Kneeling is not always disrespectful

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Colin Kaepernick and other American athletes that follow his lead are disrespecting the American Flag and the National Anthem by kneeling.

The act of kneeling is not always disrespectful. It is proper to kneel before Almighty God and Christ Jesus, the Savior of mankind. It is proper for a man to kneel before a woman when asking her hand in marriage. It is proper for a subject to kneel before their sovereign monarch. All of these are times and places when kneeling is a sign of respect and veneration. But is it not the proper behavior during the National Anthem.

Title 36 Section 301 of the US Code, that is US Federal Law, states what a person is to do during the playing of the National Anthem. Which is very simple for those who are not in uniform.

all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart;

The language of the law is “should” because there are acceptable exceptions. Such as those who are wheelchair bound. They of course are to place their right hand over their heart but otherwise sitting is fine for them. Likewise because we have the 1st Amendment which guarantees the Freedom of Religion, a Jehovah’s Witness is exempt from the law as well, because their religious practice forbids them from participating in any civil action.

But those are the only exceptions. Everyone else is to stand and face the flag or source of the music in the absence of the flag. There should be no running to get your concessions during the National Anthem and TV cameras should be focused solely on the flag itself until the National Anthem is complete. If one finds themselves elsewhere during the National Anthem. Stop. Stand at attention where you are at and wait for the National Anthem to complete before conducting your transaction or business.

Any and all other actions are disrespectful. Including kneeling.

Colin Kaepernick states he kneels in protest against racial injustice. He has the right to protest, it is part of his guaranteed Freedom of Speech. But during the National Anthem is not the proper time or place. Also I don’t believe for a minute that is his real motivation. He is kneeling because it puts the spot light on him. It is for personal gain and glory.

The facts speak for themselves on this matter. Mr. Kaepernick doesn’t protest anywhere else. Any place where there might be racial injustice he is not there protesting against it. His activism begins and ends on the football field during the National Anthem. A place he knows will have TV cameras and coverage to watch his every move being a football player.

Take away the cameras and he wouldn’t be kneeling. His only other activism on this subject, and it’s taken 2 years to complete, is his donation of a Million Dollar Pledge to organizations working in oppressed communities that have matched funds by celebrities. Not much of a donation when you wont donate without celebrities matching the funds.

What grants has Mr. Kaepernick established to help serve those impacted by racial injustice? What funding programs has Mr. Kaepernick established or donated to with his celebrity status? Why isn’t he in these oppressed communities and working to make them better?

The answers are simple. He is a fraud. He is wasn’t ever kneeling due to racial injustice. He was kneeling for his 15 minutes of fame alone.

Have Dumb Will Travel

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We have a lot on our collective plates right now. A looming possibility of war with North Korea. Unrest on college campuses and in our economy. A new Nickelback CD coming out soon. But all of those pale in comparison to the greatest issue facing this great nation right now.

Colin Kaepernick has yet to be signed with an NFL team.

This is what is keeping Leftists up at night these days (aside from looking for Russians within every connection to Donald Trump, of course). And just like Paris Hilton doing color commentary for a Cleveland Browns game, they don’t know what they’re talking about.

The Left wants us to believe the only reason Kaepernick isn’t signed is because of racism. After all, he stood up for Black Lives Matter while taking a knee for the National Anthem, so obviously NFL owners are all racists! (Which is why these owners keep hiring black players to play on said teams….) But maybe, just maybe, there might be another reason: Kaepernick sucks.

Remember Johnny Manzel? Coming out of the NFL draft, he was going to be a great quarterback, but his skills didn’t match the hype. Combine that with this off-field antics, and Johnny Football became Johnny Would You Like Fries With That. You see, once your negatives outweigh your positives, you run the risk of being fired or, in Kaepernick’s case, not being hired.

There’s another issue at hand that is hurting Kaepernick’s chances. Although his skills aren’t what they used to be, he is still asking for a sizable contract. He has already rejected contracts for the league minimum, which would be a step down for him, but it would be a step in the right direction if he wanted to play on a team. It’s so bad, former Bears interception machine…I mean quarterback Jay Cutler came out of retirement and got hired. Shouldn’t that be a wake-up call for Kaepernick that maybe he needs to adjust his expectations a bit? And by a bit, I mean a lot.

No matter how many stats Leftists bring up about Kaepernick’s performance over the past 2 years, it shows they haven’t watched too many of his games. There is a reason he was riding the pine more than a witch with particular tastes in broomsticks. He sucked. His game hasn’t changed much since he came into the league, and defenses started figuring out how to beat his game. And let’s not forget the fact the San Francisco 49ers had horrible offenses during the past 2 years. Good quarterbacks find ways to work with the players he has to succeed. Great quarterbacks find ways to win with the players he has.

And Kaepernick? He found a way to be mediocre and radioactive at the same time.

Maybe he would be better served by either dropping his expectations or finding a job with Johnny Manzel. But I do have a solution, and it involves an NFL team.

Have the Washington Redskins offer him a contract. If he accepts, Leftists heads will explode!

Disrespect is Never Right

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At all sporting events. From High School through the professional level they have one thing in common. At the beginning of every contest our National Anthem is played.

A stillness falls on the playing field and crowd that was just a moment before full of energy and movement. Everyone rises to their feet if they are physically able to do so. Everyone either places their hand on their heart or, if in Uniform, salutes the Flag of the United States of America.

But lately in our world of professional sports we have had a player and now a whole team not give the respect to our Flag as they should. This has started in the NFL with Colin Kaepernick of the San Fransico 49ers and has now spread over to the entire Seattle Seahawk team.

This is wrong on so many levels. Our young children look to these professional players as heroes and role models. And they will be emulated by those children and even other adults.

Standing at attention and giving the proper respect to our Flag during the National Anthem played at our sporting events is the only proper thing to do. Any other action is a lack of respect. Not only for the Flag, but for those who are in service to our Nation. All the men and women in uniform. All of those men and women who gave their lives in uniform.

You do have the right to protest against any perceived injustice. Real or imagined. But showing disrespect during the National Anthem is not the time or the place for such protests.

These millionaire protesters should be fined by the NFL for this blatant show of disrespect. And I’m not talking the pennies they are fined when violating some minor NFL rules. I’m saying they should be fined at least one million dollars at every occurrence that they do not show any respect for the Flag and what it represents.

And when an entire team shows the same disrespect. Then that is a reflection of the coach and the owner of that team. They should be fined as well. Including forfeiture of games, an automatic loss of a game. Perhaps then they shall understand the gravity of showing respect.

As for these millionaire’s protesting this perceived injustice. What have you done about it Colin Kaepernick? How much of your money have you spent on fighting it? How much of your free time have you spent helping anyone out of injustice? Have you considered public office, leaving the NFL and becoming one of those who can actually make a change in public policy? Or are you enjoying the fruits of your time in the limelight of sports.

What’s Eating Colin Kaepernick?

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Before the first kickoff of the NFL regular season, we have our first NFL-related controversy not involving a dirty rotten cheater named Tom Brady. (Not that I have an opinion on Brady, mind you.) From our good friends on the West Coast, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided not to stand for the playing of the National Anthem before a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. Kaepernick explained his actions on Twitter, saying it was because there are so many blacks dying in the streets and that he felt it was part of the American culture, as symbolized by the flag.

While his statements and actions have been inflammatory, the beautiful thing about America is he has a right to say it without the government smacking him down like a linebacker getting a sack on him. As much as it pains me to do it, I have to defend his right to make a stand, no matter how misguided it is.

Of course, that same right gives us the ability to mock him for the benchwarming, Super Bowl losing, underperforming and overpaid, selfish douchenozzle he is.

After the incident, Kaepernick said he was inspired by Black Lives Matter, a network of people who have made it a point to cry “police brutality” in lieu of “wolf” and turn a blind eye to the problems in their own communities. Kaepernick himself is biracial, with a white mother and a black father. His birth mother gave him up for adoption, where he was adopted by a white family and got a lot of benefits from that experience.

But, yeah, he’s totally legit when it comes to The Struggle.

Granted, Kaepernick has been vocal in his support for Black Lives Matter in the past, so this most recent of acts shouldn’t come as a surprise, but I have to question the timing. To put it mildly, last season wasn’t the best for him. Not only did he find himself riding the bench like a stripper in a rich man’s lap, but his prospects of making this year’s team are dwindling faster than the aforementioned rich man’s wallet with said stripper. Imagine the uproar if Kaepernick would be cut, benched, or traded to another team after this incident. Regardless of the facts involved, there would still be people who would think it was because the 49ers organization was racist and would protest in that vein.

Yeah. You might want to ask Michael Sam how that approach worked out for him. That is, if you can catch him between shifts at the Frialator.

Whether it’s a position based on firm conviction or selfishness, Kaepernick made his bed, and now he has to lie in it. Of course, being the kind soul that I am, I’ve devised a way for him to help.

Just give the portion of your contract that derives from white fans and give it to the communities you feel are most racially oppressed. Of course, the FBI states more white are killed by cops than blacks, so logically that would mean whites are more oppressed by cops when it comes to death by police officer.

In other words, you’d be giving your white fans refunds. And instead of blaming it on The Man, you can be The Man and help oppressed people like me avoid getting shot by police. That might mean you have to give up some of your wealth and ability to buy nice things for yourself, but isn’t it worth it knowing you’re helping stamp out oppression?