What if I told you that even a concept as inherently "good" as unification could be turned into a heaping load of hypocritical horseshit? What if I told you that 'togetherness' was only a one way street that led directly to the comfort and satisfaction of those who are just a little too used to being comfortable and satisfied? What if I told you that a house divided is only praiseworthy when that division continues to give one historically vocal side their (obnoxiously loud, repetitive) voice? Actually, screw the what if's, because Drew Brees can unintentionally imply that for me...
Obviously I take no umbrage with a veteran honoring the flag the only way he's ever known how, but is it not completely ass backwards to cry for "unity" and also heap praise on the ONE guy that decided to break apart from 52 of his teammates in order to do what he felt right? The people that actively place some alternative, fabricated meaning on something as harmless - and well explained, ad nauseam - as the taking of a knee have begun to treat it as a blow to some fictitious sense of solidarity (because their first 47 justifications for feeling so irrationally upset fell flat). Yet, they'll treat Alejandro Villanueva like a hero for blowing off an organizationally orchestrated boycotting of the National Anthem?
Now, Alejandro Villanueva is - indeed - a hero. However, he earned that label by putting his life on the line for the rights granted by the First Amendment, not by becoming a pillar of self righteousness to people who are more mad about a non-violent response to police brutality than police brutality itself. What he did by standing in salute of the flag from that tunnel was exercise self expression, just like a countless number of his peers did in refusing to succumb to a threat made towards their job security by the dumbest, most divisive political leader of the last dozen lifetimes.
Simply put, if a uniformed response to a fucking song really is undeniably symbolic of 'unity' then Alejandro Villanueva is just as guilty of compromising it as Colin Kaepernick initially was.
So let's stop acting like those that agree with Trump's dismissal of a socially aware athlete as a "son of a bitch" are truly concerned that their insanely illusionary view of America as "great again(?)" might get distorted, when we all know the backlash is the result of something much more self serving being threatened.
Hint: it doesn't not rhyme with 'schmivilege' and/or 'schmissful schmignorance'.