Will the last adult leaving America, please turn out the lights.
Of course, an adult would automatically turn out the lights to save energy and lower the light bill.
Likewise, an adult would realize that the battle between our adolescent President and NFL players is kinda like high school street gangs from the 50’s.
Both sides are squared off in the street, wearing chinos and leather, each “double daring” the other to do something even more outrageous.
As might be expected they fail to look past the bravado and address the original transgression.
Twitter has become the place to scream, “Oh yeah? Yeah!”
A gang and mob mentality emerges whenever the subject of racism comes up.
Unfortunately, the adults who could break up the fight are nowhere to be found.
Our political leaders are part of the problem. Beginning at the top, their self interests have long ago taken priority over that of the country.
The police have their hands full, policing themselves. Renegade officers are out there enforcing their own brand of justice while jeopardizing the credibility of a million good cops, trying their best to do a difficult, dangerous job.
The news media, well that’s probably the only thing President Trump gets right. The media is only as good as the next, true or contrived headline.
Mike Tomlin, the Steelers head coach apparently felt it was more important to be “respectful of our football team” than to be respectful of the right, of Offensive Tackle Alejandro Villanueva, to honor the National Anthem.
Villanueva, a former Army Ranger with three tours of duty in Afghanistan, stood alone at the end of the tunnel, his hand over his heart, while the rest of the team huddled in the locker room.
Maybe we need to look to a soldier. One who knows the value of sacrifice for the better good. One who is not afraid to step up and into danger for the sake of others.
Maybe we just need a mother to give them all a time out. Take away their devices. Have them sit quietly for ten minutes alone and think about what is important in their lives and look at the real reason for their behavior.
In a “sign of unity”, team players stood, sat, kneeled, or failed to go on the field at all during the playing of the National Anthem.
Owners and the NFL who in the past have penalized players for celebrating touchdowns, taunting others and carrying sharpies in their shoes, failed to show anywhere near a unified front in addressing the behavior on the sidelines.
Fans booed, players did whatever they wanted, owners and the NFL failed to control what will no doubt become the symbol of the 2017 football season, and Donald Trump blew yet another chance to be like a president.
Lock the door when you leave, and don’t forget the lights.