Taking a Knee
“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear." ~ Harry Truman
“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.” ~ Benjamin Franklin
Well, I guess it was bound to happen. I have received numerous questions related to my position regarding the protest of the National Anthem and the American flag, vis-à-vis the National Football League. Since the point of this column has always been to shed light on economic and political issues that may ultimately affect all of our qualities of life, I will attempt to address this current fad from that perspective. My hope is that I can broaden the discussion and simplify what may be at stake for all of us.
The NFL protests are really rather simple. Given the quotes above and with logic to lead us, we must as a country bear any indignation and bow to our fellow man’s right to freedom of expression – not matter how reprehensible, misguided or disgusting we find it. Capitalism and free markets can only exist to serve the country, in a free society emboldened by all forms of free expression – limited only by those acts which are against the law. Yelling “fire” in a crowded theatre, child pornography and copyright infringement all come to mind as examples of legitimate exclusions to this rule. However, kneeling during the national anthem or burning the American flag are certainly not excluded, nor should they ever be.
That said, my own right to protest their behavior in response is likewise absolute. So I find myself each Sunday now, with little to do other than write this column. LOL. I have not watched a game this season. That is very sad for me, as I love football season, and wait patiently through basketball and baseball seasons each year for its arrival. But as I have often had occasion to point out over the years to my critics, you have the same right to turn the page and quit reading this column – but no right to censure my ability to write it in the first place. The bottom line is that the owner(s) of any business likewise have the right to allow their employees to behave and interact with their customers however they see fit. Although, the consequences may be substantial either way. Try Googling “empty NFL stadiums” and click on the “images” tab for one extreme. Then Google “People lining up to support Chick-fil-a” for the other extreme. That is exactly how the free market should work, in a free and open society.
However, that brings us to the recent teachers’ protests at the Evergreen High School’s Homecoming, where two teachers decided that they would sit during the National Anthem. As was reported to me by a student there, they instructed their class that the American Flag was a symbol of oppression and violence around the globe. In this case, children and their parents are not easily free to move from their own homes, and change schools. Further, it is the very government who employs these cretins. Consequently, by acting in their role as a protected tenured employees of the government, there seems no practical way for us to protest what is clearly an attempt to indoctrinate our children. Their lesson plan seems clearly intended to have our children believe that we are all historical scoundrels, deserving of their and our own self-loathing. This my friends amounts to subversion and is exactly how socialism always works, to achieve its desired end of capitalism. Socialists imbed themselves in our public schools and institutions, rewriting history to fit their narrative. And it is exactly how whole countries like Venezuela and Brazil have gone from economic parity with western countries, to economic and financial collapse in the last 50 years.
Then add to that the recent notion of “hate speech”, used to curtail someone like me from stating any opinion contrary to their stated “facts” on the matter, and what else would you expect? And for those of you who disagree, please find just ONE instance where mobs of young Republicans can be seen on video beating up peacefully protesting socialists and communist folks. Right…I thought not! Antifa is in fact the new SS. Keep in mind that the SS of Germany (Schutzstaffel) translated in English to the “Protection Squadron”. Let that similarity sink in. Meanwhile, since we all know how completely bereft most snowflakes are of any physical aspirations not involving a video game, try Googling “who funds Antifa and Black Lives Matter”. Or for that matter, try searching for “What Administration used the IRS to silence the opposition?” I have a hunch you’ll find the answers to both questions are nearly identical. Just saying…