Yesterday morning I was asked why I do not regularly blog anymore, and the truth of the matter is that although I have been more successful than I thought with this, I really do not have the time I once did. However, that does not mean that my views on certain issues are obscured by my lack of blog postings, and there are a million things I can say about Donald Trump and his fascist presidency, but it was this one thing I heard this morning that finally tipped my juice cup. But first, some context…
Yesterday, and during the middle of the NFL off-season, just as this issue was quieting down, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the league owners have voted on a measure to force all players and coaching staff to stand for the National Anthem as a show of respect for the flag. Those who do not wish to do so must stay in the locker room. As someone who makes a living advocating within the laws of this country as well as someone who served the same country in uniform, I am thoroughly appalled. Or in New York City terms…you gotta be fucking kidding me.
Let’s discuss the Constitutional ramifications of this first. For those of you who see this as a 1st Amendment issue for the players, please shut the fuck up with your half-knowledge or you will only make it worse for the players and make yourself look like an idiot. The NFL football field is a private workplace, and they can decide at their own discretion what sort of expression they can allow on it. The plantation owners are in charge of the field, and this IS as Michael Wilbon of ESPN put it, a “plantation mentality” displayed by the predominantly white NFL owners. They can choose what is done on the field like the massas’ they are. In short…just because you have the right to do something, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do
However, you also cannot compel, and enforce by way of penalty, your own views on your workers. And why was this not collectively bargained for? The NFL Players Association shared the same sentiment responding to yesterday’s decision.
“The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new ‘policy.’ NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about.”
In short, the plantation owners, as usual, totally missed the mark and obviously have no understanding of patriotism. Forced patriotism is not patriotism, it is fascist nationalism disguised as love for country, all while violating its fundamental principles, and as usual, the stupid do not know the difference. If you are unaware that a fundamental American value, what the flag actually stands for, is to protest freely when you see something wrong, then you are disqualified from having a seriously considered opinion on this issue. If the players are brave enough to take some hits in the pocket (and I don’t mean Quaterbacks, but financially) If the NFL finds their Kurt Flood (Google it youngsters), then this case of forced patriotism can make it all the way up to the Supreme Court.
And then of course, there’s this asshole…
THIS WEEK’S REASON WHY DONALD TRUMP IS A FUCKTARD
While giving an interview to the only other kids at the table that will still talk to him, FOXNews, Trump lauded the NFL’s decision by saying “You have to stand proudly for the national anthem. Or you shouldn't be playing, you shouldn't be there. Maybe you shouldn't be in the country." OK Trump, but you do realize that you cannot send the predominantly black NFL back to Africa right? And of course this idiot is unaware that when these protests were first started by Colin Kaepernick, he consulted with actual veterans (something a draft-dodging coward like Trump wouldn’t understand) as to how to respectfully protest during the National anthem, and it was THEIR idea that he used. How this point is so sorely missed by those in charge of this decision is beyond me. The idiot also added that, "I brought it out. I think the people pushed it forward." I’m serious. This ignoramus not only took credit for something that he had no direct part of because he is a man baby still mad that the NFL rejected him, but also just admitted to violating the law, which prompted Kaepernick’s attorney Marc Geragos to tweet this:
Yeah I will let the code speak for itself.
And I won’t even get into his letter to North Korea cancelling the summit in Singapore. Nobel Peace Prize? Sorry asshole, that is reserved for someone who actually did something for peace. Like Barack Obama! Welcome to the America we live in…someone get me a drink…or an enema...whichever is more accessible