Westboro NFL School of activism

The NFL protesting fiasco has become a tragedy and a travesty.  Even after last season’s firestorm over failed Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s irreverent and irrational National Anthem protest, the NFL has inexplicably doubled down on his ridiculous remonstration.  NFL ratings are plummeting, so a few teams seeing the dollars swirling in the drain sought to have it both ways.  They tried kneeling and then standing; and then tried locking arms as a sign of unity never realizing their intransigent nonsensical contortions were anything but unifying.

They still don’t understand their divisive shenanigans are an assault on American unity.  The United States is by no means perfect, but it was founded on the divine premise: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

That is what America stands for.  That is what Americans strive for.  That is what American heroes fight and die for.  Our national ensign embodies those ideals and especially standing for it during the Star Spangled Banner best displays American unity.  Regardless of administration, we’ve always stood shoulder to shoulder.  No one asks Democrat or Republican.  We stand together regardless of race, religion, or any other label you can conjure.  Americans  are wholly committed to liberty and justice for all and perhaps the only moment that is indisputable is when we stand for our flag.

America has stumbled, but the goal is still freedom for all.  Average Americans will serve and sacrifice to protect that freedom for themselves and unselfishly for others.  We unhesitatingly send our children to defend freedom.  And when one of our children returns in a flag draped coffin, anyone insinuating that flag stands for anything else is literally spitting in the faces of every Gold Star family.

Donning offensive socks portraying police as pigs, Kaepernick said he was protesting police brutality against minorities.  Police brutality should certainly be prosecuted, but it has never been condoned by the Constitution or Americans at large.  Kaepernick and his unwitting accomplices run afoul of average Americans when they liken our flag to bigotry.

The NFL malcontents certainly have the right to protest, but the fans have the same right to be offended and walk away.  About 70% black, NFL players are paid millions and literally worshipped by mostly white people.  Fans of all colors send their children into military service or police work, so ridiculing unhappy fans only adds to the acrimony.

NFL millionaire protests are hollow and hypocritical because Americans also oppose police brutality and for that matter discrimination.  Radio host Buck Sexton astutely noticed the NFL protests’ similarities to the Westboro Baptist Church.  Take kernels of truth grossly out of context to outlandishly insult people who have little if anything to do with your complaint.

Struggling to define their dissatisfaction, most will argue its “social injustice” in general.  There will always be some degree of injustice, but again America has never stood for injustice.  Not getting traction with the masses, they tried to make it about President Trump, but no president is bigger than America.  Plenty of Americans had ample animosity for President Obama, but NASCAR drivers didn’t take a knee during his term. 

Personalizing their protest exposes the fatal flaw.  It’s about them personally not anyone else’s oppression.  If it was, they would see their continued disrespect is dividing people not over their issue, but over them and their antics.  The uproar is not about “social injustice;” the tired argument is about them kneeling or holding up a Black Power fist.  None of it has been the least bit unifying or had any effect on their gripes.

The tragedy is that every aspect of our lives is being politicized.  You can’t enjoy coffee or ice cream or watch sports without being lectured and usually insulted.  People will and do find common ground when they’re not being scolded for being American.  If these athletes would wield their tremendous celebrity influence with respect, Americans will stand with them in their causes. 

“These people are grumblers and complainers, living only to satisfy their desires. They brag loudly about themselves, and they flatter others to get what they want.”  Jude 1:16


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