Letter: Show some respect

 

There is no law requiring NFL players (or anybody else) to stand during the playing of the National Anthem, nor is there any law requiring anyone to show respect to the American flag. Nobody is saying that such laws exist.

There is, however, more than a century of American citizens demonstrating their love for their country and showing their respect for the millions of Americans who have fought and died in service of this country by standing in respect for them.

This standing in respect has become both the custom and tradition among American citizens and it has been in practice far longer than the lifetime of any living American citizen. These have become, over time, not just customs and traditions, but sacred ones.

Some NFL players have chosen to disrespect this custom and tradition. They have the legal right to do so. But if they make the choice to openly disrespect this custom and tradition, they must be prepared to live with the consequences of that choice, even if prosecution for law breaking aren’t among those consequences. The team owners have a choice to make as well.

Millions of American citizens who support these traditions and customs are watching as the players and owners make these choices.

Their patience is not unlimited.

Tom Taber

Augusta

 

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