I get it, Tim Thomas. And not just because I once volunteered with your charity.
I get it because you stood for your principles. Politics, they are a funny and polarizing entity.
From Tim Thomas’ Facebook page:
“I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.
“This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.
“Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.
“This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT”
I can see why you stuck to your beliefs and principles and decided not to go to the White House with your teammates, to be honored by President Obama for winning the Stanley Cup.
Still, the decision not to join the Boston Bruins at the White House today is reflective of some of the decisions we make every day. Its a macro-micro thing.
Think about it: some of the decisions we make are based on our personal principles. We may not go to a party because the host is a sexist pig. Why should I put myself in an environment that will make me uncomfortable? Or we may turn down an offering from a person who lied to us, a person whom we once trusted. Why should I satisfy you when you hurt me and deceived me?
As for Tim Thomas’ decision to take a stand, on the principle that visiting the White House didn’t align with his personal politics?
I’m not endorsing it, condoning it or decrying it … but, as Chris Rock once said, “I understand.”