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Ideas contrary to Mr. Meade’s beliefs do not equate to anarchy

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To The Daily Sun,

In a recent Bob Meade column, he makes excuses for Trump’s attacks on our First Amendment rights by presenting a convoluted dissertation on what you “can” and what you “should” do. It appears that Meade is suggesting that Trump, because their actions do not conform to his beliefs, “should” be telling black athletes what they “should” do or not do. Are we to understand that Trump, Meade and other conservatives are to decide what these men “should” do? And if they don’t comply, conservatives become indignant and want them benched, fined or even fired.

Out of ignorance, it’s very easy and convenient for conservatives to pontificate and claim these athletes are demonstrating out of disrespect for the flag, anthem, military, etc., but in reality they have no idea. I do not presume to speak for these athletes, but my research has shown, despite what Trump says, that they are not kneeling out of disrespect, but are demonstrating to reflect what they perceive as racial and social inequality and a broken justice system which needs reform.

Mr. Meade, always the alarmist, goes on to falsely suggest that these demonstrations hurt attendance and revenues of the NFL, which may lead to “the entire league as we now know it to cease to exist.” I’m not sure how closely Mr. Meade follows the NFL, but, although the league has been king when it comes to total revenue for professional sports, they have been steadily losing fan attendance. Last year, the average NFL game drew just 64,698 fans, the lowest average since 1998. This drop of fan attendance has been going on for a while — long before anyone “took a knee.”

What would a conservative editorial or letter be without an attack on the Clintons and Obama; Meade doesn’t disappoint. In his latest conspiracy theory, he claims that Obama is enlisting thousands in an effort attempting to disrupt “our governmental process” and “challenging” anyone who does not agree with his “far-left” ideology.

Organizing for Action, this group of “anarchists” that Meade alludes to, is a nonprofit 501(c) 4 organization and community organizing project that advocates for the agenda of the former president. It is nonpartisan, but its agenda and policies are strongly allied with the Democratic Party. The group seeks to mobilize supporters in favor of liberal legislative priorities. While it may advocate for legislation it is prohibited from specifically supporting political candidates.

This organization is not unlike conservative organizations that strive to advance the goals and principals of conservatism. Conservative groups such as The American Conservative Union, Freedom Works, John Birch Society, Tea Party, etc. all advocate for political change in favor of their ideologies. They will support political candidates and often sponsor protests in opposition to the government in power.

We are indeed fortunate to live in a country that allows us to question and challenge our government; these are integral precepts of our democracy. How unfortunate that if opposing views do not comport with those of Mr. Meade — it’s called anarchy.

There is much to be said for considering the merits of both sides of the ideological divide in our country. Good ideas come from conservatives, as well as liberals. But with inflammatory rhetoric and conspiracy theories we have become engaged, not so much in a struggle of ideas, as in incessant disingenuous fear mongering and lies attempting to smash anyone with opposing views.

Robert Miller
Alton