I am very aware of that, which is why I didn't embellish and say he was KIA. The point I was making was that he walked away from a high profile, successful NFL career to do what he felt was right under the circumstances and what was good for the country. Kaepernick essentially disassociated himself from it, which whether he likes it or not those he is protesting for are a part of. I did find the kneeling last night a MUCH more positive way to express his feelings.
But. . . the Iraq war was not good for the country. It was an illegal war of aggression and the politicians had to lie to the People to get permission to go for it. Hussein had nothing to do with 9-11, did not have WMD, and had broken no international laws. Tillman died so that the oil companies and war industry could make a profit. Surely he would support Kaepernick's peaceful protest now that he knows the whose truth of the situation.
But, in a way, it is in the original meme. You compared Tillman to Kaepernick. The former was lied into a war he should never have been in--let alone died in. The latter is protesting according to his conscience. Tillman was a "sheep" being led to slaughter. Kaepernick is a patriot standing up for freedom. I respect Tillman for doing what he thought was right but I'm sorry no one taught him to think for himself. Kaepernick doesn't buy the lies, does the research, and stands up for himself. By comparing the two you opened the proverbial "can of worms". Do we stand up out of blindness? Or do we see this country for what it truly is? Only when we see the U.S. honestly can we ever hope to fix what's wrong with it. Kaepernick is doing his small part by starting this debate--blind loyalty or honest criticism--we can't change what we don't acknowledge.
I said I would not argue the war. I was drawing a comparison of action vs whatever Kaepernick though he was doing. Nothing more. You have a great Monday morning quarterback way of looking at things. It leads me to wonder if you just started paying attention to things around you in 2006-2008. Because you don't seem to have a firm grasp of the pre-war and post 9/11 timeframe. You call others sheep, but yet you keep repeating the talking points of the anti-war crowd. I have seen nothing original, or at least to lead, me to believe that you were forming an opinion prior to the anti-war crowd taking the stage. I'm guessing you're 18-30, and didn't watch every day as Hussein ran semis from palace to palace in order to make it appear he had weapons he did not. While there was a lot of bad intel at that point, a lot of it was strategically leaked by Hussein in order to make himself look stronger than he was to the rest of the east. You ignore the atrocities his army performed in Kuwait until we drove him out, which led to his repeated violations of the UN agreements the left him in power after the first gulf war. The Kurds would be happy to explain to you why he should not have been allowed to have chemical weapons and why it was necessary for the sanctions to be in place. When 9-11 happened there were many people who joined the Army to protect your know-it-all rear, now you call them sheep. One day when you really need one, one of those sheep may just look at you and say baaaaaah.
9 ups, 7y,
You should be more angry about the BS war that was started by and for the profit of the conservative coorporate elites that Pat Tillman died for.
No offense to you bro, you're just a liberal, not a lib :P I respect anyone who can take a little heat as well as guve it. Since u do that, I respect you even though I disagree with a lot of ur opinions xD
Actually I watch fox news more than anything, then check other sources to verify that they are indeed full of shite. BBC, CNN, Huff Post, NYTimes...whereever I can...I just don't bother with Breitbart, Alex Jones and that whole group of imbeciles, they are constantly and consistently flat out lies.
NYTimes is a CIA mouthpiece. So is the BBC and probably CNN. Huffington Post has its own (Arianna's) agenda. I hava broad-range internet sources: Information Clearinghouse, Global Reasearch, and a few others. If you want my list just ask and I'll give you links.
I wrote this as a reply to a different comment, but it sums up my thoughts on the subject:
This country WAS founded on something. We call it blood, sweat and tears. We salute the flag to honor those who died creating a country in which we have free speech. It's about respect for your country, something which most people seem to trample under the feet of "social justice". Don't like the country? Cool. But if it doesn't represent your values then what the hell are you doing raking in millions of American dollars playing an American game protected by the American military and, ironically enough, protected by the bloodthirsty police he seems to hate?
4 ups, 7y,
And since football was a sport created by a white guy, isn't he attempting to culturally appropriate a white person's sport? HOW DARE HE!
If you see a problem, do something constructive about it. If you don't have any constructive ideas and your credibility in life and your profession are in doubt, work on yourself first. There have been moments in history where a peaceful protest was appropriate as the only option for someone to draw attention to their plight. This is not the case now. Regardless of what is in his heart, this comes off looking like the adult version of pouting from a man-child who doesn't grasp the reality of positive vs negative attention.