Failure is success if we learn from it. – Malcolm Forbes
Welcome to Monday – the last Monday of August!
Today I take a look at:
- Colin Kaepernick
- Juneau vs. Zinke
- Lit Drop Saturday
- Florida Primary
- Trump & Immigration
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made the news Friday night. Kaepernick decided not to stand and place his hand over his heart for our country’s national anthem before a football game between the 49ers and the Green Bay Packers.
After the game, Kaepernick was asked about it and said:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
I understand and agree that Kaepernick has the freedom in this country to do this, just as someone has the freedom to burn our flag, but I don’t agree with Kaepernick’s actions. I think it’s immature and sets a bad example. It’s disrespectful. I’ve seen people agree and disagree with his actions. Some burned his jersey in anger. We’ll see how this plays out in the long run, although with the way he has played recently he may not be good enough to even be on the sidelines for a professional football game in the near future.
If you follow me on Twitter you might have seen me Tweet about our country’s athletes not respecting our flag enough to place their hand on their heart during the national anthem. You see it a lot, from the recent Olympics to NASCAR, where athletes were too excited or too damned dumb to understand what to do during our national anthem.
There are thousands of graves of men and women who fought and died for the rights that Kaepernick and the rest of us enjoy. There are millions of veterans (like this blogger) who served and several thousand members of the armed forces today who are standing watch to protect our freedoms and liberties.
Those are the same freedoms and liberties that are even extended to rich pampered immature athletes like Colin Kaepernick.
Juneau vs. Zinke:
As I mentioned on Friday there is a debate tonight between Democrat Denise Juneau and incumbent Republican Ryan Zinke. Tonight’s 7 p.m. debate is being held at the Frazer School on the Fort Peck Reservation. On Thursday there will be another debate in Billings at the Petro Theater on the Montana State University-Billings campus. It also begins at 7 p.m.
Several months ago I contacted the Zinke and Juneau campaigns for free bumper stickers to display in my commentaries. I quickly received one from Juneau:
Unfortunately, I never received one from Zinke. Since that is the case, I sanctioned a local *second-grade artist to draw one for Zinke. Here it is:
*I’m just kidding about a second-grader drawing it; it is my own work.
I don’t think it was too much to ask the Zinke campaign for a free bumper sticker. It makes me (and others wonder) if I would have received a better response if I sent him a donation for the maximum amount with my request. Team Zinke needs to learn to be responsive to requests, even from bloggers.
Lit Drop Saturday:
The Democrats were out and about on Saturday in Great Falls. I had a couple pieces of campaign literature dropped off at my house – one piece from Steve Bullock and one from Denise Juneau. So far this campaign season at my house, it’s the Democrats 3, Republicans 0.
The ground game is important in campaigns.
Please be nice to the volunteers who drop campaign literature for the candidates. I’ve put in many miles doing it and it is always nice to see a smiling face even if you don’t agree with the candidates they are promoting.
Just a reminder that the Florida Primary is Tuesday (tomorrow)! We should be paying attention because of a U.S. Senate seat and because of at least one U.S. House seat.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio should win the GOP primary battle for the U.S. Senate. On the Democratic side, U.S. Reps. Patrick Murphy and Alan Grayson will battle it out to see who takes on Rubio.
In a U.S. House primary, U.S. Rep. and former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is facing a well-financed primary opponent, Tim Canova, a law professor, who is supported by Bernie Sanders.
The Associated Press has more details HERE.
Trump & Immigration:
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is having a little problem explaining his views on immigration. I almost started this column with, if it’s Monday, then Donald Trump will have a new view on immigration.
Trump’s view on immigration has seemed to change and even mirror the views of his former opponents, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.
This morning the hashtag #AmnestyDon was trending on Twitter.
The New York Times explains the problems Trump is having HERE. Supposedly Trump will give a major speech on immigration this week, unless that changes, too.