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... and if we look closely at the actual event. It was the national anthem that he took the knee, its only by extension (and assumption) that his intention was dis-respecting the flag. And I agree, its just a symbol that means different things to different people. To me, in this context, it represents "power and control". trump is using it to manipulate his base; they don't see it, but they are just political pawns. trump does not give a flying-Frisbee about any one of them (or the US flag). he'd sign any bill into law, even if it screwed over every single one of his base. he'd just tell them something else they wanted to hear, and they'd cheer him on. trump himself could repo their car and house, and they'd happily had him the keys.
In one of my favorite movies "Circle Of Iron" at the end, when Cord opens the book of enlightenment, he only sees page after page of mirrors, and he is told: "There is no book of enlightenment"