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Peaceful vs. Violent Protests
Let sleeping dogs lie
Last Friday, the president of the United States tried to bully NFL owners into firing certain players that had been protesting racial injustice by refusing to stand for the National Anthem, which is a customary procedure. He included terminology in his remarks, which is the norm for him, that offended every rational human on this planet. This protest had been started by one individual player, Colin Kaepernick, whom to my knowledge, never asked another player to join him. Eventually other players did join and one player, Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks, became the subject of an arrest in Las Vegas a few weeks ago after attending a fight there. His arrest was captured on video showing him in complete compliance with the police as he was put on the ground and handcuffed. After his release, the Las Vegas police department wrote a letter to the NFL asking them to investigate his behavior claiming he had disrespected the flag. Because of the video footage of the incident, the NFL found no wrong doing and declined their request. Up until this preseason, the protesters had been African American players. So when the president said to an Alabama audience that these son of a bitches should be fired, it was basically a racially motivated statement.
What this did was arouse the whole league to respond to the president en masse , including the owners who each issued statements condemning the president's request. Each of the statements defended the players' right to peacefully protest what they felt was an increasing injustice in America. So every owner allowed his team to join in unified protests more to the president's comments than the cause for which they had been protesting. This sent a clear message to the president that you are not a dictator and that this is the United States. It was a beautiful sight to see how each team chose to stand together in support of their teammates, including coaches and owners. There were even a couple of instances where the individuals who sang the National Anthem took a knee when they finished.
Why were so many people moved to protest in this manner? Well when asked in interviews following the games, a lot referred to the fact that the president refused to condemn the violent protests by the nazis and KKK in Charlottesville, Virginia and tried to place the blame on the people who were there to protest the hate groups that were protesting. So when you take the time to attack Black players who are peacefully protesting racial injustice, you woke up a lot of people. You will hear comments that they should find another way to protest other than disrespecting the National Anthem. Well, lets look at the fact that this has drawn more attention than anything else they have tried, and thanks to the president's remarks, it has drawn more attention than the people who don't understand the injustice in America can understand. It is now a national issue.
Not only were the president's comments distasteful, they were also illegal. Obviously this president doesn't know, and maybe most Americans have forgotten, that he is a public servant and we tell him what to do and how to act and represent us, not the other way around. Having said that, his statements were in direct violation of the law.
Wrongfully influencing a private entity's employment decisions by a Member of Congress or an officer or employee of the legislative or executive branch.
(a)Whoever, being a covered government person, with the intent to influence, solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation, an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity—1)takes or withholds, or offers or threatens to take or withhold, an official act, (2)influences, or offers or threatens to influence, the official act of another, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 15 years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States..b)In this section, the term “covered government person” means—1)a Senator or Representative in, or a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress (2)an employee of either House of Congress; or 3)the President, Vice President, an employee of the United States Postal Service or the Postal Regulatory Commission, or any other executive branch employee (as such term is defined under section 2105 of title 5, United States Code).
So Mr. President, you and Sarah Huckabee Sanders have clearly violated the law with your comments asking for privately owned businesses to fire their employees. We the people tell you what to do and that message was sent to you yesterday by the NFL and the people of America.