I really wanted to present you a Labor Day writing this week, or rather an automated non labor future writing (teaser for next week???), but I really can’t pass (pun intended) on the Kaep situation. You see, I am a Marine, and it seems that in my lifetime people have completely lost touch with what freedom is. If you are one of the ones calling for some type of discipline of Colin Kaepernick from the league or the team, you should check yourself, seriously, you either never knew or no longer understand what living in a free world is. Freedom allows for people to do and say things you don’t like. Get it through your brain housing group, ie your head. You don’t have the power to make people live as you wish. Moreover, quit trying to speak for me, a veteran. We know the sacrifices that we have made, we know why we have made those sacrifices. I wish you would be this outspoken when it comes to taking care of us once we are no longer in active service. I appreciate that you want to honor our sacrifice, but really, it is only a song, and it is the rights of individuals that are most cherished and protected. If you wonder how this ties in with guns or the 2nd Amendment, it is simply a matter that all rights are protected, if one falls or is curtailed than they all can be.
That said, if you are upset, I have a sneaking suspicion that it really isn’t about him sitting. I’m going to guess you are generally good person, and are more than likely to be upset about a multi-millionaire making a statement that others need to be doing more. If that is not the case, maybe you should take a hard look at yourself and your motives and beliefs, that’s a subject for another article. In this case a question that should be asked is what has Colin done to help out the impoverished and oppressed community? I don’t have that answer, and I hope he is out there, but it really is a question we should be asking ourselves. I have posed this question/challenge to dozens of my friends, which is, to quote Bernie I think, to be the change you want to see. Do you really trust an inept (at best) or corrupt (at worst) government to change things? A government that has had 50 years fighting the war on poverty with nothing to show for all its efforts?
Sorry I digress a bit, the challenge is for you to find one or more families that need your help. A buddy of mine is friends with a couple with multiple kids, the mother is struggling in low wage work, and she misses time because of the children, and the father (not married) can’t find work. I am sure many of you have seen this scenario. These people are good people, but they are stuck in continual assistance. My friend is adamant that they need increased assistance, but I asked my friend what he is doing to help them, personally. I believe and explained to him that the most beneficial thing he could do would be to babysit for them while they spend time at the library, learning, developing new skills, with the possibility of starting something of their own. Take a second to think this through with me if we are able to give four hours a week to a single mother, father, or couple, what that the time adds up to over the course of a year. Four hours a week translates into 208 hours a year. In that amount of time a person should be able to learn about something of interest to them, put in some practice time and actually start a business. Also I should note, I understand that his stance was more to do with the system being oppressive, I don’t have the influence or power to change the whole system, but if I can change the lives of one or two families, I think that it is my responsibility to help out.
I am not sure what others are thinking when they get upset at Mr. Kaepernick, I know that it didn’t disgust me or even upset me, but I did wonder what he has done personally to help change anyone’s future. I wonder what each of us have done, what each of us could and should do. We need to be involved in our community’s lives, actually down and personally helping, not just throwing money to an organization or government to waste. If each of us helps one family, it can be generational change for them and their children. My motto this year, and quite possibly for my foreseeable future is to give more than I receive from this world. I hope the same from each of you. Have a wonderful day, peace.