You probably can’t look at your phone or computer or television without seeing something about the National Anthem protests that are taking place. To say that it has spun out of control would be an understatement. Players who wouldn’t normally have a beef with police or military or anything of the sort are now being forced to side with their teammates. The vehement supporters of the protest say that those who haven’t suffered as a person of color just don’t get it, because you know, white privilege.
At this point, we are a hop skip and a jump away from being called white supremacist if we show respect to the flag and the Anthem. And a big part of that problem is the way liberals (and some conservatives) have declared it open season on the President. The disrespect has been snowballing for some time now, and the absolute defiance of his Presidency is making the problem worse.
Those who say that this protest is just about police brutality and it’s not a political issue need to listen to their boy Josh Norman of the Washington Redskins. The self-appointed spokesperson for the team’s protest spoke with reporters and Fox5 DC, telling the world why they’re protesting:
“More than 200 players around the NFL were seen kneeling or sitting during the national anthem on Sunday.
The highest total was in Washington before the nationally televised night game, where nearly the entire Oakland Raiders team protested, in addition to six Redskins. Other Redskins players, coaches and staff locked arms during the national anthem, including team owner Dan Snyder.
No one sat or knelt at the Pittsburgh at Chicago game, although the Steelers stayed in the tunnel. In Tennessee, both the Titans and Seattle Seahawks remained inside through the anthem.
‘I respect the office, I respect the troops of America. My family fought in the war. And like I said before, it’s not about the flag. It’s not. It’s not about anything like that. It’s not about black or white. It’s about what we’re being faced with right now, and that’s being teared down– from in the White House.’ – Washington Redskins’ Josh Norman on protests during the national anthem.”
I hate to be the one to break it to him, but the President is welcome wherever he wants to go because we, the people, elected him, and now he’s the President. This country isn’t under mob rule just yet, and just because you can run a football doesn’t mean you get to decide how to run the country. You’ve got one vote just like everybody else. Feel free to use it as you please.
A big part of the problems that players have with the President stemmed from his weighing in on the NFL protest issue during a speech that he gave in Alabama (and the ensuing Tweets).
“The amount of protests around the NFL ballooned this weekend in the wake of President Donald Trump’s criticism of players who protest during the national anthem. Only four players were observed kneeling or sitting last weekend, and two others raised their fists.
On Sunday afternoon, the President tweeted his support for those who linked arms, but said ‘kneeling is not acceptable.’”
So, to be clear, the NFL players and social justice warriors, in general, are upset that the President of the United States is standing up for the flag and National Anthem. What would it look like to the world and, more importantly, our armed forces, if he condoned disrespecting the symbol of our freedom? The same symbol that our fathers and mothers and brothers and sisters have died protecting.
Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line for the freedom that these players are exercising when they kneel. The question is not whether or not it’s legal for them to protest, of course it is, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. The question is whether we should support the business that puts cameras on them and their anti-American antics.
If this disturbs you and you want to know exactly who the offenders are, here’s a detailed list of who did what when and where.
“Here’s a breakdown at each game, according to the Associated Press:
— Oakland Raiders at Washington Redskins: Roughly 50 Raiders sat or kneeled, plus six Redskins.
— Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts: About 24.
— New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles: At least three (and three other players raising their fists).
— Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills: About 35, including Bills RB LeSean McCoy and about half of the Broncos’ roster.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Minnesota Vikings: At least two, including Bucs WRs Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson.
— Houston Texans at New England Patriots: About 16.
— Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers: At least 15.
— Miami Dolphins at New York Jets: At least four, including Dolphins WR Kenny Stills and OT Laremy Tunsil.
— New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers: About 12, including Saints RB Adrian Peterson.
— Atlanta Falcons at Detroit Lions: About 10, including Lions RB Ameer Abdullah.
— Pittsburgh Steelers at Chicago Bears: The Steelers stayed in the tunnel, although Army veteran Alejandro Villanueva stood outside the tunnel with his hand over his heart.
— Cincinnati Bengals at Green Bay Packers: Three Packers and no Bengals.
— Baltimore Ravens vs. Jacksonville Jaguars in London: About 24, including Ravens LB Terrell Suggs and Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; Americans would have a much better viewing experience if the NFL was populated strictly with veterans. It would add to the available jobs for veterans (good paying jobs at that), and we wouldn’t have these disrespect problems any more.