The Patriots

Questioning the patriotism of the NFL players who chose to kneel during the national anthem misses the point. The issue is not about patriotism, it's about human rights. This is what motivated these players to express themselves in one of the most effective ways possible, as evidenced by the attention their actions garnered. Claiming they are unpatriotic conveniently sidesteps the real issues that need to be addressed.

Does the NFL have the right to penalize players who don't follow protocol? Maybe they do, since the players are obligated to uphold the code of conduct of the organization they represent. Can they be fired for their behavior? Maybe. Should they be fired?

These men worked very hard to get to where they are today, the pinnacle of professional sports. They had no obligation to risk their careers for a cause of far greater importance. Ultimately they will be viewed as heroes, men who had the courage to take a stand for their beliefs, truths that are self evident. They are the real patriots.