I lived in California. A 3 bedroom house on North Road in Laytonville. It was early, the phone rang. Relatives from the mid-west. “Get up, turn the TV on.” I got up and went to the living-room. I switched it on and watched in horror. Moments later, the second plane hit. I watched it live. I cried. It was horrible.
The fall out was just incredible. Everyone rallied behind the President to get the bad guys. But slowly, the arm chair experts came forward and used the opportunity to create chaos and confusion during their hunt for the spotlight. It’s been 15 years and still people use this day as a platform to push their agendas. Have we forgotten what happened? Have we forgotten that we lost thousands of Americans that day? Have we forgotten that we watched heroes give their lives that day on live TV to save strangers?
But they weren’t strangers. They were brothers and sisters under one big Red, White and Blue flag. Old Glory. A flag that represents freedom, liberty and the opportunity be who you want. Whether you are a “Professional Football Player” or the guy punching tickets. Here you can be an astronaut or a janitor. A police officer or a taxi driver. No, we don’t all have the same opportunities that others do.
No one offered me a scholarship. No one offered to pay my way to explore Europe as a young man. My parents worked for everything they had. Just like most of America. No hand outs for me. None for my parents or my kids. Except the food bank and a few food stamps once in a while.
Change is often begun by the shock of one or more actions on the part of the need. Refusing to honor the flag is not the way, in my opinion. Maybe it is, I’ve been wrong before. But please, don’t dishonor those who died on 9/11 and those who have subsequently died in the actions to get those responsible and the fight to stop terrorism.
I’m not going to make a threat. My love for American sports has already dropped to an all time low. It’s not something that requires fandom, it requires honor. What a man does when wearing any uniform reflects the entire team or squad.
Don’t forget the men and women that have gone before you so that you have the opportunity you have. The greatest change one who is in a position of power can bring is not done in the sight of the world where you stir up equal or opposite feelings, questing for cheap publicity. It is in the quiet, consistent actions that affect people individually and leads, eventually, to groups and crowds. Then Nations.
I love my country even when I don’t agree with it. And, that’s been in many things and actions that it has taken. God loves America too! He still has amazing plans for her. Dishonoring our selves by the actions of million dollar sports figures is not only not going to resolve anything, but it makes us look even more foolish to those around the globe that already despise us. We need to focus our efforts in ways that actually work and not cause more hatred and confusion.