President Trump took on the NFL Friday when he called out the organization for allowing its players to disrespect the American flag and national anthem. Speaking in Alabama, Trump stated, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired! He’s fired!'”
Trump encouraged crowds to leave the stadium in protest if a player took to his knee during the anthem. Of course the Left and some on the Right are crying foul and accusing the president of stifling freedom of expression and speech.
Is it over-the-top? Not in my book. Somebody has to lead the political war against the media and entertainment institutions, the sports industry being part of the entertainment business.
Sure, professional athletes have the right to express themselves in our culture war. But when they do so on the football field or the basketball court in front of a paying crowd and/or television audience, it’s a whole different ballgame.
Like the Hollywood and media elites, the sports world has forgotten who pays for their multi-million dollar annual salaries. They have become so arrogant with their self-aggrandizement that they have stepped out of their field of expertise and assumed the role of spokesmen for the far left.
The average American is forbidden to take up a political cause in the workplace. We are not allowed to practice freedom of speech anytime and anywhere we choose. We have rules of protocol, and our bosses can and do censor us. We are being paid to work, not to incite civil unrest or promote our personal ideological agendas.
The NFL is providing a service, and it’s employees, namely the athletes, are paid mega-salaries to deliver quality entertainment to millions of fans. These fans tune in to sports as a diversion from the everyday stresses of life, not to be insulted by pompous, smug, smartass, professional animals who imagine themselves as superior to their loyal followers.
These overpaid professional athletes have some responsibility to a society which has blessed them with lifestyles of grandeur. Is it too much to ask that they don’t mock us and disrespect our flag? Is it too much to ask that they express their political opinions on their own time?
Whining about the unfairness and oppression of a country which has provided them the opportunity to accumulate excessive wealth is the epitome of ingratitude. It is a slap in the face to Americans who never earn in a lifetime what these jerks make in six months.
And then there is the issue of the children. The ever-watchful eyes of the impressionable kids, who don’t know any better than to idolize celebrity athletes, cannot separate the man’s skill from his personal life. They assume that the physical talents of their sports heroes are matched by their character.
Every single player on a third grade football team in Bellville, Illinois, took to his knee this week in protest of the national anthem. Inarguably, these boys would never have thought of such a shameful act had not Colin Kaepernick began his campaign against white America. And make no doubt about it, the disrespect to the flag by the national anthem kneelers is about racism, straight up. Social justice is only their battle cry.
NBA Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry became outraged, because President Trump rescinded Curry’s invitation to the White House. The invitation was to an event to celebrate the Warriors’ championship.
Curry had stated the day before that he didn’t want to go to the White House, so Trump tweeted that he was uninvited. Curry told reporters that the situation was surreal. Now why would that be, Mr. NBA two-time MVP? Could it be that you aren’t use to being accountable for your own inappropriate actions?
Curry stated, “In lieu of a visit to the White House, we have decided that we will constructively use our trip to the nation’s capital in February to celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusion…the values that we embrace as an organization.” More of the same ole politically correct hype.
In regard to President Trump, Curry whined, “This isn’t what leaders do.”
Oh but Stephen, it isn’t what leaders “should” have to do. Unfortunately, it is unprecedented that our athletes, many of whom are mental midgets, decide to take on the global cause of anti-Americanism. And they promote this garbage at our expense and rub it in our faces.
Trump did not demand that the NFL players be prohibited from kneeling. He offered his opinion as to what the owners should do to stop the hemorrhaging of the NFL bloodletting.
And he told the American people how they could fight back, that being to boycott the people who are destroying their country.
These are not ordinary times. The rules of the game have changed. The NFL players, or at least many of them, are using anti-American rhetoric to push the global agenda.
It is up to We the People to stop them. And we do this by refusing to give them our business.
The big question is…”Which is more important, your country and your freedom, or the game?