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Former NFL Player Has An Idea To Tone Down The Anthem Debate

The debate over NFL players protesting the National Anthem has been going strong for over a year now, but it ramped up in a big way once President Donald Trump expressed his umbrage with the practice. Discussion over the topic evolved from a simple side conversation to a raging national argument.

While there were some observers that felt Trump was spot on with his assessment on things, many disagreed. Many players decided to display a unified front in response to Trump’s contentious commentary, and even more would protest the anthem as a result.

On the positive side, Trump’s comments forced a much-needed conversation on the topic. There are plenty of folks out there that are incredibly put off by the sight of highly-paid professional athletes kneeling or sitting while the anthem plays out, and even more that are confused about exactly what they’re protesting about.

On the negative side, differing sides have dug their feet in even further, which proves that this issue is going to be a tough one to solve.

As Fox News Insider shares, one former player has come up with an awesome idea that just may lead to some progress being made. David Vobora does some work with military veterans, and he’s put together a short film entitled "Dear Flag," which features athletes and veterans expressing admiration for the flag.

While many in the film admit to being angered by the anthem protests, Vobora isn’t simply trying to stir the pot.

He provided some insight into his reasoning for putting together the film during an appearance on "Fox & Friends."

"I used what bothered me about the conversation. At first, the visceral reaction is ... like someone cutting you off on the freeway. ... Do you let it ruin your day?" he explained. "For me, look, I will stand, and I will put my hand over my heart. I will pay tribute."

That said, he understands that there are obviously others that feel differently. His hope is that his little film will calmly explain one side, and the other side will respond by doing the same.

"You don't build a bridge to meet in the middle. You build a bridge to go to the other person's side, to check it out. You may not like it ... but then you go back to your side and you have ... a little bit of perspective," Vobora continued. "Through that maybe we can be humane to humanity."

That’s an excellent sentiment, and we hope that Vobora is successful in his efforts. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of reasons not to be too optimistic. The political discourse that consumes our nation is rather toxic at the moment. There’s plenty of fingers to point as to why that’s the case, but that does little to solve it.

The days of meeting in the middle or agreeing to disagree seem to have gone by the wayside for far too many folks, and that’s part of what’s led the ‘us vs. them’ mentality to rule the day.

We certainly commend Vobora’s attempt to inject a little civility into things, and we’ll hold out hope that many more folks will follow suit.

Source: Fox News Insider
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