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Colin Kaepernick as 'citizen of the year'? Not quite — good citizens vote

Colin Kaepernick as 'citizen of the year'? Not quite — good citizens vote

Colin Kaepernick is a decent quarterback whom no NFL team will hire. He’s a gutsy guy who stood up against racial injustice by kneeling. But “citizen of the year”? Hardly.

GQ Magazine last week named the former San Francisco 49er its Citizen of the Year. Sorry. Good citizens vote. It’s not only their right, it’s their duty. Kaepernick, 30, has always rejected voting.

That makes his past refusal to stand during the national anthem — he called it a protest against America’s oppression of black people — seem hollow and hypocritical.

In this country, public policy is decided through voting. The ballot box is where decision-makers are chosen or canned. It’s called...

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