D.J. Daleen’s letter endorsing President Trump’s opposition to NFL players’ actions during our national anthem is based on an irrelevant point that Mr. Daleen terms “the ignorant generality of social justice.”
The relevant point is that the president’s comments at a political rally last week in Huntsville, Ala., directly contradict the oath of office he swore on Jan. 20, which is to preserve, protect and defend the U.S. Constitution.
Trump’s advice that NFL owners fire players who kneel during our national anthem is illegal bluster. Most everyone knows that if owners followed this advice, they would be acting in direct contradiction to the right of free speech guaranteed under our Constitution’s First Amendment.
While 99.9 percent of Americans revere our national anthem, freely choose to stand when it is played, and do not particularly like seeing NFL players do otherwise, the athletes’ right to kneel rather than stand — while perhaps distasteful — is a constitutional guarantee.
Upholding constitutional protections, including those that cover generally unpopular actions, should not be upstaged by our president’s personal opinions, even in hyped political settings.
St. Simons Island