Bret Stephens, a conservative New York Times columnist, recently lamented in a speech the shortcomings of civics education in the United States.
“Younger Americans seem to have no grasp of what our First Amendment says, much less the kind of speech it protects,’’ Stephens said.
The NFL stepped into the void this past weekend with a civics lesson on free speech with its protests during the national anthem about racial inequality and police violence against African-Americans.
The protests ramped up after Donald Trump criticized the protests, and many Americans agreed with Trump even though America was founded on dissent and sprotesting is part of our way of life.
Critics say protests during the national anthem are not American, but they are very American. The players aren’t showing disrespect, but respect for American ideals.
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Donald Trump has done the impossible now that he’s added the NFL to his list of bullying targets.
He’s united the NFL players and owners.
After his rant Friday night in Alabama calling for, among other things, “son of a bitches” who protest during the national anthem to be fired and for fans to leave the stadium if players protest, the reaction was swift Saturday from both owners and players.
They are together on this issue, arm-in-arm like brothers.
Commissioner Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith, the head of the NFLPA, both issued statements.
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Patriots owner Bob Kraft apparently recently gave President Trump some tax-policy advice.
The two men have long been friends, and Trump told the Wall Street Journal that Kraft gave him the advice after a recent dinner.
“Donald, don’t worry about the rich people,’’ President Trump said Kraft told him. “Tax the rich people. You’ve got to take care of the people in the country. It was a very interesting statement. I feel the same way.’’
It remains to be seen if Trump really feels the same way.
But Kraft could have given Trump some advice on being wary when dealing with Vladimir Putin.
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