Pikes
Was not America founded on a right to protest?
Mon Sep 25, 2017 11:23am
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Empowered by freedom of speech in the First Amendment? We may or may not agree with the protesters. It was numbered first because it was considered most important. It is the key which enables and empowers all other amendments that follow.

Bully behavior of police resembles pedophile behavior of clergy. Doesn't represent all, or even a majority. But cases that surface reflect on all, and when the "profession" sweeps notorious examples under a rug, only to resurface somewhere else, public trust becomes what is it regarding both. NFL players aren't protesting America. Their cause is injustice, and there has been an awful lot of that publicized in America. One message to police and courts is to quit tipping balance of justice to protect their bad apples. Same to the churches who quietly transfer their problems elsewhere.

Trump is a man of threats. Threats are immediately divisive. Unresolved, they tend to become permanent. They also become misplaced and misdirected. The NFL protests aren't against America, or the flag, or the anthem. They're against injustice. Since when do you correct injustice with threats? Maybe in Trump's world. That's why he is unfit to be POTUS.

Trump? Invoke the NFL clause on him. Not For Long.

Trump slaps travel restrictions on North Korea, Venezuela in expanded ban.

"Back and forth Mueller's heavy hand slapped Trump's Russian red face following disclosure of collusion activity sufficient not only to earn Trump's place beside Benedict Arnold and Klaus Fuchs, but to displace them as the epitome of American traitors."

Trump is the same undisciplined jerk now as when he flunked out of Fordham in one of his many efforts to avoid the draft, feeding his huge cowardice. He talks tough like cowards frequently do.

His hands aren't just small. They're dirty, and his mouth is full of threats.

  • A few things being missed byRobert, Mon Sep 25 9:43am
    ALL parties (Trump, players, and racists) here. Yes, free speech should absolutely be respected , but those practicing it can be VERY dis respectful. There are also consequences to practicing this... more
    • Interesting ideas, for sure!Sia☺giah, Mon Sep 25 1:18pm
      It would be interesting to see if the children returning would wind up in foster care after their parents tried to "beat their new views out of them". Children have long waged "wars" against their... more
      • Yes, racism can be mitigated.PH👀EY, Mon Sep 25 2:42pm
        But not entirely, if for no other reason than different ethic pigmentation, or lack thereof, is noticeable. And because it is, that makes us different to one another. That difference is a segue into... more
    • Was not America founded on a right to protest? — Pikes, Mon Sep 25 11:23am
      • That includes the ramifications of exercising one's freedom of speech. We are guaranteed that our government CANNOT punish us for exercising our right to free speech, guaranteeing us freedom from... more
        • Personal responsibilityPikes, Mon Sep 25 3:36pm
          I wrote that position many times. Why does this national anthem begin games? It's the prelude to the entertainment. It is ownership using as political statement for emotional response from fans. I... more
        • to punish them in any way... A gov't representative may offer an opinion that the EMPLOYER should or should not fire someone, but it is still 100% up to the employer... And, certainly exercising ones ... more
          • Trump's Threats Are a PunishmentMeerlin, Mon Sep 25 2:38pm
            whether or not any players, announcer, etc. is fired, games are boycotted, etc., because the threat alone injures the victim of the threat. Trump is the one showing disrespect for the Constitution,... more
            • Not a threat...Sprout, Mon Sep 25 2:54pm
              If I tell everyone I think you are a jerk, that is not a threat. If others believe me and stop hanging out with you, that doesn't make me telling folks you are a jerk into a threat. If you are a... more
              • You Are Not the POTUS of the USAMerlin, Mon Sep 25 3:02pm
                who is infamous for threatening and making good on his threats.
                • So what?Sprout, Mon Sep 25 3:05pm
                  Are you claiming that the POTUS has the actual authority to fire a professional athlete? Of course not. Therefore saying that such a person SHOULD be fire is NOT actually a threat TO fire them. No... more
                  • 18 U.S. Code § 227 - 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... more
                    • The NFL rule book:PH👻👻EY, Wed Sep 27 2:53pm
                      http://fellowshipoftheminds.com/2017/09/26/nfl-rules-require-players-to-stand-for ...
                    • So, what obligation or evenSprout, Mon Sep 25 4:09pm
                      perception of obligation does the team have to fire an employee based on the opinion on the POTUS that the employees actions warrant firing? What official act was the POTUS threatening to take, or... more
                      • We're this the 1960s and 70s, PH👻👻EY, Mon Sep 25 7:12pm
                        I could get behind these protests. But, these black players are hardly in a position to complain. They are entertainers, and I am not amused. Police training reform world be a better challenge. How... more
                      • as the same kind of warning, with real teeth. So there you have someone acting on the "president's" lead.
                        • (the official act of another. Res ipsa loquitur, as they used to say on the Appian Way.
                          • DistractionPikes, Thu Sep 28 1:40am
                            Page out of Reagan's book. USSR shoots down Korean passenger jet with Americans on board, tension is so thick it can be knife cut, and James Watt announced the ethnic make up of his cabinet.... more
                          • Again... what authority does he have thatSprout, Mon Sep 25 4:30pm
                            would allow him to influence? What authority do you have to allow you to influence the manager into firing the employee? Or are you suggesting that a federal official may not express dissatisfaction... more
                            • Read the LawMerlin, Mon Sep 25 5:08pm
                              18 U.S. Code § 227 - 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... more