Have to admit that I am frustrated by the level of discourse in the American media – both conservative and liberal alike. Everyone seems to want to take one of the poles rather than find a way to understand each other and figure how to make it all work. People keep asking me my opinion on the Kahns, the election, and now Colin Kapernik. Not sure I have any good answers.
OK, Colin Kapernik sat down during the National Anthem as a protest. He did not beat his wife or kill someone or rob someone or even do performance enhancing drugs. He demonstrated his right as an American for peaceful protest. Personally, I wish he felt differently but he is expressing his view of his American experience – not what you think his view and actions should be. Land of the free – this means you have a right to your beliefs within the law.
However, I wish instead he stood up for something. Has he used those millions to start a legal fund to help those who he deems as disenfranchised? Has he gone to the inner cities and started businesses to bring employment there back?
He is not someone I look at and see a role model as I do not know his character from his actions – and it would be wrong for me to judge him based on this singular event. I am more likely to look at Tim Tebow, who was skewered in the media for his on field actions but we should note that for every one time he bowed on the field, he spent more time giving back in the community.
Friends of mine, Frank and Donna Masley, have great character. When they started their business, they picked a spot that was easy to reach in the city of Wilmington. They give back in the city too. They are the American answer to how to fix things – be involved, provide opportunity, bring hope to an area that was down on its luck.
So, rather than sitting on the bench during the national anthem or on your couch at the end of the day (as I often do),
What or who do you stand up for? Do you fight cancer? Do you provide support for families of the fallen? Do you tutor or mentor at risk students? Do you provide training for people coming out of prison? Do you make meals for the homeless? Do you give a ride to someone in need?
Now, with that out of the way, I would like to ask for your help in helping me stand up for something I believe in.
This link will take you to a donation page for the Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run. I will be running in West Chester PA on September 11. All donations go to programs which support surviving family members of fallen heroes, school programs in Leadership and Character Does Matter, and veteran programs to help them re-enter the work force after their service to our country.
Just ask – “If not me, then who? ” Travis Manion