It’s Not Trump, But It’s Some Who Will Defend Anything To Stay Orange

By Janice Barlow   WHEN YOU TWIST UPON A STAR ONCE UPON A TIME, there was a television show. It was a show about a dysfunctional family. The mother figure was crass and vulgar, and supposedly represented much of Blue Collar America with her behavior. The father figure was more stable, but he enabled his wife because he loved her. The kids were always in some kind of mess. There were fights and laughs and “I can’t believe that!” moments; a typical comedy for the time period. Decades went by,…

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Restoring Unity Through Patriotism – The Values That Can Bring Us Together

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by Oletta Branstiter Facts + Principles = Opinions I teach my students that forming a strong opinion consists of filtering facts through personal principles to make an ideological conclusion. They learn that if our opinions differ, it’s because our valid personal principles differ. I impress upon my students that opinions cannot be wrong, and should be shared and accepted with respect. It has occurred to me, especially in light of recent divisive statements and protests in current events, that while opinions cannot be “wrong”, they can foment disunity. Diversity at the…

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Does The NFL Have A Rule Requiring Players To Stand During The National Anthem?

by Richard Cameron If you have been following the debate on the sideline protests in the NFL on social media and in forums, you have heard people making claims and counter-claims about whether the National Football League has a rule mandating that players must stand during the national anthem. The notion here, underlines the controversy of whether athletes are violating league rules prohibiting players from not observing patriotic rituals in one certain manner. Donald Trump, himself, is under the impression that the players are violating league rules.  Is there such…

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Compulsory Patriotism – Why I Don’t Insist You Salute Or Observe Anything

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by Richard Cameron   I’ve seen a lot of angry people expressing their outrage about football players kneeling during the anthem. I respect their right to their viewpoint, while at the same time, I don’t share it.  Donald Trump, predictably, got in the middle of this, seeing in it another opportunity to exploit the anger of his remaining base voters.  At a rally in Alabama, Trump juiced up the crowd with, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say: ‘Get that…

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Colin Kaepernick And Now Marshawn Lynch. Is Patriotism A Pre-Requisite For Professional Sports?

by Richard Cameron This summer, as former San Francisco 49er, Colin Kaepernick was looking for a place to land in the NFL and there were a few signs of interest and some tugs on the line (Baltimore Ravens) but as of yet, no solid interest  – a lot of discussion centered around whether the non-signings had more to do with  Kaepernick’s controversial behavior, kneeling during the National Anthem in San Francisco, or with his arguably sub-par performance on the field. Now, while the pot is still boiling on that debate, along…

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