There are people in this world who simply are not happy unless they are mad. If there is peace they will cause conflict. If there is agreement, they will create chaos. If there is harmony they will reach into their bag of tricks and bring the drama; anything to start a fight. These are the shit starters and chief among them is President Donald J. Trump.
Leaving aside for the moment the issues of constitutionally protected free speech and whether kneeling in silent protest to social injustice during the playing of the national anthem is disrespectful of our nation, we understand those who believe that the flag and anthem should be venerated. This is a legitimate position to take.
However, the President represents all of us, not just some of us. He is the Commander in Chief, not the Divider in Chief.
Equally important, there are bigger fish for the President to fry than picking unnecessary fights with professional athletes. From climate change and natural disasters on the Gulf Coast, Caribbean and Mexico, to global terrorism and the treat from radical Jihad, to health care reform and the menace posed by North Korea, the world is at a tipping point. But instead of focusing on these real and material problems, the President panders to his base.
And in so doing he not only called for the firing of these athletes, he referred to them as “sons of bitches”. If this is how President Trump views not only the men in question, but their mothers as well, he might as well be a rapper.
In conclusion, we have not forgotten our promise not to obsess about the President. But does he always have to be so damn messy?