Imagine the joy and sense of accomplishment you must feel by being a part of a collegiate national championship team.

Everybody in college-level athletics works hard…

But for a chosen few — that hard work pays dividends at the end of the season with that championship ring.

One of the traditions of winning a championship in either college or professional leagues is getting the chance to be invited to the White House and meet with the president of the United States.

The tradition got its start in the 1800s — but really became a regular thing in the latter half of the 20th century…

However, over the years — a few athletes have chosen NOT to attend the White House event for various reasons.

Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Tom Brady have all declined to go to the event for some undisclosed reason, or they wanted to play golf instead…

But it wasn’t until Trump took office that teams have flat-out declined the invitation to visit the White House.

These kids are choosing not to visit the White House because of how they feel about Donald Trump or his policies, which lets you know just how powerful the liberal ideals these student athletes are learning truly are.

They’re believing what they’re told…

So, they’re exercising their right not to visit — and instead — view their declining of the visit as a form of protest.

Exercising Their American Right … to Be Judgmental

Is it?

Maybe…

Maybe the fact that they’re choosing not to visit may influence some kid who looks up to these players and wants to follow in their footsteps —– and in doing so — start trying to think and believe like their heroes.

But…

Here’s the long and short of it…

Nobody cares.

The fact that the University of Virginia’s newest national championship team has declined the invitation to visit the White House isn’t even front-page news — lets us know that their decision amounts to a zero sum.

If these kids want to turn down opportunities to do things that not many other people get to do — that’s on them.

The coach is claiming a “scheduling conflict” — but does it truly make sense? This is an opportunity to visit one of the most iconic buildings in our country…

And seeing as they’re only a few hours away — using the ol’ “scheduling conflict” excuse seems flimsy — especially when you take into account one of the players tweeted something that seemed pretty anti-Trumpish.

If their parents haven’t passed on the fact that these experiences should all be savored and will become lasting memories that they’ll be able to look back on in their later years — that’s on them.

But as far as people caring? As far as the general public is concerned…

Virginia choosing not to go has been met with a collective “meh.”

There are other things to worry about, like Thanos in the “Avengers” movie or the White Walkers from “Game of Thrones”…

A bunch of misguided college kids refusing to go to the White House is even less newsworthy than the coming birth of a new royal — you know — from another country.

For Trump … it’s a win too.

Seeing as he’s been footing the bill for the meals eaten by these kids — they’re doing him a solid…

Especially when you keep in mind that our president is giving 100% of his salary away to charity.

They’re Not Protesting — They’re Virtue Signaling

Here’s the truth of it all…

This act — or kneeling during the national anthem — are protests.

They’re not…

They may have started out that way — but once the conversation started — then it was time to put the protest away and start having the real kind of dialogue to truly combat the problems our society can face at times.

What good is a protest?

It doesn’t change anything…

A movement does. Look at France and the Yellow Vests. That is a movement — that will fundamentally change France — though nobody knows if it’ll be for good or for bad.

What these “protests” are now — is nothing more than an attention-seeking, virtue-signaling stunt.

That’s it.

That’s why nobody cares anymore…

It’s old hat, and the only statement it makes is — “Oh, I guess these liberals aren’t getting enough attention.”

If these athletes wanted to foster REAL change — they’d be doing a LOT more when the camera isn’t on them. They’d be doing a lot more with their off time than playing video games and eating pizza.

They’d be getting involved…

They’d be volunteering…

They’d truly be trying to make a difference.

But they’re not…

Nor will they.

They’re just becoming a bigger part of the problem…

 

“It seems the only way to gain attention today is to organize a march and protest something.” — Billy Graham