Lately, political debates have taken over our country. There is a huge divide between Democrats and Republicans, and neither side is willing to budge on their beliefs. This isn't the first time this has happened in our country's history, and I'm almost certain it won't be the last. However, recently a few members of the U.S. women's soccer team took things too far.

As any American would be, I was excited to find out that our team had won the Women's World Cup in France. I can't say I've ever been a huge soccer fan, but either way, it gave me a sense of pride to be living in a country that did so well at the tournament. However, after seeing videos of Meagan Rapinoe stepping on our country's flag, I quickly felt disgusted that this team was representing our country.



After doing more research, I also found that Rapinoe has been kneeling during the National Anthem since 2016 and refused to go to the White House to celebrate the team's victory. It's embarrassing to see members of United States teams disrespect our country in front of a worldwide audience, and even small actions such as these weaken our country's reputation in the world. These women should understand what an honor it is to be representing their country at such a well-known tournament, and no matter what political stance they have, they should respect this country for the opportunity that it has given them. If we can't even stand together in victorious moments like these, I don't see how we will ever be able to come together to solve the problems that we face in this country.

I don't feel that this is a matter of politics, because the way I see it, neither political party is content with EVERYTHING that our politicians do. However, if these women can't appreciate the place they call home and choose to throw childlike tantrums on a worldwide stage, they should no longer have the privilege to represent the United States.