Americanism - where has it gone?

Oct. 10, 2017 at 4:12 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Some NFL players believe and are making a few Americans believe that taking a knee while paying tribute to our nation will solve social and/or racial injustice. Taking a knee - is that all they are going to do? Because it is all they are doing.

We all need to do more reading about the real struggle for freedom. Those who died gave their life for not only a cause they believed in but the future of a nation and a dream of a better way of life. The fight is not over. Men and women have been fighting for social injustice for 10,000 years and may continue for another 10,000. The United States has made a good start of it, and we will have to fight to keep it - at least those willing to stand on a wall proclaiming, "This we will defend."

I served my country as a soldier and a peace officer. Now I have three sons doing the same. There is a time, a manner and a place to speak out. I don't know what your mother taught you, but I learned better.

Instead of taking a knee, why don't they take some of that money they make and start a business, put some people to work. In this world, it has always been the haves and have-nots. The have-nots have been on the porch waiting for a free handout, not willing to work. The haves are the ones who started out working, earning, saving. They can hold their heads high with pride, knowing they earned in an honest way. President Franklin Roosevelt got this country back on track in the 1930s during the Great Depression, but not with free handouts. He developed a program called the New Deal and put people back to work - a dirty four-letter word to some, like lazy is to me.

Get off your knee and do something about this thing you call injustice. But while you're still on your knee doing nothing but waiting for an answer, say a prayer to God Almighty for guidance and direction. Don't be the one who yells, "Something needs to be done!" Be the one who says, "We've got a problem, and here is a solution." Give it a try. It works!

Kevin B. Bright, U.S. Army, SFC, Retired, Hallettsville


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