Monday, August 29, 2016

JOSE, CAN YOU SEE?

When I saw the headline on ESPN reading KAEPERNICK CONTROVERSY, my assumption was that it was referring to his new head/hair look…I mean dude, really?



As it turns out, the headline refers to the quarterback’s refusal to stand for the national anthem prior to a preseason game on Friday.

As if preseason matters, right?

Kaepernick’s decision to bench himself is based on the United States oppression African Americans and other minorities.

While I am not sure I agree with his rationale-I am not sure the official position of the USA is that black lives do not matter-the fact that the media is all a buzz and a Twitter kind of amuses me.

After all, most people attack Kaepernick because his refusal to stand for the anthem is not showing his support for the troops, the “men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line for him,” as one tweet that rolled across the ESPN screen read.

First off, while there are undoubtedly exceptions (most notably Pat Tillman, the former NFL player who gave up a multi-million dollar career to join the army), most of our troops enlist because the armed forces are a better career option than they can get on the outside.



Tillman joined because he felt he needed to make a difference, but most of our troops are there to get their education paid for or to obtain a skill they can cash in on after they are discharged. 

The notion that everyone in uniform is "laying it all on the line for our freedom" simply is not a true statement. 

It’s a nice soundbyte, but it’s not the truth.

I do not want to make light of the risk our troops assume when in combat, and certainly intend no dishonor to those who have died in combat, but unless you're running for a public office, can we cut the propaganda from the discussion?


But you know what really makes me itch? 

This whole notion that anyone in American today is  “supporting the troops.”

Supporting the troops is something those of us under the age of 90 really know nothing about.

People who were of age during World War 2 know what “supporting the troops” means.

Their lives changed during the war.



They did without household items that were made with materials needed for the war effort. They saved household waste items that could be recycled for the war effort.



People volunteered to perform security functions that the National Guard (who had been deployed) would do.

The USO was formed, and many women who were homemakers volunteered.



Others took jobs in factories that directly supported the war effort.

What does our generation do?



A three dollar ribbon magnet and standing for the anthem at a ball game.



But don’t let me sell America short-we also remove our ball caps when we stand for the anthem. 

We're all in with our support!



So if you want to criticize Kaepernick, find a better soap box.

Yet those “men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line for him” did to so he would have the freedom to NOT STAND for the national anthem.


So maybe Kaepernick’s gesture, in exercising the freedom our armed forces "lay it on the line" to provide, can be construed as the ULTIMATE show of support.

10 comments:

  1. Personal opinion- I thought he was a richard Cranium before, and it only reinforces it now. Like Jerry Rice told him, instead of making stupid gestures (stupid being my addition), do something that matters. He's just playing up his name because his recent play has drug it down.

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    1. I'm not saying I agree with him-but I support his right to sit.

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  2. LC ~
    I also agree that Kaperdick (he with the face straight off the cover of 'Terrorist Weekly') has the right to sit during the National Anthem. I believe one will find it implied in the First Amendment.

    As a matter of fact, I myself -- for several years now -- have found it bothers my conscience to remove my hat during the National Anthem. One might say that it shows I have no respect for my country. And one would be right. I haven't any anymore.

    However, I make it a point not to be around friends and family at this time, as I don't want my silent protest to embarrass them, giving strangers the appearance that they necessarily concur in any way with my non-action.

    All that having been said, Kaperdick is still a stupid butthole. His is the cause of many uninformed, Marxist, 70-IQers.

    If you're GOING to make a controversial, public display and alienate a lot of people including teammates, you'd better have a worthy cause. But Kaperdick is a... well... know-nuttin' dick. If he ever got into a debate with me about Black oppression and White privilege, I'd wipe the turf with him, AND his racist, Black Lives Matter privileged girlfriend.

    So, bottom line: He does have the right to show the world what an ignorant, race-baiting retard he is.

    [Kaperdick is so stupid and headstrong that when Kurt Warner was trying to help him with his footwork during the off-season over a year ago, he ultimately dismissed what Kurt had taught him, saying something like: I think I'm better off to just let my feet and legs do what they want to do naturally. Yeah, he had nothing to learn from a 3-time Super Bowl quarterback, even if that quarterback was White. Now Kaperdick is "riding the pine", even when the National Anthem ISN'T playing.]

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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  3. Unfortunately, he has the right to be all that. I hope I made it clear, I am not saying I support his cause, just his right to stay planted on his butt.

    Short stocky bald middle aged white lives matter.

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  4. The following was an EXCELLENT article that Kaperdick ought to print out on his computer, roll into a tube, shove up his arse, and then set fire to:

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/08/31/wayne-allyn-root-colin-kaepernick-the-dumbing-down-of-america/

    Yeah, I'm tired of the racist Black whining. Real tired of it. Like LOCKED-AND-LOADED TIRED OF IT!!!

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. That's not very politically correct...

      I think more Americans need to start telling whiny Americans to grow a pair.

      Calling someone a name is a hate crime. Really?

      We have become the home of the pussy....and I do not mean Rocky.

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    2. My only problem with the article is it leads with "disrespecting the flag" and "disrespecting America."

      I still feel CK has the right to protest, even a stupid protest.

      Everything else is spot on and assesses the merit of CK's "cause," but I feel like I MUST allow him the freedom to demonstrate, no matter how self-serving and misguided.

      LC

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    3. Yeah, LC, and I AGREE with your disagreements. Showing respect to the flag and the National Anthem is really just a SYMBOL of your respect for the country. It is NOT the actual respect itself.

      And since I no longer respect this country, I'm not going to put on display for everyone else's benefit some artificial, bogus symbol of respect in the form of removing my cap or standing for the National Anthem. That would make me a hypocrite.

      So, I agree, that small reference in the article was weak -- simply a knee-jerk kind of false "patriotism".

      And, yep, as I said in my first comment, Kaperdick has a First Amendment-protected right to be a stooped dick.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    4. The table next to me at lunch yesterday were four service women-I almost asked them what they thought. I still think our whole modern notion of "support for the troops" is a farce as well.

      -Dumb Ass Lives Matter

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    5. Agreed again. I should "Support The Troops" who kill innocent people in foreign lands on behalf of bankers, oil companies, the military industry, and construction companies, all the while making the US one of the most hated nations on the planet?

      I'll "Support The Troops" when they tell their commanders to "FO!", turn in their uniforms and stop being the world's bully policeman.

      "Support The Troops" is a mantra for the flag-draped brain-dead. WWII was the last legitimate war we fought. Every war since has been un-Constitutional and had nothing to do with protecting Amerika and the Americonned Sheeple.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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