Saturday, October 14, 2017

Somebody Needs A Good Kneeing


I refuse to keep having this conversation:

Objector: Kneeling during the anthem is disrespectful! It's a slam at our flag, our country, our military, and the rule of law!

Snooze: How is kneeling disrespectful?

Objector: It's disrespectful! People that do it should be locked up!

Snooze: How is it disrespectful? Are people disrespectful when they kneel in church, or at a gravesite, or when they propose?

Objector: IT'S DISRESPECTFUL! I HAVE A RIGHT TO MY OPINION! STOP TRYING TO INFRINGE ON MY FREE SPEECH!!!

Largely because it's not really a conversation, or a call to protect First Amendment rights. It's just parroted gaslighting rhetoric trying to pass bigotry off as an "alternative viewpoint" and any voicing of a diverging opinion as a violation of the Constitution. The First Amendment does not guarantee anyone the right to speak without objection, dissent, or counter point. It also does not guarantee the right to carry forth opinions into actions that take away the rights guaranteed to others by the same document. Scream and rant and gnash your teeth all you want. But you don't get to stop anyone else doing the same. And kneeling quietly is a damned far, far cry from the tantrum I see objectors throwing. Keep insisting that I MUST listen to you without objection though, and you might take a knee that'll annoy you even more.




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