When your message gets lost in the divisive delivery

“No one cares what you have to say, if you don’t know how to say it.” I must have heard that phrase a dozen times a month growing up. My father often defended the content of my argument and at the same time criticized my delivery.

President Trump and others need to pay attention.

I don’t always disagree with his message, but it’s hard to overcome the delivery to appreciate the content.

His messages get lost in his divisive delivery.

There are many examples but let’s focus on the President’s comments regarding the National Anthem. This Anthem and our Pledge of Allegiance predate the Trump Presidency. To not stand and place your hand over your heart is not a political statement against the president, it is an offensive attack on our country and all the men and women who fight for it.

That is my opinion.

The Anthem and our Pledge of Allegiance are not about one man, but about one great country.

The President demanding the firing of NFL players for kneeling instead of standing during the Anthem was an example of saying something the wrong way. His words are divisive.  

You don’t just tell someone what they are doing is wrong, you explain why.

This isn’t the Apprentice, Mr. President. You can’t just shout the words “You’re Fired” and think you are being a leader.

“Don’t fight fire with fire,” was another famous Sabri saying. That is exactly what Trump does. He is not defusing the disdain people have for him; he is fueling it.

That is unfortunately what Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue did when she posted on Facebook calling the NFL players who knelt for the pledge “a bunch of rich, entitled, arrogant, ungrateful, anti-American degenerates.”

Everyone has an opinion and the right to have it and the freedom to speak it.  It is what makes this country great.

I don’t agree with the NFL players kneeling. It’s my opinion.  I view the boycott offensive to the men and women who fight for our freedom that enables us to sing that Anthem.

If you are protesting police brutality, why use the National Anthem to do so? The National Anthem is a tribute to the entire country and our armed forces, not police officers only.

I respect their right to protest. I just don’t agree with the manner in which the NFL players are protesting this issue.

Again, that is my opinion. I would rather hear an intelligent discussion on the issue than name calling and finger pointing.

However, when you are the President of the United States, or a Colonel in a police department, you are held to a higher standard.  There are ways to express your opinion without creating a further divide.

Perhaps both have valid points when it comes to kneeling when the Anthem is sung, but no one cares if you don’t know how to express that opinion with dignity and respect.

Mr. President, the NFL players shouldn’t be fired and Col. Etue, they are not degenerates.  They are football players who made a decision that some of us don’t agree with and that is okay.

I respect their decision and I expect people to respect my opinion when delivered in an appropriate and mature way.

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