I try to stay away from a lot of political stuff on this blog. I don’t want to become centered on that.
But I have some thoughts on what’s been going on recently in America. What with this kneeling business and all. And other stuff.
If you live in a different country you may not have heard about the sports players kneeling for the national Anthem as a protest against Racism.
I don’t know if the Constitution forbids that, I don’t remember anything about that when I read it, so I can’t exactly say what they did was unconstitutional.
And I also wouldn’t say disloyalty to your Government is always a bad thing.
Hold on a minute, let me explain:
I would not call the German’s who tried to help the Jews or bend the rules slightly for honest people wrong for not following the system.
I would not call the Chinese who resist the Communist Revolution wrong.
I would not call it wrong to refuse to lie, kill, steal, or otherwise sin even if your Government told you to.
I would call that the Appeal to Authority thought fallacy, and it it not only stupid, but dangerous. (As all stupidity is after a point.)
I think you are never wrong to do the right thing, as Mark Twain said.
With that in mind, why do I think this taking a knee stuff is not right?
I will admit that the players themselves are probably thinking of it as a good thing and not intentionally trying to be disloyal to the country; or, if they are, they are not aware of why it should be otherwise.
If that sounds condescending, then I’m sorry. Because the only alternative is to think they are intentionally giving the finger to every person in this country who respects it.
I don’t think even that absolute patriotism is an admirable thing. It leads to blindness usually.
Also, I will confess that I’ve seldom ever felt really proud to be an American. I love the ideals this country was built on, but I am only ashamed of the ideals it is turning towards now.
So, I can understand why these players may be having difficulty in feeling kinship with their country.
But I am appalled at how many News Channels and talk shows are lauding this kind of response.
I don’t like the knee bending because I find it immature and insolent at the same time.
It may be kind of weird to pledge allegiance to a flag, or to show honor to a piece of cloth. But the flag is a symbol. Like a crucifix. People shouldn’t go around pledging their hearts to a little wooden figurine, but there is sometimes an inspiring power in physical representations of invisible truths.
The pledge of allegiance equates the flag with the Republic “for which it stands.”
If you diss the flag, you are not dissing racism, you are dissing the Republic.
The flag stands for the American way. Which has nothing, and I repeat nothing, to do with Racism. One way or the other. You won’t find Racism in the Constitution. Or the Declaration of Independence. Or Common Sense. Or the Federalist papers. (That I know of.)
Further more, the Bill of Rights can be amended, so even if Racism had originally been a part of our Constitutional principles, it has long been removed.
I’d like to ask all of those players if they have read the Constitution.
But one might make the point that it doesn’t matter what the Documents say, so long as the Country as a whole is still Racist.
Tell that to Fredrick Douglass; he quoted the Declaration, he claimed his constitutional rights.
But still another question I have is how dissing the flag is supposed to do anything about racism?
What are you protesting really? Racism or America?
Whew! I am getting worked up.
But from a rational standpoint, I still don’t see how it helps their cause.
I do note that most of if not all of these players seemed to be African American.
If they really feel so concerned about racism–these poor, discriminated against professional National Foot Ball league players… of whom at least half are African American–then why waste time making people angry over the flag? Why not form a group and start changing things where Racism actually is? Because it’s not in the NFL.
National heroes like them cold have a lot of influence around inter city gang members, and the underprivileged kid in the ghettos, where Racism take thousands of lives, probably yearly.
What makes me really angry is that these players, and the people supporting them, aren’t going by facts, realities, or statistics. They aren’t going to the places where this stuff actually happens and finding out the real reality. They aren’t interviewing anyone with other viewpoints than what makes theirs sound more real.
Have any of them read the books I have read that actually deal with racism and black lives being at risk? Have they watched documentations? Have they heard stories other than cover stories (which are usually tweaked,) have they talked to African American’s who aren’t democrats to see if they all feel discriminated against too?
Where are the people protesting that Ben Carson should have won to keep up the trend of black presidents?
Well, Ben Carson is a conservative. He doesn’t feel discriminated against.
That is what it boils down to. None of this is based in reality. The News Network is not reality.
What’s really fake is the idea that bending a knee to the flag can do anything except incite anger. Does it inspire anything but more resentment and more hatred in people’s hearts? On both sides of the debate.
I can’t tell these player what to do mainly because I can’t speak to them directly at all. I can’t tell anyone who approved them what to do either.
I don’t think the liberal media is going to read this post. And if they did, they wouldn’t listen.
That being said, I do not expect to change the minds of the people who are determined to think this is okay.
What I do hope is that if someone is not bent on one perspective or the other, they’ll consider mine.
I won’t say the Conservatives are handling this in the best way either.
To me it’s not about the party, it’s about the principle. I believe in respect and honor, and compassion, and mercy, and justice.
That’s why I don’t condone ignoring all of those things in order to show the world that as far as you’re concerned, you’re country can go to pot.
But I run the risk of overstating my point, so I’ll stop here. Until next time–Natasha.