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  1. sueamarlucan

    sueamarlucan said, about 9 hours ago

    While not mandatory, it is a sure sign of respect for those that have sacrificed so that we can have the freedom to protest. Extremes at both ends of the spectrum do nothing but spawn more ugliness.

  2. midaswelby

    midaswelby said, about 9 hours ago

    No, it’s not mandatory. Government can’t tell him to do it and his team apparently won’t. But we’re also free. Free to laugh at him and call him an ungrateful, foolish, childish, selfish idiot, and more.

  3. superposition

    superposition said, about 9 hours ago

    That’s one opinion, here’s a discussion of both sides.
    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/10/why-many-americans-are-averse-to-unironic-expressions-of-patriotism/280317/

  4. fritzoid

    fritzoid GoComics PRO Member said, about 8 hours ago

    @sueamarlucan

    Are you saying that we should respect the freedom to protest by not actually protesting?

  5. dchavers

    dchavers said, about 8 hours ago

    Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s thoughtful take on this:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2016/08/30/insulting-colin-kaepernick-says-more-about-our-patriotism-than-his/?utm_term=.f84625d1ecaf

    There will always be an issue of race in this country. Prejudice does not recognize skin color. Social, economic and a plethora of issues, have combined and will continue to make race a world-wide issue.

    At least Kaepernick didn’t shoot anyone…

  6. shunting

    shunting said, about 7 hours ago

    You dishonor the sacrifice of those who died for our freedoms by suggesting that someone shouldn’t protest what they disagree with.

  7. Ken M

    Ken M GoComics PRO Member said, about 7 hours ago

    The thing about freedom is that it certainly does give the individual a lot of room to behave in a variety of ways, but it doesn’t mean you can do it without undesirable results. There is a cultural norm, in the realm of patriotism and respect, and stepping outside of that norm can be tricky.

  8. Crow Nobo

    Crow Nobo said, about 7 hours ago

    All things not forbidden are compulsory.

  9. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, about 7 hours ago

    @sueamarlucan

    Then why are members of the armed services coming out in support of him?
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    http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2016/08/31/service-members-come-out-support-colin-kaepernick-protest/axsKZ3Jhlz8ZsriFkLFpIL/story.html
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    They’ve even created a Twitter hastag, #veteransforkaepernick
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    But then Republicans have always been screaming hypocrites when it comes to respecting the troops, they lose it when Obama salutes a pair of Marines while holding a cup of coffee and just gush over their he-ro Donald Trump when he slanders a gold-star family and disparages John McCain’s war record..

  10. mwbarr

    mwbarr GoComics PRO Member said, about 6 hours ago

    No, patriotism is not mandatory, nor should it be. That said, it’s difficult to imagine a less meaningful “protest” than refusing to stand for the national anthem. It costs Kaepernick nothing and requires no effort. Has Kaepernick donated any of his tremendous earnings to the causes he proposes to espouse? Has he advocated for his beliefs at any time before his “protest” by taking any kind of meaningful action that wasn’t recorded by TV cameras?

    A protest is meaningless unless it involves some risk on the part of the protestor.

  11. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 6 hours ago

    Free to be just like me. Or else!

  12. superposition

    superposition said, about 6 hours ago

    Legal Definition of freedom. 1 : the quality or state of being free: as a : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b : liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another c : the quality or state of being exempt or released from something onerous.

    www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freedom

    I’m sure, if you ask the different factions within and between political parties, you will get different connotative interpretations of the legal definition of freedom. We were warned by many of the founders that this would happen if political parties were allowed to exist creating an “us” and “them”.
    Our Congress was designed to consider issues and compromise, not become immobilized by polar views of each and every issue … down to the connotative meaning of individual words.

  13. furnituremaker

    furnituremaker said, about 3 hours ago

    Actually, the Supreme Court upheld the right of refusal to salute the flag, say the pledge of alegience (sp) and a lot of other things, so where do the naysayers get off?

  14. omQ R

    omQ R said, about 2 hours ago

    @superposition

    Thanks for pointing out that article.

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