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Letter: Kaepernick enjoys benefits being an American affords

Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, suggested former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick should consider moving to another country if he is unhappy with the United States.

When asked to weigh in on the controversy over Nike sneakers with a Revolutionary War-era flag, Brooks told SiriusXM Patriot’s Breitbart News Tonight that Kaepernick “ought to consider moving to a country where he believes the laws are better for his purposes.”

While it is Kaepernick’s right to his opinion, because of his NFL status and endorsements, he has quite a bit of pull when he has forced Nike to decide to remove an American flag symbol from sneakers he deems offensive. Ironic since his ability to spend his multiple-figure American currency adorned with patriotic and religious icons does not seem to bother him one bit. He has taken up the self-appointed role of champion for a 250-plus years old argument about slavery that no longer exists.

Kaepernick should be made aware that throwing money at poverty will never erase lack of motivation or low self-esteem, nor will it improve upon lack of inertia for those content to stay on social services.

It cannot be the blame of one culture if another refuses to wean themselves off handouts turning what was intended to be a helping hand into a legacy passed from one generation to the next.

The fault lies with congressmen and women who are content to keep their districts in poverty and dependent upon government as a means of preying upon the weak for votes.

This dangling of the carrot each election year raises the hopes of the poor in exchange for votes.

This was all started with Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society aimed more at gaining votes than providing any meaningful relief.

Kaepernick’s intentions may be pure but his actions are totally misdirected. Perhaps he and the tax-exempt NFL that allowed this to happen without showing a patriotic spine should go to another country where socialism has taken root like Venezuela.

Maybe then the grass won’t look so much greener on the other side of the fence.

Charles Carter

Akron

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