I stood for your right to kneel.


Do you have a flag proudly waving from your front porch? Do you stand and place your hand over your heart while the National Anthem is sung…in your own home on a football Sunday? —

Ok, let’s break this down a bit differently- YOUR JOB.

Do you agree with everything the “bosses” want at your job? Do you have the right to voice your concerns and opinions? Have your own beliefs? You are probably saying No, but the truth is…you do. You can disagree and, if you are tactful, you can voice your opinions. If you are Hindu they aren’t going to force you to participate in Secret Santa every year. You have the freedom to be different.

I come from a LONG line of military members. I proudly put that uniform on and stood for your right to KNEEL. That’s correct- I stood for your freedom to choose whether to stand or kneel. This country was built on the idea of freedom. Initially, it was religious freedom but it slowly grew and built into the country we share today.

I am proud to say that you are kneeling respectfully. You are protesting without destruction. You are making a point without violence. You are making people take notice and speak about issues. The protesters in STL should have read your handbook on how to do it right. Stand or Kneel strong. Stay true to your beliefs and I shall stay true to mine. The only way to move change along is by someone demanding it. I am proud to be an American.


Author: Ticia Rani

I am...interesting. I am a writer, dreamer, mom, wife, veteran, friend, villain, and the wearer of many hats, but I don't look good in hats- go figure. I LOVE TO WRITE. I want to tell stories. I want to make you laugh, cry, and scare the crap out of you, and make you ask "why the hell did you do that?" I want to make you cheer my characters on or want to shake the crap out of them for things they say and/or do. I want to bring you along for the ride. Ready? Set?...READ!!!

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