Why someone might not stand for the National Anthem

I’ve never heard of this Colin Kaepernick guy before today, but apparently people are mad at him because he used his Constitutional right to protest our National Anthem by not standing for it when it was played.

Of course, he’s now being attacked left and right (okay, mostly right) by people who think he should be punished for not standing up for the Anthem that represents the country that allows people to not be punished for not standing up for the Anthem. Funny, that.

And all of the attacks on him go after him as the messenger of something that they don’t like. Why? Because they can’t attack the message itself, which is this: The National Anthem supports slavery.

Seriously. You don’t hear it in the first verse that everyone knows, but later on the lyrics say this:

No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

What’s that about? Simple. The British were attacking us in 1812 and they promised to free the slaves when they won. They accepted escaped slaves, who fought with the British. Francis Scott Key was proud of the fact that the Americans were able to stop this, putting into the lyrics that we should feel patriotic that the slaves met “the gloom of the grave” for daring to rebel against the United States.

After the war, the US demanded the return of the escaped slaves who lived, but the British refused. So there’s at least that.

But yeah, I can see why someone would say that we shouldn’t have a National Anthem that glorifies war and slavery.

And protesting is more patriotic than blindly accepting something wrong any day.

 

You don’t like women; you just like sex

“Why can’t I get a date?” some men ask. “I like women and I’m a nice guy.”

Then I see them post jokes where the punchline is some variation of “go make me a sandwich” — or they degrade Hillary Clinton’s looks instead of her politics — or they use words like “feminazi” to describe women who support equality.hugh-hefner-how-do-you-get-so-many-bitches

While I hold that nothing should be free from jokes and satire (and yes, I have found some truly offensive things hilarious before and so have you, admit it), when I see you post these kinds of “jokes” over and over again,  it tells me something. People who say “Hey, it’s just a joke” don’t realize how much the kind of joke you tell says more about you than anything else.

And what it tells me is that you don’t really like women; you just like sex with women. It’s not the same thing.

Maybe if you started to think of them as people deserving of respect, even when you disagree with them, you might get more dates and more long-term relationships. Maybe you’ll be more attractive to them if you build them up instead of tearing them down. I mean, isn’t that how you would like to be treated?

It’s not that hard of a concept, really.

 

Not all Republicans are racists, but…

…it sure seems sometimes that all racists are Republican.

Look, here’s a bunch of racists holding a protest in front of a NAACP building while proudly wearing their Donald Trump hats. The treason flag of slavery is draped behind them as they hold a sign saying “white lives matter.”racists

One of their signs reads “14 words” which stands for the white supremacist slogan, “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

You’ve seen these people at Trump rallies. They don’t get kicked out. Rather, it’s the black people who get removed. (Link, Link, link, link …)

The GOP needs to stand up to these people, but instead they seem to be embracing them — or at least tolerating them, which is tantamount to endorsing their position.

“Oh yeah?” someone is sure to respond. “Well, there are racists in the Democratic party too!” — then they’ll ironically point out either (a) some idiot on the fringe who hates white people and who is not endorsed or even tolerated by the Democratic party; or (b) a black politician who says something like “maybe the police shouldn’t target people of color.” If you think those things are equivalent to racial supremacists who preach hate, then you need a nice long look in the mirror.