September 27, 2017
Lately, I have been contemplating the President’s response to numerous athletes' peaceful protests during the National Anthem. This is what I would have liked to hear him say:
My Fellow Americans,
Serving in the ministry has a benefit that goes unnoticed. Ministers must constantly read and collect, mentally, many ideas of the world’s great thinkers. Although he was an agnostic, Omar Khayyam, the prolific Persian polymath and poet, offed what I consider to be one of the most majestic truths ever penned:
Let me begin by saying that I did not serve in the military. I was turned down by the draft board in Houston, Texas because of two debilitating football injuries. Nevertheless, I quite often seek stories from the military. They make very good illustrations for life.
During the seven years my family spent in public housing, my buddies and I had some of our greatest adventures in a wooded area we called “The Pasture.” We had an opportunity to play war and jungle games because there were unlimited hiding places and if we had a moment of bravery, we could cross the creek and never be found.