“You Don’t Deserve Your Seat”

If you’re disgraceful like 23% of the NFL players, and countless other Americans, you either sit or support sitting during the Pledge of Allegiance or National Anthem.

Not only are you disrespecting our country, but our veterans as well.

“We lined ‘em up and shot ‘em. Every day. And I’d do it again for this country, and I’d do it again if it would fix the way things were now.” Those are the exact words my grandfather told me when he finally opened up after decades of his service in Vietnam.

I don’t care what your excuse is: When you sit or take a knee my grandfather is personally attacked by your actions. But, here are probably the best excuses you can come up for not saying the pledge while sitting on your backside.

Excuse One:

“But, the Pledge doesn’t apply to me. It was written over a hundred years ago, and it was mainly for white men!

If you believe this still, where have you been over the past few decades? Whether you’re black, white, atheist, Christian, gay, straight, male, female, transgender, or non-conforming, we have passed so many laws and acts so that you can be included in this country.

We have taught our children different views than we might have grown up believing. Times change, and with that so do people. So, maybe you should become a part of that change and realize the Pledge unites us. All of us. Otherwise, you’re seen as being just as selfish as a spoiled kid who was offered a slice of cake instead of a gumdrop because he didn’t get to choose what he wanted.

Excuse Two:

“There is too many police brutality and other racist acts for me to believe that Pledge.”

Have you TRIED to make a difference?

“Yeah, sitting down gets out my voice.” True, but it just gets lost in a sea of other different voices.  

If what you want is change, why don’t you BE the change? If you believe there is too much police brutality then join the forces?

According to the FBI, “The rate of sworn officers was 2.4 per 1,000 inhabitants in the nation in 2011.” Increase that number of people sworn in, if your intentions are good, then not only will you help end police brutality and bring faith in our police back, but there will be more people upholding the law, and keeping others safe.

Before you take a knee and look at the ground, or sit down and gawk at those “foolish enough” to support something that doesn’t mean anything to you, take a good look at the history of America, and think: we live in an amazing country.”

— Anna Lynn Fryer

Get off that chair and do something with your life. Our veterans sure did, and the only reason your ass is here is all thanks to them.

 

Excuse Three:

“You’re just upset because your grandfather was a soldier. None of my family has gone into the service, so no one has done anything for me.”

That is such a lie that even the Devil would be ashamed of you. Yes, this subject does hit me more personally than others, but for good reason.

My grandfather, and countless other people who have gone into the service, not just for their families, but for other families, for America, and for America’s future. Yet, you thank them with your horrific behavior and self-centered beliefs.

If veterans never fought for the future of the country, we wouldn’t be where we are today. They fight for the future, and for you to shape the future.

Before you take a knee and look at the ground, or sit down and gawk at those “foolish enough” to support something that doesn’t mean anything to you, take a good look at the history of America, and think: we live in an amazing country.

Yet, you make it seem as if America is something you’d write on a dunce cap. Have you ever thought, maybe you’re the one wearing the cap?