As the government shutdown continues, many U.S. troops stationed across Afghanistan and Iraq -- as well as their families at home -- are feeling the effects as confusion of pay and the cutoff of benefits for fallen soldiers are just a few of the problems caused by the current mess in Washington, D.C.
And as we head into week two of the standoff between the Democrats and Republicans, things don't seem to be getting any better for our country, or President Barack Obama's fan base, for that matter.
While many are bashing the president for Obamacare -- his signature health care law that seems to be at the center of all the back-and-forth bickering -- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight contender Matt Brown isn't a fan of Obama, for not giving our troops the proper respect they deserve.
And one of the reasons Brown feels Obama is not giving respect is due to the lack of entertainment troops are receiving on their television sets thanks to the many layoffs that hit the American Forces Network (AFN) as result of the shutdown. Since then, only the news has been broadcast which means troops have been without certain viewing entertainment, specifically sports.
Something Brown wasn't pleased with as he recently shared his beef with Young Cons:
"I have the highest respect for our soldiers and wish all the best for them. Apparently, Obama thinks differently. Our soldiers should be treated with respect and should not be subject to the downfalls of the American political system. It's very disheartening to hear that our soldiers are suffering even more than usual because our politicians cannot agree on anything. The last people that should suffer is them. Again, Obama thinks differently. I wish the troops the best and hope I can make a difference in getting some entertainment back to them."
Furthermore, the outspoken Brown offered up his solution to give Obama the "reality check" he so desperately needs.
"I would tell the president that he needs a reality check. He should go serve for a year in the Middle East and see firsthand what it is like to be there. Obviously, he has no clue and no empathy for these men and women."
This isn't the first time a fighter on the UFC roster has voiced his displeasure with Obama.
In 2012, former lightweight contender Jacob Volkmann called out the president by labeling him an "idiot" and saying he would love to hurt him inside the Octagon. He later joked that Obama was in need of a "glassectomy" (see definition here).
"Christmas" later apologized for his verbal attack on Obama in the wake of the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that claimed the lives of six innocent people. However, it's safe to say that Volkmann still isn't a fan of the president and apparently, neither is Brown.
As we head into day nine of the shutdown, you can bet more comments like the one Matt offered up to surface from any and all angry Americans across the nation.
And while the freedom of speech is one of most important rights we have in this great country of ours, it might behoove "The Immortal" to keep an eye out for a surprise visit from the secret service.
For the record, according to Stars and Stripes, AFN has restored some of the channels back into regular rotation. In addition, President Obama did sign a bill to guarantee that all active military personal be paid during the shutdown. A few things Brown may, or may not, be aware of.