US Marine Colonel Writes Letter to NFL …A rebuttal
Posted in : Opinion:
- On : Sep 19, 2016
USMC Colonel (Retired) Jeffrey A. Powers wrote what has been described as a “Scathing” Letter to NFL Commissioner.
Here are some comments (in blue)
I’ve been a season pass holder at Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl and Giants Stadium.
I missed the ’90-’91 season because I was with a battalion of Marines in Desert Storm. 14 of my wonderful Marines returned home with the American Flag draped across their lifeless bodies. My last conversation with one of them, Sgt Garrett Mongrella, was about how our Giants were going to the Super Bowl. He never got to see it.
>>>>I’m sorry for your loss and even more sorry that you and others were sent to fight, kill and die based on lies. I’m very sorry but the fact that the US drapes coffins in a flag doesn’t make a flag any more special. It’s simply a propaganda tactic designed to you get you to focus on symbols.
Many friends, Marines, and Special Forces Soldiers who worked with or for me through the years returned home with the American Flag draped over their coffins.
>>>>As long as the politicians have you focusing on symbols like this it makes you less likely to ask questions like “Why are were there?” or “What is the mission?” Politicians don’t want you focused on this, they want you angry about songs or cloth.
Now I watch multi-millionaire athletes who never did anything in their lives but play a game, disrespect what brave Americans fought and died for.
>>>>Who said they never did anything with their lives? First off, you felt their services were worthwhile enough that you paid your salary (our tax dollars paid you) to buy season tickets for two different pro sports and one college season. Clearly society places a high value on what athletes do on the field or they would not be able to earn those salaries you seem so bitterly annoyed about.
Aside from playing the games you love, do you really feel they have done “nothing”? There are athletes who run charities, have earned PhDs, run businesses and much more.
Are you so egotistical and self-centered that you think only someone who served in the military has done something with their life? In your mind are you better than not only NFL players but doctors, gas station workers, carpenters or computer programmers? What kind of world do you live in where signing up to serve politicians makes you so much better than everyone else?
(By the way, the other reason they tell you that you serve “the flag” is because it sounds a lot better than the truth which is that you serve “politicians”. Its politicians who send your Marines to fight, kill and die. Not a flag. It just sounds worse if you say that you serve politicians because we know they are flawed humans.)
They are essentially spitting in the faces and on the graves of real men, men who have actually done something for this country beside playing with a ball and believing they’re something special! They’re not! My Marines and Soldiers were!
>>>>Really? This is a tired old line. It’s used very often but doesn’t stand up to logical scrutiny. You have wrapped your identity us so much in singing a special song and a piece of cloth that you think someone who disrespects this is “spitting in your face”?
C’mon Colonel, that’s ridiculous.
And please stop with the “I’m special” crap. You aren’t any more special than any other American. I get how things like the $5.5 million the DoD spent to have people stand at NFL games and call veterans “heroes” can go to one’s head, you are told that you are special so often that you now believe it. This isn’t a military dictatorship and you are not a super citizen. If you can’t make your point without trying to use your service as some sort of one-uppsmanship punch line, then maybe your point isn’t that great.
You are complicit in this! You’ll fine players for large and small infractions but you lack the moral courage and respect for our nation and the fallen to put an immediate stop to this.
>>>>Actually, moral courage is to stand against what peer pressure and propaganda tell us to do. Again you are equating a song and piece of cloth with “our nation”. When that symbol means so much to you, then things like the freedoms we are supposed to embody become second rate.
Yes, I know, it’s their 1st Amendment right to behave in such a despicable manner.
>>>>The 1st Amendment only exists to prevent government action against people who others feel are using speech in “a despicable manner”. Otherwise we wouldn’t need an amendment design to limit government interference with it.
What would happen if they came out and disrespected you or the refs publicly?
I observed a player getting a personal foul for twerking in the end zone after scoring. I guess that’s much worse than disrespecting the flag and our National Anthem. Hmmmm, isn’t it his 1st Amendment right to express himself like an idiot in the end zone?
>>>>Do you see a difference between in-game rules and something that is not part of the game at all?
Why is taunting not allowed yet taunting America is OK? You fine players for wearing 9-11 commemorative shoes yet you allow scum on the sidelines to sit, kneel or pump their pathetic fist in the air. They are so deprived with their multi-million dollar contracts for playing a freaking game!
>>>>Again with the drama. This is “taunting America”? Listen to yourself yell like a spoiled child because people disrespect your special song.
You are honestly calling for an employer to punish employees because they don’t respect the flag and singing the song the way you do. Think how silly this is for a moment. Would you want all employers to do this? MLB, NBA? How about Wal Mart? If a Wal Mart employee doesn’t feel the same way you do should they be fired?
What you don’t get is that you can’t force people to respect you. You can’t beat them into it or fine them into it. You want respect? Earn it. Acting like a spoiled child and demanding punishment over singing your song doesn’t earn it. Calling yourself “special” or a “hero” doesn’t earn it and no, I’m sorry but putting on a uniform and fighting in a bad war doesn’t do it either…no matter how much you lose. You want respect then do something beyond propaganda…or at least mind your own business and let people be free to do as they wish.
You condone it all by your refusal to act. You’re just as bad and disgusting as they are. I hope Americans boycott any sponsor who supports that rabble you call the NFL. I hope they turn off the TV when any team that allowed this disrespect to occur, without consequence, on the sidelines. I applaud those who have not.
>>>>Boycotts are great, they are a free and voluntary way to push for change. I suspect one reason you are so upset is because you don’t really want to boycott the “freaking game”.
Legends and heroes do NOT wear shoulder pads. They wear body armor and carry rifles.
>>>>Who said they were legends and heroes? I didn’t see the protestors call themselves heroes. Did you? The only one I see puffing his chest out and calling himself a hero and demanding to be treated like they are “special” (your words) is you and those like you.
And who on earth cares if they are a hero anyway? Being a banker or garbage collector or actor doesn’t make someone a hero in itself either. Yet they also have a human right to speak, or not stand, when they want to.
You are correct, putting on shoulder pads does not make someone a hero. But I have some hard news for you: putting on body armor and enlisting alone doesn’t make you a hero either. The dictionary says a hero is someone known for outstanding achievements or noble qualities. Putting on a uniform so you can bully others and tell the taxpayers who paid your salary for 20 years that you are “special” doesn’t cut it. There are of course heroes in the service, there are also kids who only enlisted because they were fed a line of bull by a recruiter, there are even bad guys who wear a uniform. The uniform alone doesn’t make you a hero.
They make minimum wage and spend months and years away from their families. They don’t do it for an hour on Sunday. They do it 24/7 often with lead, not footballs, coming in their direction. They watch their brothers carted off in pieces not on a gurney to get their knee iced. They don’t even have ice! Many don’t have legs or arms.
>>>>Yes, this sucks. You should take up your complaints with the mass of flag waving fools who cheer for continual war with no Constitutional purpose and the politicians who keep sending troops to kill and die for lies and corporate cronies.
Some wear blue and risk their lives daily on the streets of America. They wear fire helmets and go upstairs into the fire rather than down to safety. On 9-11, hundreds vanished. They are the heroes.
>>>>Huh? What does this have to do with players not standing during your special song? Please don’t reply with “If you don’t get it you won’t understand” I’m genuinely curious.
Are you listening to yourself? Are you honestly saying that because people don’t stand during your special song they are disrespecting fire fighters? Really? Do you just appropriate your song and symbol to everything good. Are the NFL protestors also disrespecting doctors and teachers? Gimme a break.
I hope that your high paid protesting pretty boys and you look in that mirror when you shave tomorrow and see what you really are, legends in your own minds. You need to hit the road and take those worms with you!
>>>>Again angry at the pay of people who you choose to pay your money to (which you were paid from taxes they paid)…who didn’t call themselves legends because they have hurt your feelings. Cognitive dissonance on top of cognitive dissonance.
Time to change the channel.
>>>>Go for it. But, if you really want to make a difference, change the channel from the mass media marketing machine that sends your former fellow Marines to die for corporations and lies.