I have a simple rule: if a football player “takes a knee” during the playing of The Star Spangled Banner, then I turn off the game, and I don’t return to it. And I won’t watch that team again until that team has no players who do that.
Here’s the real truth of it: Young men “protesting” against the country that put in place a system that allows them to become some of the richest people in the history of the world, and whining that that country is somehow “oppressive” to people like them.
This is a country in which a good deal of “people like them” — people with brown or dark brown skin — aren’t well off. But, here’s the difference, and it makes all the difference: there’s no lack of opportunity for every single solitary one of them to be every bit as prosperous as the idiot football players.
Maybe not through football, but with some or all of the following: hard work, a bit of thought and imagination, some charm and/or initiative, maybe a bit of luck, or good looks, there is no limit to where any man or woman can go. Regardless of skin color, creed, height, weight, sexual preference, eye color, craziness or idiocy level — for example: there are lots of rich Socialists around, including one we call: “Mr. President.”
If you’re a black man or woman and you’re whining about how awful it is in America then, best case, you’re woefully ignorant; worst case, you’re an idiot, and you’re everything that the stereotypes you insist are so offensive say you are.
A simple truth: the poorest American — white, brown, yellow or black — still lives better than 90% of the rest of the world, most of whom are unsure of (1) where their next meal is coming from, and (2) whether or not — even if they do eat — they’ll survive the next day.
Guess what, morons who “protest oppression” in America, every last one of the rest of the 90% of the world — the ones who aren’t sure whether they’ll make it past tomorrow? — their dream is to come here to America.
So, yes, you should drop to your knees — in gratitude that you won the lottery: the odds against your living here in America, at this time, were around 313.4 to 1. So, drop to your knees, and say, “Thank you!” to God for your astonishing good fortune.(1)
Yes, drop to your knees in thanks that you’re not one of the rest of the 90% of the world who sob each night because they can’t come here to America to live.
But when The Star Spangled Banner plays, get up off your fat, stupid, lazy backsides, put your hand or your hat over your heart, thank your lucky stars, and salute the greatest country that’s ever existed.
(1) It’s estimated that there have been somewhere in the neighborhood of 105 billion people in all of human history. The current population of the United States of America is roughly 335 million. One hundred five billion divided by three hundred thirty-five million is: 313.43