Colin Kaepernick (the great American patriot) could not resist the temptation to add his commentary and opinion to the killing of terrorist Qassam Soleimani. Kaepernick has one of the most arrogant, abrasive personalities that I’ve ever seen, yet he wants to blame all of his woes (and much of the world’s woes as well) on racism. His response to the Soleimani killing was, “There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against black and brown people for the expansion of American imperialism.” Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of over 600 American service members and countless other people within Iraq, Syria and even his own country. If anyone deserved to die, this man deserved to die a slow and painful death. I know racism still exists in America but some (apparently Colin is among them) want to blame all their failures on the racist actions of others instead of a personal lack of commitment and hard work. Colin has lived a privileged life and has sacrificed NOTHING for the good of his country or others. He is a selfish, self-absorbed narcissist who has achieved more wealth and fame than 99% of Americans, yet he complains about America. I’ve got news for Colin, poverty and imperfection are not limited to any given skin color. Many Caucasians do not achieve success in life, so what is responsible for their failure? There are many factors that determine a person’s qualifications for a position. Apparently Colin blames his inability to land a position with an NFL team on his political positions. As a quarterback Kaepernick may have the raw skills yet lack the leadership traits necessary to be a successful NFL quarterback. Who wants to play with a selfish, arrogant jerk? As an employee of a company or a team, you don’t get to make up the rules.
I personally don’t care whether Colin ever plays football again. My issue with him is the lack of respect for our flag and national anthem. Our flag represents all the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our freedoms. I served our country in uniform and was fortunate to not make the ultimate sacrifice. Those of us who are survivors honor our brothers and sisters who didn’t return home to their loved ones. Gold Star families have suffered an irreplaceable loss and they are the ones most offended when Colin and others disrespect the flag. The 1% who volunteer for military service know that death is a risk, but feel that freedom is worth the price. If Colin hates our country so much (and America is so racist), why doesn’t he emigrate to another country? We don’t force people to serve in the military and anyone who hates America shouldn’t feel obligated to stay. In fact we don’t need outspoken anti-American media figures like Kaepernick distorting the minds of young people about the morality of America. There is a reason that people are risking their lives every day in an effort to reach America. To quote an old expression, “Love it or leave it.”