Semper FI

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August 30, 2016

Mr. Colin Kaepernick
Levi’s Stadium
4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Dear Colin,

You are right, the issue is bigger than football and it is self-seeking on your part to look the other way and sit during the playing of the national anthem.

The pre-game anthem and salute to our flag is a commemoration of the greatest nation ever known to man and the freedoms it protects, and we as citizens enjoy.

Colin – selfishness – your narrow mindedness has shown that you do not respect the country that provides you with the freedom to disrespect it … instead you chose to not only use a stage that is bigger than you to convey an unsupported and false claim, but also show an impertinence that belies your capitalist inclination to sustain yourself off the same republic you – now irrevocably – disrespect and apparently disdain.

Colin, you may wonder what the flag means to the majority of Americans … I suggest you contemplate Ruth Apperson Rous’s “I am the Flag,” quoted in part:

“My colors symbolize the patriotic ideals and spiritual qualities of the citizens of my country; My white stripes stand for liberty and equality for all; I represent these eternal principles: liberty, justice, and humanity; I embody American freedom: freedom of speech, religion, assembly, the press, and the sanctity of the home; I am a living symbol of my nation’s law: the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights; I am your title deed of freedom, which is yours to enjoy and hold in trust for posterity; and If you fail to keep this sacred trust inviolate, if I am nullified and destroyed, you and your children will become slaves to dictators and despots; Eternal vigilance is your price of freedom; and As you see me silhouetted against the peaceful skies of my country, remind yourself that I am the flag of your country, that I stand for what you are – no more, no less.”

Colin, for your information, there are bodies of citizens who have died … died for the freedoms you so now despise. If you choose, you can visit these citizens at any number of cemeteries overseas in places like the Ardennes, Belleau Wood, Saipan, Flanders Field, Florence, Brookwood; Rhone, Guadalcanal, Lorraine, Manilla, Normandy, Sicily, North Africa, and the Meuse-Argonne.

In the continental United States you can visit national cemeteries with names such as Shiloh, Alabama, Andersonville, Willamette, Alton, Annapolis, Antietam, Bakersfield, Balls Bluff, Wilmington, Stones River, Woodlawn, Yorktown, Vicksburg, Quantico, New Albany, Seven Pines, or in your own backyard, Golden Gate National Military Cemetery.

Colin, to paraphrase a few lines from the movie a “Few Good Men,” you have the luxury of not knowing what the heroes of America have sacrificed so you can live the life you lead.

For those of us who have served and respect the United States, the American flag, and what they represent, and all the heroes past and future that have and will keep us free, I say to you, we have neither the time nor the inclination to further explain this to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom our heroes and our country provide.

Colin, you don’t even have the decency to say thank you to a country that has given you the freedom to enjoy what you have. Enjoy your freedom.

Semper FI
Jack Bu
Former Sergeant of Marines

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Coward Colin Kaepernick

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