The NFL protest, as to “who, what and why” they are protesting changes daily. Media and social media offer support citing feelings, rights or opinions as to why it’s acceptable.
Fresh off our country’s POW experience in the Korean War, the military adopted a Code of Conduct signed by President Eisenhower. The code contains six articles that the profession of arms follows.
Article I states: I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
Article VI states: I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.
These two articles define what “I am prepared to give my life in their defense.” It is bigger than a team, money, game or opinion. The national anthem and flag are symbols of the principles defining our way of life. Protesting during the national anthem is the wrong place, the wrong time and offensive. The changing narratives do not change the magnitude of the insult from athletes playing a game for millions of dollars, in comparison to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen who pledged their lives to the principles that our flag and national anthem represent. I’ll stand for the flag and no longer support the NFL or their sponsors.