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Checking up on Colin Kaepernick

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By John M. Crisp

All Americans have a stake in what becomes of a fellow citizen who encounters consequences for exercising our highly prized right to speak freely. So let's check on Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick is the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who chose to kneel during the national anthem before some National Football League games. Evidently it cost him his career.

This seems patently un-American. The right to express ourselves as we see fit regardless of what others think is fundamental. Whether you or I agree with Kaepernick is irrelevant.

In fact, the right to say and do what we want is so fundamental that I prefer to believe that it pre-dates and transcends the Constitution. It's just part of what it means to be an American.

But Kaepernick wasn't punished for what he did ― kneeling ― but, rather, for what he declined to do, standing for the anthem. It's a distinction worth noting. NFL owners, his fellow citizens and even the president of the United States demanded that Kaepernick act in a particular compliant way if he........

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