Iknow most of The New Nationalists’ (TNN) readers pop by to read Russ. Periodically, Thomas and I chime in and share our views. Such is the case with the NFL kneelers. So here are my observations and my rant for those following the issue. Feel free to disagree.
First, allow me to set the scene.
A dear friend of mine is a long-time hardcore Steelers fan. (I’m a Pac-12 gal.) He was immensely proud last year that his team never took knee during the national anthem, presumably (and even if for no other reason) out of respect one of their teammates: Alejandro Villanueva, who is a three-time Afghanistan war vet and Army Ranger. But then, yesterday, the Steelers announced they wouldn’t be taking the field for the National Anthem.
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Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin, who is also a NFL executive committee member, said his team didn’t take the field for the anthem because they didn’t want to play politics. What they don’t seem to appreciate is that standing for the National Anthem is not a political act, it’s a patriotic one. It’s about an America united under one flag that represents freedom. By not taking the field, the Steelers garnered the contempt of both the kneelers and patriots. And doing it in the immediate wake of Trump’s inflammatory comments politicized their unprecedented action all the more. It should be noted that the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans also refused to take the field for the anthem.
My friend swore off the Steelers over breakfast Sunday and contacted his friends who did the same. Initial reports Monday morning indicate NFL viewership fell 10% over this same week last year, which was already down 14% compared to 2015.
A J.D. Power survey in July revealed that anthem protests were the top reason NFL fans watched fewer games.
The pollster said it asked more than 9,200 people who attended either one football, basketball or hockey game whether they tuned into fewer games and why. Twenty-six percent of those who watched fewer games last season said that national anthem protests, some of which were led by Colin Kaepernick, were the reason.
After that, 24 percent of those surveyed who said they watched fewer games said they did so either because of the league’s off-the-field image issues with domestic violence or with game delays, including penalties.
After watching my friend sadly pack away his Terrible Towel and delete future games off his DVR, I took a look at Twitter. And while my friend took out his frustration on his backyard plants, I discovered a touching video of Villanueva standing alone with his hand over his heart. #StandWithVillanueva
It choked me up seeing Villanueva standing alone at the entrance to the tunnel. I think many patriotic nationalists can relate to this isolationism when standing up for greater-good ideals against polarizing politics. By the way, sales of Villanueva’s jersey are soaring.
The anthem demonstration – much like the destruction of monuments – appears to be about destroying core American values, traditions and history in order to placate the perceived injustices of the day as dictated by those without any awareness of or appreciation and respect for American liberties and freedoms.
Sports is like war. The anthem shows unity, allegiance to one another, as well as respect for those who fought real wars for our freedoms – freedoms that special-interest groups would like us to forego for sake of their feelings. I think the coach of Virginia Tech’s basketball team describes it best. Bravo.
I and others suspect that the end result of these anthem protests will be the discontinuation of the National Anthem at sporting events altogether, just as the Pledge osf Allegiance was discontinued in schools. (Is a single Millennial willing and able to recite the pledge? Doubt it.)
Sports and sports fans tend to be pro-masculine, pro-American and non-racist. They’re not part of the hyper-liberal agenda and are, therefore, targets to be discouraged and dismantled. We’ve written about this topic ad nauseam on TNN. We are constantly analyzing and asking, “Who does this serve and how?”
When San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick controversially took a knee last year, it was in protest of police violence against people of color. Police violence is a real issue, but cloaking it in race-baiting rhetoric is a distraction. Kaepernick, like George Soros, further drove home the anti-police, anti-white messaging by writing huge checks to the radical group Black Lives Matter. By the way, Kaepernick is now without a team. Nobody will sign him.
The reality is that more white people are killed by police every year than any minority group. Publications like The Washington Post acknowledge this but then try to dismiss it with faulty national demographic ratio analyses. National demographics are misleading. The majority of these deaths of black people occur in communities that are predominantly black and where crime committed by those same black people is disproportionately high. But I’m not going to get into a race and numbers game here.
The argument is whether police use deadly force far too often. I don’t envy the scary job police have and wouldn’t presume to tell them how to do their job. I’ve done several police ride alongs and fully appreciate and respect their role in the community. But years ago, laws changed that – along with IDF training and militarization of equipment – allowed cops to use deadly force if a suspect presents in their view any sort of threat to the community. That’s why they can shoot to kill a person with a knife who is acting erratically, rather than just maim them.
Deadly force is the issue. NFL players from all teams could band together on the steps of D.C. or through spot advertisements to argue the issue, rather than perpetuating a race-baiting, politically polarizing sideshow on the sidelines that does nothing but disrespects veterans, patriots and nationalists.
But yesterday’s anthem sideshow was a Trump protest more than anything else. Let’s not kid ourselves.
Speaking of sideshows, the NFL commission (aka executive committee) continues to prove itself a bastion for liberal hypocrisy. While it touts “free speech” for its hands-off approach to the anthem protest, we shouldn’t forget that the NFL wouldn’t allow Steeler DeAngelo Williams to wear pink cleats in memory of mother, who died of breast cancer; and it wouldn’t allow players last year to wear “Arm-in-Arm” decals on their helmets in support of police and in memory of fallen officers in Dallas.
In other news, I’m happy – and frankly shocked — to see a New York court sentenced Jewish politician and pervert Anthony “Carlos Danger” Weiner to 21-months in jail today for sexting with a 15-year-old girl. His plea stipulates no appeal. And a so-called “free speech” rally at Berkely over the weekend was a bust. Are people finally wising up to self-aggrandizing Milo? Hope springs eternal.