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I stole this title from Ken Hamblin’s very fine book because I couldn’t come up with a better title that would fit this post.

I thought of calling it “I’m Sick And Tired Of A Bunch Of Overpaid Millionaire Testosterone-Driven Malcontents Who Wear A Uniform And Throw Around A Football For A Living Showing Disrespect To Our Country And Especially To Our Military Who Also Don A Uniform For A Helluva Lot Less Money And Who Carry Weapons So That These Over-Privileged Cry-Babies Can Exercise Their Free Speech Rights,” but I think it would be too long.

I’m hoping you get my point.  If what we’re seeing today in the NFL wasn’t so disgusting and a reflection of a lack of, not only, respect but knowledge of our National Anthem, it would be laughable.  Multi-millionaires crying, “Oh, poor me – look how awful this country is that lets me make millions of dollars because I can run fast or catch a ball.”  How incredibly pathetic.

I’d like to know what exactly each and every one of these ungrateful twits did before Colin Kaepernick started all this for their communities, families, local schools and students.  Did they have foundations?  Did they mentor?  Did they do anything before their protests?

I defy any one of these players to pick a better country – a country where they’re paid millions of dollars to throw around a football AND have the right to insult the greatest military in the world.  The same military men and women who risk their lives every day, away from their families, in every corner of the world, to protect these same losers’ right to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem.

As a good friend of mine recently wrote on Facebook and I couldn’t have said it better:  “Anyone who takes a knee and disrespects the American Flag and this country will get no respect from me. The only time you should take a knee is if you are praying to God or getting your head chopped off by a radical ISIS scumbag.”

I doubt any one of these protesters knows anything about our National Anthem.  That’s what’s so pitiful about their so-called protest against this “oppressive” country.  It’s so easy to be self-righteous when you have nothing to lose.  Try going to some other countries and showing such disrespect and see what happens.

Does any one of them know what this country has done for freedom and the liberation of millions of people over the centuries?  I’d challenge any one of these punks to put on a military uniform and stand in the shoes of a serviceman or woman for one football season and they’d be crying to come home.

The ludicrous nature of their protest reminds me of dialogue between Columbo and the murderer in Try and Catch Me:

Lt. Columbo:  “I can remember the only new car my father ever bought… “

Abigail Mitchell:  “My father never owned a car.  Not until I bought him one.  I was 20; I’d just sold my first book.  Shall we compare poverty stories, Lieutenant?”

Lt. Columbo:  “Not in a Rolls Royce, ma’am.”

They believe this country is so awful and yet they, themselves, enjoy fat bank accounts for doing, in my opinion, absolutely nothing that affects anyone’s lives versus our military who keeps us safe day after day.

What’s even more disturbing is that the NFL leadership doesn’t say to the players, “Fine, if you want to protest, do it on your time – not on the field.”  The only thing that will change the NFL’s position is if it starts losing really big bucks.

And, while I’m talking about the NFL’s coffers, I only became aware this week that the federal taxpayer actually subsidizes the NFL $1 billion – that’s “B” for billion – every year.  I was stunned.  Under which Article of the Constitution is the NFL entitled to any federal money?

And how exactly did this disrespect for our military, our flag, our Nation develop and become ok and acceptable?  On September 12, 2001, Wal-Mart sold 88,000 flags, compared to only 6,400 that same day a year earlier.  Sixteen years later, a Chicago library “exhibit” allowed teachers to desecrate the American flag.

I’ve been to over 60 countries and I’ve yet to find a country comparable to the United States on any level.  Why is it that countless number of people, each year, try to come to this country if it’s so oppressive?  Where are the lines of people leaving America?  Lots of so-called celebrities whine that they’ll leave if so and so gets elected, but they never do, do they?

One of the reasons I love watching “America’s Got Talent” is the attitude of so many non-American people who appear on the show and who have such hope of winning on America’s stage and gratitude for this country.  A perfect example was this year’s semi-finalist, “Light Balance,” from Ukraine who, each week, thanked America for the opportunity to bring their families “out of the darkness” and provide them with a much better life in America.

I’m guessing these ungrateful NFL players don’t watch AGT;  they have no clue how good they have it.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

 

 

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  • Brant Spencer

    Love it! Agree 100%.

  • Ron F

    I guess I do not understand how kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful of the military or that it suggests that the protesters do not think this is the greatest country on earth. I complain about a lot of things but it does not mean that I do not think this is the greatest country on earth or that I should find another community. I also do not understand what the wealth of the players has to do with their right or the validity of what they are saying. President Trump is a billionaire but no one objects to him saying that he will make America great again of that he cannot criticize the tax code that allowed him to acquire the wealth. I assume that when he says we need to make America great again he thinks it is not great now. As for the subsidies for the NFL, I am not in favor of subsidies for any industry. I disagree with the Republican tax plan because it will leave mortgage deductions and charitable/political deductions. Why should other taxpayers subsidize home buyers and the mortgage industry as well as charities? I don’t watch the NFL but even if I did, it would not bother me. It is their right to protest what they consider an injustice in the manner they believe is the most effective. I may not agree with them but it seems to me it is a fundamental right – further, as far as I know it was a fairly small minority that did it. By the way, is it just as disrespectful of the American flag to fly any other flag including the confederate flag since it was the flag of people who were fighting against the United States? Or what about Confederate monuments? Are they showing more disrespect of the country and flag?

  • sgtstriker

    Wow Ron, Your rant is off the mark in so many places I don’t have the time to rebut….
    Suffice it to say that I assume that you are very limited in life experience in the real world. Get out of the house more often, and read some history…..

  • Ron F

    Sergeant Striker, the fact that you may disagree with it does not mean I am off the mark, that I am “very limited in life experience, do not get out of the house and do not read history.

  • Ron F

    Sergeant Striker, these are some of the history books I have read in the last 6 months or so but since you seem to think it is inadequate, maybe you can suggest something else.

    Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution;
    American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant;
    Lincoln’s Greatest Speech: The Second Inaugural;
    Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI;
    The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier;
    Eternity Street: Violence and Justice in Frontier Los Angeles;
    The Chinatown War: Chinese Los Angeles and the Massacre of 1871;
    Louis Brandeis, American Prophet;
    Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788;
    The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World Before the War, 1890–1914; .
    The Guns of August;
    Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany;
    Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation;
    The Gnostic Gospels; Adam and Eve and the Serpent:
    Sex and Politics in Early Christianity

  • chief98110

    I started to limit my intake of mainstream news & so-called “new season hit” television after I retired. I turn my attention to travel, ballroom dancing and thinking. My thinking has focused on observation of people and how they behave. Over the last 4 years, I have come to the conclusion that the vast majority of folks are ill informed and much of their behavior is predicated on popular opinions coming from TV, radio and mainstream news. If you press most people about their beliefs, you find that little is based on independent thought and much of their vocalization is parroted from the media. My point is that the above outlets greatly influence people’s behavior. This observation is supported by the simple fact that advertising is everywhere and is influential. Why? Because it works! While Ron is the rare exception, most people are impacted by media and advertising.
    People better start thinking and questioning or this country is doomed.

  • Ron F

    Chief the problem is other people see us the same way. By the way the kneeling in pro football has been going on for over a year but it seems that since the President said something about it, it has become a much bigger issue. And since I do not watch Fox, CNN or MSNBC, because I find they all have a bias and have too much debate and analysis in a news show, I do not know what is influencing them by opinion makers.