Giving the United States of America Her Middle Finger
Megan Rapinoe is a superstar. She is one heck of a soccer player, I give her credit for that, I know she has worked very hard to get where she is. I couldn't play like that, maybe once upon a time, but who knows, that wasn't my calling!
As for what Megan Rapinoe is not...she is not playing for her local soccer club. She is not playing for a team called the Raptors or the Red Sox. She is not playing for a team called the Cardinals or the Lions...or the 49ers.....
She is not representing a brand, a movement or a cause. She is not only playing for TEAM U.S.A., she is a co-captain and she is giving the U.S.A. her middle finger each and every time she takes a knee and each and every time she grimaces, during our National Anthem!
Her turning green as if, being forced to listen to Barry Manilow and not the story of our freedom, has removed any joy that I may have once had about watching, cheering on and celebrating, each U.S. Women’s soccer team win.
We all know that the captain of a ship is the commander; the skipper, the head honcho, that person whom the crew looks to, for guidance.
When I played team sports and even when my children were playing team sports, the captain selected was often a great player, but not always necessarily the best player. The captain exemplified character and encouraged other team members and was all about living up to a certain standard in representing their team, their league, their community...to the very best of their ability.
It was always a great honor to be tapped, Captain!
Has that changed?
Does it no longer mean anything special, to be tapped Captain?
Is it only a means to show up and show out...?
It’s so hard to keep up in these progressively (for the worse) changing times!
Free to Express
We've been through all of this before, with Colin Kaepernick. He chose to let us know exactly how he feels about the United States of America, by taking a knee, not occasionally, but every time our National Anthem was performed.
He was probably a great quarterback at one time, he may have even been captain, a time or two in his youth, but he will be remembered as the guy who continually dissed the United States of America.
I get it...but do they?
Many men have died, in order for them to freely express themselves. Many men and women are putting themselves in harm's way each and every day, to ensure they'll continue to have that right, but this is how I see it:
The National Anthem is our Freedom song, our flag is representative of that freedom, which did not come for free, not by a long shot! During the playing of our anthem or in the presence of our flag, is not the time nor the place.
The Dems go around getting small crowds all worked up with their, "If you elect me, I'll give you free stuff", but any thinking, non-cheering person, knows that nothing comes for free!
Colin and Megan's taking a knee, without threat of imprisonment or a shot through the head, should mean something to them, if they've ever paid much attention to some of the news coming out of other Countries. If they grew up here and learned of our history or of the history of life as it was for people, in other Countries, living under dictatorships...it should mean something to them!
For me, as disgusted as I was with Colin Kaepernick...it is tenfold disgust when it comes to Megan Rapinoe, because she is playing for, representing, the captain of, TEAM U.S.A.!
I'm a fan of this Country
I'll never forget when the U.S. men's hockey team beat Russia in the semi-finals, going on to win gold in the 1980 Winter Olympics. They represented so well. They played their hearts out for this Country. Their pride was ours, their win was ours! There was nothing political about it, it was all about good sportsmanship and playing for something greater than each one of them, out on the ice.
I wanted to follow the ladies, pull for the ladies, cheer for the ladies, but IF this is okay with them, this behavior....of one of their team leaders, then, no thanks, can't do it.
I will always cheer for the United States of America, but I'll not cheer for any team or any person, dissing her, giving her their middle finger, acting disgusted by her existence!
The same applies, whether it's an individual kicking or throwing a ball down a field or an individual running for the highest office in the land.
God Bless the United States of America!
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© 2019 A B Williams