I know plenty of vets who don't mind and don't see it as disrespect. They joined the military to defend the Constitution, and they get that.
^ reminds me of a quote from a movie which rings to this discussion (and the movie wasn't all that great).
America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say "You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the "land of the free".
There is much more to the speech where you can substitute names and such, but the message is true and almost rings more true on some levels (the paranoia parts) and not so much on others. But the message is there ==> The FLAG is just a symbol, powerful that it is. It should be much more to it than just a symbol and it should represent something -- that is the freedom to have free speech, freedom of liberty, life, and the pursuit of happiness of all of its citizens, plus it allows us to show protest against to better all of our citizens. Burn it, kneel, rise up and scream or just not support those who show those opinions -- all are allowed here.
Don't like the actions of the players in the NFL, NBA, NHL, WMBA, etc? Go ahead and boycott them all you want. Please do not support the minor leagues or high school or junior high or t-ball (equivalents, etc), as you show the children there will have no future in sports of any kind and should never show any ability to bring up issues though their ability to entertain. Stop all support of actors as they might say something you are against -- no more TV shows, movies, netflixs, HBO series, etc. Why watch them on screen and pay good money to see them?
Again .... JMHO.
Go ahead and dis me now, just had to type this .... :::bowingtoyoutearingmedownnow:::