It’s reassuring to know that “others” are out there, separate from our kind. Helps us to feel more secure, part of an identifiable group whose members are closer kin to us. And, therefore, better than those others.
Recently, relations between the United States and Turkey broke down to the point where both sides have canceled visas for visits to each other, and we’re one step away from breaking all diplomatic ties with one of our NATO allies. Many, from Turkey’s leader to several Trump critics, have blamed President Donald Trump for the mess. They’re wrong.
Kneeling at the beautiful sound of our National Anthem is not a group of people protesting our military. The NFL has been blasted and their PR pros are trying to deflect that assertion, largely due to the loss of revenue and viewers.
Dead service members and their families deserve recognition and respect, both from presidents and the American people. Active duty military also deserve a clear mission and the commitment of a nation to their service, fight, and future.