I was born and raised in a communist country, and I was taught to hate my government and to love my country. That was because my parents and family understood, that
Your government ≠ your country,
Country or nation and a government are completely different entities. (Some could argue that government is a part of the nation, but because sometimes governments work against the interest of the nations, I will stick with “completely different entities”) When you disrespect your country’s flag or national anthem, even if you think you are flipping the government or president off, you are, in fact, giving a finger to yourself.
You’re giving a finger to your family, your friends and everyone else, including those who share your sentiment towards the government. These people are the part of our nation and you dissed them all. Congratulations!
I’ll probably never put my hand over my heart. I’ll probably never sing the national anthem again.Megan Rapinoe
I have a couple of simple questions.
- Why Miss Rapinoe agreed to go to France to represent our country if she hates it?
- Why after indicating that she was going to protest this nation she was sent there anyway, as a member of our national team?
- Why after disrespecting our National Anthem she’s still there?
I don’t have a problem with Miss Rapinoe protesting our government or our president; the first amendment covers it (would be nice if she refrained from doing it on foreign soil). If she doesn’t agree with government policies or doesn’t like some specific government official, she’s free to express her opinion. On the other hand, I think someone should explain to her that as a member of US National soccer team, she represents the nation, not the government (that’s what ambassadors are for). I have an impression that Miss Rapinoe doesn’t understand it, and in effect, she protests a president by dishonoring herself and, more importantly, the entire nation.
Probably I could use some other word instead of an “idiot,” like for example; ignorant or uneducated but in the end, I’ve decided to leave it in. I figured that since being controversial is fashionable these days, I will try to place myself in the same exclusive category which the subject of this post is in already: controversial people with extremely high self-esteem. I think I’m okay if it comes to a controversial element. My self-esteem still needs a little improvement, especially in comparison to that of Miss Rapinoe, who when explaining why she deserves to represent us in the Women’s World Cup, told Yahoo News:
Because I’m as talented as I am, I get to be here, you don’t get to tell me if I can be here or not.Megan Rapinoe
So, does she have a right to be or not to be there in France, that is the question. I always thought that representing your country is an honor, not a right. But what do I know?
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