My heart is saddened over what happened this weekend. I have many friends and family that are posting volumes of pictures of disabled veterans who have defended our flag and country. Their emotional pleas state that these veterans are the reason we should fire all the football players who are kneeling at the games. They are fully supporting Trumps harmful and thoughtless statements and I have sat by and not said a word. 

They will not support my opinion and that is totally fine with me. This is the United States of America and I have a right to express my feelings just as they have loudly shared this weekend and for the last three years. 

I fully support my country and I am proud of our strong history of helping citizens around our planet. I respect the flag and national anthem and would stand for hours to show that. However, the very foundation of what our founding fathers fought and died for hundreds of years ago, is exactly what we are seeing play out at these games. I think our founders would be shocked and saddened to see how thoughtless and ill-informed our current President is. He has tweeted and trampled on what makes our country a democracy. 

The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) latest Democracy Index 2016 showed that the United States is no longer in the world’s top ten strongest democracies.  According to this study, the US is now a “flawed democracy.” This dramatic decline is primarily because the US has been demoted as a result of low public confidence around the world in our government leaders. How far down the list has the United States slipped to? 16. That’s right. The US is no longer a strong democracy because the world has such low confidence in our government. 

Many of our citizens have such myopic vision that it keeps them from seeing our country like the rest of the world views us. They are so tied to party loyalty that they refuse to see the truth. Some of them are my friends and family and will hate what I have written here. But it’s time to know the truth about the Facebook posts that you share with the world.

Our country was founded for one reason. Read you history books from high school. Freedom. Freedom of religion. Freedom to make your own choices. Freedom to vote for who you want without ridicule or threat. Freedom without the threat of being fired for standing up for what you believe in. 

We are the only nation in the world that was formed on the belief that all men and women are created equal and are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; and that our government is committed to protecting those rights for everyone. Our country was formed for ALL the people. It was formed BY ALL the people. Our government’a power comes from THE PEOPLE. This is the very definition of democracy. 

Something that President Trump has threatened to destroy since he started on the campaign trail and continues to do every time he tweets out something idiotic with little thought to what our nation was founded on. Protection from oppression. Protection to stand up for what you believe in. Protection to make your own choices on everything. 

Shame on you President Trump for your abuse of power reserved for the hallowed office that you hold. You are slowly destroying the foundation of democracy in the United States. I hope that people will stand together and remind you that you work for us. You work for me. You work for each of the football players kneeling on the ground. 


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