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A Chicago Tribune columnist bared her true feelings about America in a Thursday piece about Colin Kaepernick, the National Football League star who stirred strong feelings last year when he knelt for the national anthem to protest police brutality toward African-Americans.

Asking why Kaepernick cannot find a new spot in the NFL Diana Goetsch asked, "What's worse in the eyes of the NFL — players beating women or kneeling for the national anthem? Answer: kneeling."

"'The Star-Spangled Banner' is a pompous battle number," Goetsch went on to say, although admitting that it had the signatures of 5 million Americans when it was approved as the national anthem in 1930.

"It wasn't until 1942, and our entry into World War II, that it was played on loudspeakers daily before games."

The column slams a laundry list of Americana, including baseball and the U.S. military.

The author criticized the NFL "marketing itself" with "narrow and authoritarian version of patriotism."

"Support the troops, salute the flag, shut up and play football."

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