Persuasive Essay On The National Anthem

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Controversy is currently plaguing the nation as arguments concerning the President’s comments toward the NFL players that didn’t attend the singing of the nation anthem and those who kneeled during the singing. Many people believe he is suppressing, or otherwise putting an end to, the natural rights of these player as he stated, @realDonaldTrump “ ...our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU 'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!” Twitter, 23 Sep. 2017, 11:18 a.m. In order to fully understand if he is indeed terminating their rights, one must apprehend the meaning of natural rights. Natural rights, otherwise known as ‘God given rights”, are rights that people possess under natural law and are the therefore unable to be taken away. A few commonly known natural rights are life, liberty, and property. In response to Trump’s criticism, it was stated, “Those kids have every right to protest” (Middlemas). The 92- year old WWII veteran from Missouri exemplifies that not only are the football players…show more content…
Fire or suspend!”. The Constitution of the United States of America does not state that the players must stand for the national anthem, neither does the NFL rules and regulations handbook. However, it is stated,
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances” (Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, Taft-Hartley Act).That statement establishes that no one can infringe upon the rights of people to exercise their freedom of speech. Therefore, people can responsibly say and do as they please as long as no rules or laws are
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