A Modest Proposal to end the National Anthem kneeling conundrum

It has been maintained by many of the National Anthem kneelers and many on the political left that the keeling during National Anthem has nothing to do with disrespecting our flag, our military, or our country.  This was echoed by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt when he tweeted this:

if you still think it’s about disrespecting the flag or our military, you clearly haven’t been listening.

Was he right about that?  Let’s look at what Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien had to say about this issue:

The players have a right to protest, a right to be heard and a right to be who they are. They’re not taking a knee because they’re against our flag. They’re taking a knee because they haven’t been treated equally in this country for over 400 years.

To me the entire kneeling during the National Anthem is all about disrespecting our flag and everything associated with it.  Why else would they take this action specifically during the National Anthem?

There is no greater expert on this whole kneeling issue than Colin Kaepernick.  Here is his justification for kneeling:

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder

I believe that whole quote is dripping with disrespect for our flag, country, and everything else.  The United States does not have a perfect record when it comes to its treatment of people of color, far from it when you examine slavery, segregation, and racism.  However this country has made enormous strides and is no longer a racist nation.  Protesting racism specifically during the National Anthem is very disrespectful to the flag, our military, and those that gave their life for our country.  It is so disrespectful it pisses me off a great deal.    I know I’m far from alone.  Based on social media and the drop in NFL viewer ship a very large segment of the country agrees with me.

Every single individual has a right to protest as they wish as long as long as they do it peacefully.  That most definitely includes kneeling during the National Anthem.  Because freedom of speech and freedom of expression are two way streets it is perfectly fine to criticize those who kneel.  Some individuals do not understand this. 

It is the timing of the protesting that pisses people off.  Since the kneelers claim that their kneeling has nothing to do with disrespecting the flag why don’t we make them prove it? 

I have just a proposal to end the anthem kneeling situation and make the kneelers prove it has nothing to do with disrespecting the flag.  The NFL, NASCAR, and all other sports associations should specifically set aside time for any athlete to protest racism and racial injustice in any manner they see fit.  The stadium announcers and TV broadcasters should announce the time to protest and the reason behind the protesting.  They should make a big deal about it.  The kneelers will find that they have far more support for their protesting and their cause if the stand during the anthem and protest during that allotted time. 

Society Without Police: Blue States Red Rules.

Two Faces’s Thug: NO! Stay BACK! I got RIGHTS.

Batman: You’ve got rights. Lots of rights. Sometimes I count them just to make myself feel crazy! But right now you’ve got a piece of glass shoved into a major artery in your arm. Right now you’re bleeding to heath. Right now I’m the only one who can get you to a hospital in time.

Batman The Dark Knight Issue 1 1986

George Washington McLintock: [through gritted teeth after knocking Jones down and taking the shotgun point at him and sticking it in Jones ribs] Now, we’ll all calm down!

Drago: Boss, he’s just a little excited.

George Washington McLintock: [Pushing Jones back with his shotgun]I know, I know. I’m gonna use good judgement. I haven’t lost my temper in forty years, but pilgrim you caused a lot of trouble this morning, might have got somebody killed… and somebody oughta belt you in the mouth. But I won’t, I won’t. [slight pause] The hell I won’t! [decks him!]

There is real fallacy among the left concerning the right’s willingness to fight back in a confrontation. concerning our willingness to fight back.

Because the right has a respect for law and is highly Christian many times when facing abuse from the left you run into the demands of Christianity to turn the other cheek or call a cop if they go over a line.

And for those who don’t have all that much respect for either there are always the consequences of same. Deck a leftist and you might face arrest and a court date.

But what happens in a world without police?

Now suddenly the danger of arrest is small or non-existent. If a person is being an ass, suddenly the restraint that kept you from decking him, or beating him, or if they pose the slightest danger, shooting him, is gone.

“But DaTechGuy”, you ask, “Can’t they still go to court and press charges?” Well forgetting that you will need a “police report” you also have the issue of how do you enforce any court decision. You do it with police and marshals. Andrew Jackson famously said when the Surpreme Court ruled in a case involving the Cherokee “John Marshall made his ruling, let him enforce it.”

No police or marshals to enforce a court judgement makes such a ruling a “suggestion” not an order. But it’s even worse than what it sounds like because these scenarios only involve regular people whose 1st instinct is not violence.

While despite the media template leftist extremism is far more rampant than on the right (mainly because the left embraces such folk unlike the right which rejects them) they do exist. How do you think they will react in a city where there are no police to stop them?

Does the left really want to enable and encourage the next Scott Roeder by conniving him that there will be no cops after him if he targets an abortionist or a “clinic”?

That’s what “no police” means. I think it’s a really stupid idea.