Just about everyone’s mother’s brother’s uncle’s sister’s cousin’s dog is well aware of the nonsense going on in the NFL with the whole kneeling during the National Anthem business.
Professional athletes, who make millions of dollars to play a game most people play for free every day, have been “protesting” inequality — so they say — by getting down on one knee during the anthem, caring little for the fact that such an act is a pretty big display of disrespect toward those who have given their lives to defend the freedom these folks take for granted.
There’s been a pretty big backlash from fans who have opted to boycott the NFL, sending their ratings plummeting straight through the dirt. Many players have even lost sponsorships for their attempt to look hip, cool, and relevant.
Unfortunately, it seems a significant amount of damage to our culture has already been done, thanks to these dolts, as the “kneeling” phenomenon is now spreading well beyond the realm of sports and has entered the world of local politics.
Apparently four city council members from Ann Arbor, Michigan, decided to take a knee during the Pledge of Allegiance.
Chip Smith, 5th Ward; Chuck Warpehoski, 5th Ward; Sumi Kailasapathy, 1st Ward; and Jason Frenzel, 1st Ward; moved in front of the council’s table, turned toward the flag and took a knee when it came time to recite the Pledge of Allegiance after the meeting was called to order.
Warpehoski said the move was an act of attention, concern and respect.
“I can’t speak to what is in each person’s heart, but for me to ‘take a knee’ is an act of attention, of concern, and of respect,” Warpehoski wrote on his website ahead of Monday’s meeting and also stated at the meeting. “And it is in that spirit that I take a knee at tonight’s City Council meeting: out of respect for the aspiration that we be a nation ‘with liberty and justice for all,’ with full attention that we fall short of that ideal in many ways, and with humble dedication to continue to work that the promise of the pledge may be fulfilled.”
During the meeting, Kailasapathy said she knelt during the Pledge to demonstrate her commitment to upholding democratic values.
“For me, taking a knee is also showing solidarity with the group of people who have been doing this at the national level,” she said.
Could these people have made their desperate cry for attention any more obvious? The neediness of these four is painfully awkward and to be honest, makes them look like silly children trying to get mom and dad to buy them a new toy at the store by showing off in public.
The bottom line here is these folks did this to get eyeballs on them, seeing how it has been effective for football players. Guess they figured it would get them fifteen minutes of fame. And look, it’s working.
I’m not quite sure what kind of solidarity they think they’re accomplishing here, other than standing with a bunch of spoiled brats who are insulting their fellow countrymen and spitting on the graves of the brave souls who put on a uniform and fought to preserve our freedom and security from outside threats.
If these people really want to make a difference in the world they need to put on their big boy pants and actually tackle the issues facing Americans today in an educated debate/discussion format, presenting their ideas for the world to see and judge. They should be drafting resolutions based on the concern of their citizens, letting them see their voices are being heard.
Perhaps that’s just too much work.