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NFL Kneeling: Activism for the Lazy

Here’s the thing about NFL kneeling. I grew up in Colorado and was a die-hard Broncos fan.

I BLED BLUE AND ORANGE. Sundays were my Do Not Disturb, I’m watching football day.

We were the sworn enemy of the Oakland Raiders and wore our NFL gear with pride.

When this whole NFL kneeling controversy started with Colin Kaepernick, I didn’t pay much attention because he wasn’t on my team.

In my mind, he was a horrible quarterback and was convinced this was just a way to distract people from the real issue with him: He’s a terrible player

His pity party carried on after the 2016 season when he was cut from the 49ers.  Surprised?  I wasn’t.  Look at this stats.  Of course in his mind, this wasn’t the case.  Like most spoiled, entitled brats, they are incapable of taking any kind of responsibility for themselves.

The fact that he hadn’t been fined the first time he did it was shocking to me.

The NFL was more than happy to fine Brian Urlacher for wearing an unlicensed hat for Vitamin Water during a press conference.

Or Sean Taylor of the Pittsburgh Steelers for writing “21” on his eye black to commemorate the memory of a fallen friend. Or even fining Frank Gore of the 49ers because his socks were too low. Not joking.

They weren’t afraid to fine Kaepernick for wearing these pink Beats headphones for Breast Cancer Awareness.

So why the change in policy all of sudden?

Had the NFL maintained some level of consistency with their policies and fine him the first time, they may have been able to avoid this whole mess in the first place.

And yet, here we are barreling toward round 2 of this divisive nonsense.  And yes, I believe that it’s nonsense.

Here’s Why

For starters, many other conservative personalities have already emphasized the BLATANT hypocrisy of this protest by pointing out that the majority of black men in this country who are murdered are actually killed by other black men. Not police officers. Not to mention, the NFL creates more victims of violence than it actually prevents considering their players are arrested for domestic violence more than any other professional sport.

Now I’m not saying that racism is completely dead in this country and I’m also not saying that it isn’t important to bring these issues out into the light where people can discuss them, find solutions and work towards solving an actual problem.

I support activism, freedom of speech and am always happy to see people in positions of influence us their status for good.

Like going out into a community and helping to build youth centers or feed the homeless.

Kneeling for the National Anthem isn’t activism.  It’s just plain lazy.

It takes zero effort, money or time to kneel down during our nation’s greatest song.  As soon as it’s over, the players stand up, play the game, collect their millions of dollars and drive home in whatever fancy car they have.

Activism and community service are no longer a concern to them as they pull up to their multimillion-dollar homes.  They won’t be concerned with any more “community service” until next Sunday.

(To be fair, I’m sure there are at least a few kneeling players who devote some time to their communities.  For the most part, though, the players we see as being really involved in their communities are the ones standing.)

Anyone can exploit some easy media coverage. It takes a real hero to go out into the community and do some actual work.

The second and arguably more important factor to consider is, they are exploiting their place of employment.

Source:ESPN

If I was hired by a business and I chose to use it as a platform to make political statements, anger 50% of my customers and cost them millions of dollars in revenue, what do you think would happen? I would get fired.  Yep, I would definitely get fired and so would you.

This is what it all really boils down to.

These players are employees (contracted or otherwise) and if their behavior is detrimental to the company, they should get fired.  These protests are angering a huge portion of their customer base, their advertisers, and sponsors.  The NFL needs to stop kowtowing around this issue and do what they should have done in the first place. Run the NFL like the business that it is.

Establish a set of rules and then actually stick to them.

If you don’t like them, go get a regular job and see how they feel about your protest then.

Pretty sure there are hundreds of young athletes praying every single night for an opportunity that these players have. And I would be willing to bet money that they would go out there, play their butts off and be grateful they can live in a country where they get paid millions of dollars to play a sport.

I was hoping I could simply go back to cheering for my home team this season. However, it appears the NFL will continue to be bullied and pushed around by its own players and their identity politics.

To that, I say, hockey anyone?

GOOOOOOO KNIGHTS!

Socialism: A Lesson in Failure

Socialism, where the Starbucks flows freely, everyone gets a trophy, a house and probably a puppy?

Maybe that’s just my version of a socialist utopia which all sounds amazing until you actually implement it.

Unfortunately, many college kids are being indoctrinated on a daily basis that socialism as some sort of modern original thought because obviously all the countries that have tried (and failed) to properly introduce socialism “just didn’t do it right”.

Seems legit.

Let’s just take this oldie, but still, a goodie of a college professor who did an experiment in socialism with his class.  Granted, this was before they actually started teaching socialism in the classroom but that’s a different article for another day.

(Note: This is not my original anecdote and is purely anecdotal and not considered a factual event to my knowledge)

Professor in front of roomAn economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich; a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on this plan”.

All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.

The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D!

No one was happy.

Failing Grades for Everyone
Source:SUNY Cortland

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when the government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Like I said, an oldie but a goodie.

Makes you grateful the government gave you that puppy now huh?

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