Why You Shouldn't Care what Colin Kaepernick Does

Why You Shouldn't Care what Colin Kaepernick Does

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So free speech, First Amendment rights, and it’s impact on Americans is by far one of my favorite things to talk about and I love discussing it. So when the story hit about San Francisco 49er’s Quarterback Colin Kaepernick remaining seated during the National Anthem, and then vowing to continue to do so saying “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” This kind of move is absolutely unprecedented in American sports and the story made national news headlines this week. While I may not agree with Mr. Kaepernick’s decision to remain seated during the National Anthem, I will defend to the death his right to do so.

If you follow me, or know of my work, you may know that I have written previous articles about the exercise of free speech and I challenged more progressive, leftist students to respect the opinions and views of those on the right instead of dragging their names through the dirt and silencing them. I urged the left not to buy into the whole “triggering” phenomenon sweeping the nation and to not let the words of others hurt them.

Well now, it’s mainly the right that I will criticize. Many have voiced their opinions on the issue, and I’ve seen a good number of individuals saying that Mr. Kaepernick should be forced to stand for the Anthem, or that he should issue an apology for what he said, and I’ve seen countless photos on social media of American service members who were KIA and chastise the Niner’s QB for disrespecting a nation whom many have died for. The political right is looking pretty triggered right now…

So no, I don’t agree with the idea that there is systematic oppression in the U.S. And everything Mr. Kaepernick has said to defend his decision I have disagreed with, but he has a right, protected by the U.S. Constitution, to remain seated during the playing of the National Anthem. It is not against 49er’s team rules, nor is it against the law. So I am asking you on the right, the first advocates of free speech and the defense of it, to let this go. Just forget it even happened. Stop with with butthurt, stop with all the outrage, stop with the anger. He can have a different opinion than you, and that’s OK. All you’re doing is making him relevant again, which he needs to do, considering he’ll probably be out of the League within five years. Practice what you preach; respectfully disagree with his opinion about oppression and his decision not to respect the flag, but stop crucifying the man for it.

If you are true advocates of free speech, then you will understand the importance of letting Mr. Kaepernick do as he sees fit. If you still want him to be forced to stand, or otherwise molded to fit your opinion of what an NFL quarterback should embody, than you are just as bad as the Social Justice Warriors that we love to fight. Well… maybe you aren’t that bad, but that’s still behavior that we should emulate. So let’s move on, I can’t believe this garnered any media attention at all.
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They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.


When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.


Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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If You Call Yourself 'Pro-Life,' Make Sure You Don't Just Mean 'Pro-Fetus'

If America will take the pro-life stance, politicians need to promote policies that improve the foster care system, welfare programs, and government assistance.

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The contemporary politics of America have regressed to a time before the liberation that Roe v. Wade provided. Women nation-wide were liberated from the iron grasps of male politicians. They were finally rewarded their autonomy.

However, American politics is back to its old tricks; politicians are stealing a woman's autonomy. A woman's control over her own body has been seized throughout the country. States like Ohio and Alabama are banning abortion as early as six weeks. This is before most women realize they're pregnant. These so-called "heartbeat" bills perpetuate the dangerous narrative that a heartbeat automatically signifies life, thus satisfying pro-life narratives of a heartbeat that trigger high emotions.

Remember, a heartbeat does not mean life is viable.

In this situation, the vastly premature heartbeat in a zygote the size of a rice grain is not viable. A brain-dead human on life-support is not a viable case for life, but their heart continues to beat. These policies are not "saving" lives because there is no viable life.

These are the facts, this is the science.

Religion is important to many, and your faith must be respected. However, your faith has nothing to do with American politics. Your faith is a personal journey, not a way of governing a body of people. The controversial political commentator, Tomi Lahren, tweeted against the restrictive policies being passed by states like Ohio and Alabama. Paraphrasing, she argues that the Constitution outlines the right to one's own autonomy, a right being violated by legislators throughout the nation with anti-abortion laws. Her argument is sound and makes sense. What grants one person the authority to control someone else's body?

Not only has American society misinterpreted the viability of life of a zygote, but it has also misinterpreted the meaning of pro-life.

Being pro-life does not stop after birth.

Therefore, people's decisions about choosing life should not be judged by society. Too often, our society is quick to jump on the actions of other people and shame them for choosing life. The teenager that's pregnant chose life, but her actions are shunned by society. People react in horror with stories of teen pregnancy. The mom with kids from different fathers is judged for being a slut, but she chose life as well. The single mom on welfare is shamed, but she chose life.

The problem with a pro-life argument is the major lack of support for the mother's choices.

Sure, pro-life views may align with religion or morals, but support shouldn't deplete after birth. If America will take the pro-life stance, politicians need to promote policies that improve the foster care system, welfare programs, and government assistance. One cannot force women to have children that they would have otherwise aborted and not promote infrastructures to support mothers that chose life.

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