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LETTER: Fortunate our laws protect free speech

To the Editor: The Congress and White House are way down in the polls. Most Americans think the country is increasingly stressed and definitely not becoming greater. Most Americans recognize and reject race-baiting tactics by the president. The p...

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To the Editor:

The Congress and White House are way down in the polls. Most Americans think the country is increasingly stressed and definitely not becoming greater. Most Americans recognize and reject race-baiting tactics by the president.

The president's exaggerated display of emotion towards NFL players who kneel during the national anthem is a ho-hum for most people. After all, the Supreme Court settled the issue in 1989's Texas v. Johnson case. We are fortunate that our country's laws protect free speech and the ability to demonstrate grievances. Furthermore, the U.S. and Canada are unique in the tradition of kicking off international sporting events with the national anthem.

Furthermore, it depends on ceremonial tradition and circumstance as to how we position our bodies. Kneeling during religious worship shows deferential respect and awe. In the NFL pre-game ceremony, the ultimate act of disrespect, though still protected, would be to remain standing with one's back to the flag, were it intended as an act of defiance.

Trump's snake oil histrionics are meant to deflect from his failures. Why are South Dakota's reps partnering in this craziness? It's clear that moronic leadership is at the helm.

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David Wegner

Sioux Falls

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