Over the past few weeks, NFL players have been making headlines for kneeling during the national anthem to protest against Donald Trump and racial inequality. Now, it appears that these protests have spread to politicians as well.
Four Ann Arbor city council members chose to kneel during the Pledge of Allegiance at a meeting on Monday, Oct. 16.
Chip Smith, 5th Ward; Chuck Warpehoski, 5th Ward; Sumi Kailasapathy, 1st Ward; and Jason Frenzel, 1st Ward; moved in front of the council's table, turned toward the flag and took a knee when it came time to recite the Pledge of Allegiance after the meeting was called to order.
Warpehoski said the move was an act of attention, concern and respect.
"I can't speak to what is in each person's heart, but for me to 'take a knee' is an act of attention, of concern, and of respect," Warpehoski wrote on his website ahead of Monday's meeting and also stated at the meeting. "And it is in that spirit that I take a knee at tonight's City Council meeting: out of respect for the aspiration that we be a nation 'with liberty and justice for all,' with full attention that we fall short of that ideal in many ways, and with humble dedication to continue to work that the promise of the pledge may be fulfilled."
During the meeting, Kailasapathy said she knelt during the Pledge to demonstrate her commitment to upholding democratic values.
"For me, taking a knee is also showing solidarity with the group of people who have been doing this at the national level," she said.
The bottom line is that there is absolutely nothing respectful about taking a knee during the pledge of allegiance or the national anthem. Instead, taking a knee is a blatant form of disrespect to those who have fought and died for our great nation. The pledge of allegiance and national anthem offer an opportunity for Americans to stand and honor the flag that many have lost their lives trying to protect, and kneeling at this moment is a way of telling these people that the sacrifices they made for our country don't matter.
These "take the knee" protests are even more ridiculous on the national level, where millionaire NFL players show how out of touch they are with real Americans. These players go home to their mansions every night after spending their days throwing a ball around while real Americans have to work incredibly hard just to put food on the table. No wonder NFL players and their fellow members of the entertainment elite don't understand why so many of their fans voted for Donald Trump. In the end, Trump was elected by those who respect the American flag, not those who kneel before it.
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