Let's start with the National Football League and all those people who are bent out of shape because some players refuse to stand when they play the National Anthem at the beginning of the game and instead go down on one knee in protest.
It started with Colin Kaepernick and then, of course, President Buttinsky Trump took over and declared that any player who didn't honor the flag should be skinned alive, or something like that.
And the next thing you know there were more people on their knees than in the Oval Office during the heyday of the Bill Clinton White House years.
Here's my answer. The players have a perfect right to protest and not salute the flag during the playing of the National Anthem. It's their right as Americans. A lot of good men and women fought and died in wars to give them that right.
The players have a right to refuse to salute the flag, but the National Football League doesn't have any obligation to show them protesting.
It's no longer a news story. They have made their point. So why don't we ask the television stations who are covering football games to stop showing the protest and to instead train their cameras on the scoreboard, where each team in every city will show scenes of the flag being raised on Iwo Jima . . .the flag on 9/11 . . . pictures from World War II of the flag and the heroes who fought and died for the flag.
I'm offering my services and would love to put that film together free of charge.
Let every team's scoreboard feature the great Ray Charles singing "America the Beautiful" while showing historical scenes of Americans honoring the flag.
Let's have peace between those who love and those who don't love our flag.
In Los Angles, in 1963, there was a sign next to a West Hollywood comedy club that read, "This is where they busted Lenny Bruce for talking."
Yes, there was a time in the United States when, if you used language in a nightclub act that some people thought was obscene, they arrested you and fined you and you spent a few days in jail.
It was a scary time.
I thought about that sign when I read about Anthony Weiner recently being sentenced to 21 months in a federal prison.
He is a creepy pervert. I wish him nothing but a life in hell for all the damage he's done to himself and his family and others.
That being said, I'm now going to say something that will anger most of the readers of this column.
Anthony Weiner never should have been sentenced by a federal judge to 21 months in jail for sex-texting with a 15-year-old girl.
At no time in this "relationship" was he within a hundred miles of her.
The 15-year-old girl initially contacted Weiner through a direct message on Twitter in January 2016. Weiner and the girl continued to communicate on social media sites, including Facebook Messenger, Skype, Kik, Confide, and Snapchat.
Yes, Anthony Weiner did much worse than just talk. He exposed himself on the internet to this young girl, and to scores of women of all ages. But he never came within miles of all the women to whom he was sending pictures of his pathetic penis.
Creeps like Weiner use the internet because they're afraid of women.
Creeps like Weiner wind up killing themselves because they cannot face life.
But this was an excessive sentence.
And, more important, why is the federal government involved?
I would have convicted Weiner of a misdemeanor in New York City and sent him away for 60 days to Rikers Island, where he would go without a shower because of his fear that a 300-pound thug named "Tiny" was waiting to sexually assault him in the shower.
But not the federal government.
Never the federal government.
I'm convinced that this is a slippery slope.
We start with perverts like Weiner, and next we start sending people to jail because they spoke out against government officials on the internet.
A federal jail?
Hitler started by arresting gypsies because everyone in Germany hated them the way we hate flashers like Weiner. Hitler didn't stop there. He was the government and he made all the rules.
You may not agree with me, but did you see Donald Trump making jokes and throwing packages of Bounty paper towels to starving Puerto Ricans the other day?
Like it or not, he is our government.
Are you sure that Donald and his government will protect your rights in the future?
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