There seems to be a sickening trend among America’s national athletes…
It’s not doing steroids or getting caught with cocaine in their system, but what they ARE doing is just as bad.
What’s going on?
Athletes are starting to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem in protest of… well… just about anything.
It seems that these athletes, who are supposedly representing the best that America has to offer, are trying to use their platform to bring attention to some cause or another.
At its heart, the act of protest is very American…
If we, as citizens of this great country, don’t like something or feel that we can use our station in life to bring awareness to some kind of injustice in the world, then we should do so with a full heart and the backing of our fellow patriots.
Protesting and standing up for the weak is VERY American.
But kneeling isn’t enough.
When Kneeling Just ISN’T Enough
What good is kneeling and bringing attention to whatever cause you’re trying to promote if, once your cause gets said attention, you do nothing more.
For instance, Colin Kaepernick would have gotten a lot more respect if he had been more involved with the actual “grunt” work of bringing about change instead of kneeling and whining to the press.
Can you imagine how we’d be viewing Kaepernick now if, after he had brought attention to police violence, he had gone out for rides with officers and actually gotten involved in his community?
He’d be looked at a LOT different than how he’s viewed now.
It seemed like the ENTIRE NFL followed suit. Very FEW of the players did anything but kneel and bring attention to themselves.
Then there seemed to be a lull in the kneeling talk…
And then Megan Rapinoe, captain of the American women’s soccer team, started grabbing headlines for kneeling again.
However, instead of kneeling for perceived police violence, she’s kneeling in protest of Donald Trump and his administration.
You’re a representative of the United States as one of our national athletes and you’re going to kneel in protest of the President?
That’s Grade-A bulls**t.
Kneeling in protest and not doing anything afterward means nothing…
And yet these people are inspiring others to do the same thing.
Disrespect In The LAST Place You’d Expect To See It
People like US National Team fencer Race Imboden, along with hammer-thrower Gwen Berry, chose to do follow suit.
Both of these athletes used their time on the podium at the Pan American Games to disrespect the American flag and the National Anthem – all in the name of protest.
During their medal ceremonies, Imboden bent the knee and Berry raised her fist, a la Tommie Smith and John Carlos who raised their fists during their medal ceremony in 1968.
Imboden tweeted, “We must call for change. This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze. My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart. Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list. I chose to sacrifice my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change.”
You’re full of it, Race…
You wanted NOTHING more than to bring attention to yourself. To claim it was for all these other issues is just dishonest.
What are you doing outside of kneeling? What are you doing that’s ACTUALLY going to make a difference?
Now that you got the attention you wanted…
Because your next step will be the measure of the man you are. Are you all talk? Are you all “show” and no “go”?
Or are you going to get your hands dirty along with the knee of your pants?
That’s the real question…
Because there are a lot of soldiers who are getting VERY dirty protecting YOUR right to kneel.
Let’s see if you have the HALF the courage as they do.
“Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.” ― Fyodor Dostoevsky