i do not think it means what you think it means

An awful lot of talk about "disrespect" lately surrounding the NFL/Colin Kaepernick/45 debacle.

I'm not touching the 45 piece here, because his hypocrisy on this file is well-established, and if you don't already know that, I'm not likely to get through to you. 

But I'm with Inigo on a lot of the comments I'm seeing. So let's clarify:

It is disrespectful to veterans/the military to refer to them as some mindless mass that agrees with your argument.

It is disrespectful to the country to ignore the central tenet upon which it is founded, freedom.

It is disrespectful to the constitution to ignore its First Amendment, the right to free speech and peaceful protest.

It is disrespectful to insist you believe in the freedom for others to protest, as long as it has no impact on you.

It is disrespectful to the flag to literally drape yourself in it. There is a list of don'ts - that's one of them. Kneeling isn't.

It is disrespectful to people from other walks of life to consider only your own paradigm (aka selfish.)

It is disrespectful to the players as professionals and human beings to tell them their job is to shut up and entertain you.

It is disrespectful to democracy to tell another person to leave your country if they don’t agree with you.

Offering platitudes and performing expected, collective actions is not it and of itself respectful. Without thought or careful consideration, it is meaningless.

Being willing to put one's neck on the line for what you believe in and face withering criticism for trying to make your country a better, more equal place?

That's something I respect.