Unpatriotic Americans should not represent the USA in the Olympics.

Unpatriotic Americans should not represent the USA in the Olympics.

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Matthew Hugus started this petition to U.S. House of Representatives and

Political statements made in the Olympics during the 70’s were done so in a way that brought attention to the Black community, but also still respected the flag and our anthem. Recent events (US women’s soccer players, Gwen Berry & others) have begun turning their backs to the flag during the National Anthem. To me, this is worse than taking a knee, this is LITERALLY turning you back to the country that has offered those athletes the opportunities to become successful at the highest level of their sport.

As a Navy veteran from the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has the great fortune of knowing that I have had numerous family members served this country in combat - from the Revolutionary and Civil War’s (yes on the Union side) up to the First Iraq War - I am saddened to see these athletes turn their backs on a country that gives them so much.

America is not a perfect nation, there isn’t one country that is perfect. I will be the first to admit that we as a nation have issues upon which we can and must do better. Yet, warts and all, the USA is still the most free country on the planet - where everyone is given the opportunity to succeed or to fail.

I’m not going to be hyperbolic and say these athletes should “go to another country” or that they should be banned from expressing their opinions. What I’m calling for is the US Olympic committee, together with government officials, to institute a policy that ensures that this type of disdain for America not be put on display by those who have been selected to represent our country and our people - especially during the National Anthem.

Thank you for reading this and God bless the United States of America!

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