In our last article regarding the NFL’s protests of the American National Anthem, we reviewed the hypocrisy of the players refusing to show respect for the country that gave them the opportunity for greatness. Now, lets look at the disrespect they have been, and are, showing towards the men and women who have risked their very lives to protect that opportunity.
NFL and AMVETS
In a flimsy show of attempted patriotism, the NFL solicited AMVETS (American Veterans) to run an ad in the SuperBowl program. AMVETS was more than willing to pay for the placement of the ad, and the NFL was willing to support it until they reviewed the content. Offended by a simple two word statement, #PleaseStand, the NFL suddenly changed it’s mind and revoked the AMVETS ad. However, that very same ad was accepted by Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League for their all star games programs.
“Freedom of Speech works both ways,” AMVETS National Commander Marion Polk stated in a letter he wrote to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “We respect the rights of those who choose to protest, as these rights are precisely what our members have fought- and in many cases died- for. But imposing corporate censorship to deny that same right to those veterans who have secured it for us all is reprehensible and totally beyond the pale.”
It is one thing for these NFL players to exercise their right to free speech (disrespectful though they may be) but it is another thing entirely to suppress that right for other people, especially the very people that risked life and limb to protect it.
“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause.” -Abraham Lincoln, a leader of the movement that ended slavery in America.
As clarified in the first article of this series, systemic racism no longer exists in America. There are no laws that prohibit fair pay, fair treatment, or fair opportunity for minorities. Individual racism, however, exists in both minorities and majorities because humans are inevitably fallible. Showing disdain for the souls that have given everything for the greatest, freest country in the world is a level of ignorance, insolence, and contempt that none of our veterans deserve, but silencing the voice of their defenders is downright shameful.
NFL is now one of the most divisive brands in America
Despite the NFL’s claims about keeping the SuperBowl clean of politics, it is currently ranked the 6th most polarizing brand in America, listed only behind Trump Hotels, CNN, Fox News, NBC News, and The New York Times. The NFL has become less an American sport than an American controversy, their anti-American spirit acting as a huge turn off for many football fans across the country.
Love and appreciation for the men and women who have served to ensure that America remains the land of the free and home of the brave is engrained in every absolute patriot. To dishonor and silence them in favor of a leftist propaganda lie is distasteful and disgusting to those true patriots, and the NFL is paying the price for it- as they should. Ratings are down, affiliated companies are suffering, and countless Americans are disappointed in the behavior of the players.
Kaepernick and hundreds of other NFL players claim to be bringing awareness to the supposed injustices of the United States as a whole, meanwhile they are disregarding and ignoring the right of others to free speech. This is an example of injustice that ought to kindle the passion of every true American.
The USA is the land of the free BECAUSE of the brave, and it is only because so many lovers of liberty sacrificed their lives that the players are able to protest. To silence the very ones who defended them is to move towards nullifying everything those veterans have fought for and defended.
When did honoring our veterans become so controversial?
It began with liberals such as Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Barak Obama, and many more who taught citizens to be ashamed of America. It began when they continuously brainwashed the young generations into thinking that there was nothing about America to be proud of, and if there’s nothing to be proud of, why should they stand and respect those who fought for it?
People need to remember and realize what is truly special about America- freedom. If these players lived in countries like North Korea, Iraq, Iran, China, Cuba, or any other number of nations and tried to protest their flags and anthems, they would be done away with, beaten, or killed by political leaders.
Our veterans have protected the freedom of speech for us- we cannot let it be taken away from them. Join us as We Stand, united by love for America and the Patriotism in our hearts. God bless America, and every man and woman who has fought for her.