Freedom and the Red, White, and Brood

Recently I had someone reach out to me and express their strong opposition to my stance on the NFL protesters who have decided to kneel for the Anthem. They wrote that it has nothing to do with the flag, Anthem or military. They wrote that for me to make that connection would be like trying…

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