The whole NFL – national anthem thing has already been talked to death, and I don’t have a whole lot original to say about it, other than that as of now, I’m not watching NFL football . Not that I think it will make a tremendous amount of difference, but, like plenty of others, I’m just in no mood to see sports (which used to be a diversion from all the political crap) turned into yet another opportunity for a leftist display of anti-patriotism, nor do I wish to be lectured on “social justice” by a bunch of overpaid, spoiled brat jocks. It’s as annoying as overpaid, spoiled brat celebrities and politicians like Leo DiCaprio and Algore jet-setting around the globe, lecturing us Little People on how we need to reduce our carbon footprint.
But the Reverend Jesse Jackson has lately proclaimed the odious Colin Kappernick, who started this whole mess, a “martyr.” Really? Last I checked, he was still alive and well, even if not playing. (Methinks the Good Reverend should shut his mouth, lest he start giving Pope Francis ideas.) And some prominent black preachers in Dallas have loudly declared Jerry Jones a “slave owner,” and his ‘Boys “40 million dollar slaves” forced to do “gladiatorial combat” but not to speak out by disrespecting our flag. To state the stupidly obvious (which apparently progressives are too stupid to see):
- A) real slaves (I’m talking the real, pick cotton from dawn-to-dusk to the tune of the whip slaves, not 21st century snowflake wannabes) would never dream of 40 million dollar salaries nor any of the luxuries it could buy, and . . .
- B) At least to my knowledge, nobody put any of these guys in chains and forced them to play ball against their will. Nor has anybody prevented them from choosing instead to pursue careers as truck drivers, accountants, rocket scientists, janitors, or whatever.
While the facts simply don’t support the notion that there exists in 21st century America any systemic epidemic of white cops gunning down innocent black citizens, these jocks are free to express on their own time whatever opinions or protest whatever they want, no matter how asinine or ill-informed. That has nothing to do with respectfully standing for the National Anthem before game time. Most of us do not have the luxury of avoiding our job duties to engage in political grandstanding without losing our jobs.
And spare me the screaming and crying over President Trump’s remarks. If he’d threatened to send in the National Guard or force players to stand by executive order, I’d be the first to stand with the NFL (or anyone) against him, as this would be a violation of the constitutional limits of presidential power. I even read an article by a “conservative” never-Trumper which absurdly condemned the President for turning the American flag into “a White Nationalist symbol.” I must of missed that one; seems to me it was protesting players who were making Old Glory into a symbol of racism, or police brutality, or whatever the hell they’re supposedly protesting.
Which brings me to a point I’ve yet to hear anybody make. I haven’t heard a peep from the progressive Social Justice Warriors regarding increasing number of cases of people being fired from their jobs for expressing opinions off the job in personal blogs or social media that are deemed too un-pc (especially in regards to “social issues” such as “gay marriage” and abortion). In one of the most recent examples, a Southwest Airlines stewardess was fired for expressing “highly offensive” pro-life views in social media. As others have pointed out, this is a growing danger for committed Christians. Even without the state violating first amendment free speech rights by censorship, they can still lose their jobs merely for expressing un-pc moral beliefs. (It could certainly be argued that such things constitute unlawful employment discrimination on the basis of religious faith.)
But, you know,; unrestricted freedom of expression anytime, anywhere – just so long as you keep it pc.