, so I guess your just as stupid as I am because your just as obsessed with this issue.

  160. I am 60-something, and I value some traditions, others less; I learned in early history classes that our founders were revolutionaries, that they questioned authority and stood up against oppression, against taxation without representation in particular. They came here looking for religious freedom—but it turned out freedom for themselves, they were not so willing to give the same freedoms of religions to others (the exception being Roger Williams in Rhode Island). More and more, I learn that history as taught in our schools was sanitized to greater or lesser degree, but I still believe that the founders’ PRINCIPLES were by and large the right ones; how they were put into PRACTICE was what was lacking.
    I wonder about the causes for mass shootings—and if they were really as rare as we think until the 1980s, or if they were just less publicized by a media industry looking for more and more sensational ratings. How they match with recessions, with antidepressant prescriptions, with governmental actions, etc., is worth considering—and Congress must authorize that sort of study so that we take appropriate action.
    Look at the Thomas hearings along with Kavanaugh—how many witnesses were blocked from testifying, we heard only from Anita Hill while other women were waiting in the wings. All our agencies seem to be rubber-stamp machines, from FERC to the NRC to the Senate. . . . we the people need to take back control of our government.

  161. This Sally G, I think we can agree. Taking back our government is exactly what we need to do. Sounds like we are in the same age bracket and you bring up the same points that I have been bringing up in these type of discussions. I do think that our founding fathers were on the right track, mistakes were made but then every country in the world has a history. We need to try and improve on what our founding fathers started. From what I read and know about the Thomas and Kavanaugh hearings allegations were never proven. All of the accusers against Kavanaugh which were initially 4 two recanted their statements and no “witnesses” that were stated by the accused could verify their statements. At any rate we can agree that the people need to take back the government.

  162. I see Jim C, that you are one of those folks who like to pounce on people who disagree with you. I have as much a right to state my opinion as you do. Of course you would support Kavanaugh – any woman who speaks out about sexual assault is wrong. Women are always wrong – men are always right. Women always lie and make up sexual assault stories. Most other athletes who “love” their country have a dictator/king/monarch at its’ head. They live under the rule that if you disagree you will be shot!! Our athletes/citizens/professionals/actors/politicians still have the fight to disagree and publicly speak out. It won’t be long though before trumpsky ends all that. He admires the dictators in Russia, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Phillipines and China and plans for the same thing to happen here. He is well on the road to turning this once free nation into his own little kingdom. I am saddened to watch it all happen.

  163. (LOL) I would like to know what your definition of “Pounce” is because if you think I “pounced” on you I would hate to see your reaction to someone who really did Pounce. You are 100% correct on your right to state your opinion. These Blogs are for discussion purposes Hence the reply after your post. I firmly Believe that everyone has a right to be heard without people calling them names. As a person who has been falsely accused and had to go through 6 months of an IG inspection to clear his name I know how it feels. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE. Unlike with Ebstein with Kavanaugh there was no evidence, not even the people that she said was at the party could remember anything even her best friend. 2 of the people admitted to lying and now you have another accusation with no proof. In America Nancy we believe that a person is innocent until PROVEN guilty. Just because someone accuses someone does not mean they actually did it. Take the Jesse Smollet case in point. However you are right that Athletes, Citizens, Professionals, Actors and professionals have a right to disagree and speak out. However it is where they choose to do it. A pro ballplayer getting ready to play a game is being paid by me the fan. If he wants to protest something do it on his or her own time. Same with actors on TV they are being paid to entertain not give me their political opinions. I have no problem with them protesting on their time. As for your comment about Athletes in other countries who “love” their country. I can tell you for a FACT as a person who has lived in the Phillipines, South Korea and Have been to China and taught the Saudies, Regardless of their government these people do in FACT love their country. I guess in your mind Burning the flag is not disrespectful either. The far left are the people who are slowly destroying this country. Freedom is able to choose your own healthcare not told you have to have government give it to you. More and More this government is taking your rights away from you but like half the people in this country you cant see it. Why do you think they want to give you free things. The more the government gives you the more dependent you are on the government. Democrats have for years told people that the republicans were going to take away medicare, social security, through momma off the train, starve kids etc. Truth is that the republicans have a better Civil rights record then the democrats. But you folks keep drinking the Kool Aid.

  164. These poor excuses for human beings should be stripped of their medals never to be allowed to represent the United States of America ever again. Who did they think they were representing in the Olympics? Themselves?

  165. The IDIOT doesn’t actually have one, just “running his mouth (or cut-and-paste mouse) without actually saying anything of impotance, eh ?

  166. If a person does not believe in the USA, he/she should not be paying on the US Olympic Team (or NFL or NBA)

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