San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently refused to stand for the national anthem before an NFL exhibition game. Should Kaepernick be asked to apologize, be fined, and asked to sit out games or be forced to leave the NFL?

Owatonna, MN Correspondent-Ever since the tragedy of 9/11 and its resultant knee-jerk reactions of revenge, declaration of war on terrorism, and an emphasis on patriotism, outsized attention has been given to perceived acts of disrespect to America and so-called American values. We started singing “God Bless America” at sporting events. We put an emphasis on thanking our military members for their service. Patriotic songs such as “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood gained new popularity. Celebrities seemed to fall all over themselves to show support for the wars in the Middle East. Continue reading