Just do it? Just do what?

I’m tired of the whole NFL kneeler, Kaepernick, Nike, media, social media kabuki show. In my mind, it only serves to demonstrate one thing. How easily Americans can be divided and emotionally swayed in almost any direction. All because of preconceived notions, biases and a lifetime of human conditioning we are ready to turn on our friends. I’ve seen so many Facebook posts on the topic since Nike decided to make Kaepernick the face of “Just Do It” it amazes me. I even saw one post of 1950’s era white baseball players posing for a photograph and someone captioned it as white players kneeling to protest black lynching. At the Lefty Gomez page, it’s the first photo you see at this link. It is a photo used in the book, Lefty: An American Odyssey, the life of famed Yankee pitcher Vernon “Lefty” Gomez. Then I saw one snark declaring that Tim Tebow kneeled during the national anthem and prayed against abortion, “and nobody said anything about that” again totally false but demonstrative of how fast we accept something if it supports our emotional state. It fits the adage that a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can get it shoes on. Personally, it’s disheartening and disappointing to see. Especially when you have a great deal of respect for some who are sharing and posting such things. Stuff that will travel and live on social media long before the truth reaches that friend list.

“I never did anything during a national anthem but stand and support my country. And then stories can get written and they can get put out of proportion so that you believe one thing when you’re asking me a question that was nothing that was part of the truth.’’

Tebow also shared his opinion about NFL players who have protested during the national anthem.

“I think when people believe in something and they stand for that, I don’t knock them for that,’’ he said. “Even if I agree with some or disagree with some, I appreciate it when people have convictions and they stand for that.

I think it’s important how we do that as well. So I think there’s a lot of players that I’m friends with that have been on both sides and I understand it and I think what’s more important is to know their heart and where they’re coming from and where the conviction stands in their heart and what they really want to share.’’ Tim Tebow not happy about “Tewbowing” being brought into national anthem protests debate, USA Today, June 8, 2018.

Maybe more of us, self-included, should take Tebow’s advice:

“A lot of people even think it was a touchdown celebration,’’ he said. “I never did it to celebrate a touchdown. I did it from my sophomore year in high school all the way through the NFL, that before and after games I would get on a knee to thank my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and also put things into perspective…

“It was never something I did to take away from somebody else. It was just something I did with a personal relationship with my God. So I think that’s just sometimes disappointing when things get taken away from the truth and then it’s just created into whatever somebody wants it to be” USA Today

I am beyond a doubt certain that many of the players protesting during the anthem are sincere in their efforts to draw attention to a problem. They may have selected a better venue because the national discussion is not about social injustice, it’s about the flag and the anthem. Their important message is lost in the noise.

If you look at NFL Valuations you’ll see that the NFL is not losing money and with television contracts locked in until 2022, they are not likely to lose revenue any time soon. Especially now that streaming services like Amazon are paying multi-million-dollar fees to stream games. And Nike? Nike is a business. They make business decisions. They have manufacturing factories in 42 countries with 1,017,345 workers. Any decision Nike makes is a business decision, nothing more nothing less. The contract they give Kaepernick is likely in the millions per year, but for the amount of exposure it brings to the company that isn’t equivalent to loose pocket change.

And it just gets better for the NFL and Nike and others because we keep them in the limelight. They laugh all the way to the bank knowing that you, I, and most Americans can be played with an emotional issue. At the end of the day, how much social injustice will they have fixed?  Just what will they do?   Maybe Nike can improve conditions at those hundreds of Asian factories making your new kicks.

© J. D. Pendry 2018 J. D. Pendry’s American Journal


First Man – Continued deconstruction of America to make way for the new world order

On July 20, 1969, an impressionable teenager I sat glued like most everyone else in the world who had one, to the television screen. I watched as Neil Armstrong made his way down the ladder of the lunar lander Eagle to be the first man to set foot on the moon. Shortly behind him came Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin. Together, they planted the American flag and a plaque stating: “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon – July 1969 A. D. – We came in peace for all mankind.”

“For the eyes of the world now look into space, to the moon and to the planets beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace.” President John F. Kennedy

I watched previews for the movie First Man, the true account of this world changing event. Afterwards, I wanted to see the movie. I enjoy historically accurate drama. It’s like being there when it happened. It’s also educational for those who might not have witnessed the first man stepping on the surface of the moon. The real truth is that such movies are educational for the viewing audience whether or not they’re historically accurate.

Planting the American flag is the most iconic scene from the first lunar landing, the one that’s burned into my memory and I suggest the memories of most anyone who watched it. This historic image was left out of the movie’s dramatic presentation of history. Imagine dramatizing history of the Revolutionary War assault on the Hessian garrison in Trenton, New Jersey without the portrait of Washington crossing the Delaware. Ryan Gosling, the actor portraying Neil Armstrong stated they who made the movie didn’t view the lunar landing as an American achievement but rather a human one, therefore the American flag planting scene was not in the movie. Using Mr. Gosling’s logic if the greater humankind benefits all achievements by default are human achievements. Even the Patriots who crossed the Delaware with Washington. After all, human kind benefited greatly – and still does – through the existence of the United States of America.

Once again Hollywood feeds the globalist worldview directly into the minds of Americans and for that matter the world as well. Most who will see this movie likely never watched the live televised event of the historic planting of the American flag on the surface of the moon.

You need only read President Kennedy’s speech to a joint session of Congress May 25, 1961 and at Rice University September 12, 1962 to be certain that this was an American achievement. It was led by a visionary American President, paid for by American tax dollars, and made possible due to the heroic pioneering spirit and ingenuity of Americans.

“First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.

But in a very real sense, it will not be one man going to the moon–if we make this judgment affirmatively, it will be an entire nation. For all of us must work to put him there.”

“Yet the vows of this Nation can only be fulfilled if we in this Nation are first, and, therefore, we intend to be first. In short, our leadership in science and in industry, our hopes for peace and security, our obligations to ourselves as well as others, all require us to make this effort, to solve these mysteries, to solve them for the good of all men, and to become the world’s leading space-faring nation. …

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade …, not because [it’s] easy, but because [it’s] hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win…”

It most certainly was a great leap for mankind as Neil Armstrong declared. But it was an American achievement, it was about America leading, and as distasteful and uncomfortable as it may be to some these days, it was about America winning. Americans landed on the moon. No one else did nor has anyone since the last lunar landing December 11, 1972.

The deconstruction of America began with the Supreme Court decisions declaring school prayer, Bible reading or Christian displays in schools or on public property unconstitutional. This began the continuing assault on Christianity itself. When conflicts of constitutionally guaranteed religious freedom arise, it only seems to be about Christianity. Nowadays, it’s commonplace including incidents where people in the workplace have been instructed to hide their crucifix necklaces because they’re offensive. Christianity, God, God given freedom all sit at the foundation of our country. To take down a country, you must first weaken its foundation. Take down a nation’s religious and moral foundation, you are well on the way to taking down the nation.

“I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers—and it was not there. . . in her fertile fields and bound less forests—and it was not there. . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce—and it was not there. . .. in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution—and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” ? Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

We are seeing our history revised in the minds of our historically undereducated children and population in general and attempts at eradicating it altogether right before our eyes. Just as there is no perfect people and no perfect country there is also no perfect history. There are always periods and events we’d rather forget, no longer contemplate. It is the greatest injustice we could ever perpetuate upon the generations that follow us. When people do not know the real truth about where they’ve been, how they’ve come to be who they are they can be led in most any direction. Led by people who view them as no more than pawns on an imaginary global chessboard. People celebrate destruction of Confederate statues and monuments. People have every right to dislike the Confederacy and what it stood for, but no one has the right to destroy reminders of history good or bad. How long before there is a demand to remove other historical markers and revise history to calm sensibilities? To remove the history that does not lead to the ultimate utopian goal? If a country was never good or great in the eyes of its citizenry, why not just toss it all and begin anew? Why not just topple Lady Liberty now and be done with it? Why not do away with our Constitution and bow to the whims of the global community – the United Nations? Who needs individual liberty anyway?

What is the ultimate goal of the revisionists? I believe President George H.W. Bush made it quite clear in his address to before Congress March 1991.

“What is at stake is more than one small country; it is a big idea: a new world order, where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind — peace and security, freedom, and the rule of law. Such is a world worthy of our struggle and worthy of our children’s future.” President George H. W. Bush

To me, President Bush described the failing borderless European union.

What is the new world order? Is it the George Soros view of one world government? Of multilateralism where there is no super power world leader? A world without borders? A world that requires the managed decline of America? …it’s a big idea: a new world order… A new world order destined for a constant state of war driven by nothing more than human nature.

For decades, our government has been filled with globalists. Adventurists and neo-conservatives who get us involved in endless, needless wars in their attempts to shape the new world order described by President Bush. In the background, groups filled with the world’s rich and powerful such as the Trilateral Commission, the Bilderberg Group, and the Council on Foreign Relations influence this adventurism while pulling the deep state’s puppet strings. There is one thing that stands directly in the path of the new world order. The existence of the United States of America.

Take a long-term view and it’s easy to conclude that unless there is an American decline, unless her citizens through revision and eradication of history are groomed to accept that America is not good and never was they will never realize the new world order that will necessarily consist of the wealthy and powerful, an all-encompassing one world government and a remaining human serfdom. That, Mr. Gosling, would be a true human achievement albeit one of abject human failure.

The following was written by Ferdinand Mount and published in the London Daily Mail July 5, 1976. It was quoted by Ronald Reagan in a September 21, 1976 radio address. From the book, Reagan, In His Own Hand: The Writings of Ronald Reagan that Reveal His Revolutionary Vision for America (Biography):

“What the world needs now is more Americans. The U.S. is the first nation on earth deliberately dedicated to letting people choose what they want and giving them a chance to get it. For all it’s terrible faults, in one sense, America still is the last, best hope of mankind, because it spells out so vividly the kind of happiness which most people actually want, regardless of what they are told they ought to want. We criticize, copy, patronize, idolize, insult but we never doubt that the U.S. has a unique position in the history of human hopes. For it is the only nation founded solely on a moral dream. A part of our own future is tied up in it and the greatest of all the gifts the Americans have given us is hope.”

Take away the foundation, revise the history, groom and brainwash the population. Take away hope. That leads us to a new and better world order? No, it leads to endless conflict and human suffering.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J.D. Pendry’s American Journal

I like old things

I have an Army poncho liner. It retired from the Army September 30, 1999. Oddly enough the same day I did. I had two, but suspect my ornery brother absconded with one of them. In my day, a poncho liner was premium gear. I never actually lined a poncho with it or know anyone who did. Past boot camp, I don’t ever recall using a poncho. But the old poncho liner is as close to me as Linus Van Pelt’s blanket. Suzie-Q often asks when am I going to throw it away. That’s usually after she peels it off my chair down in the bunker, sniffs it, gets that look on her face and heads for the washer. The next time I see it, it’ll be neatly folded lying on my chair smelling like spring fresh fabric softener. I suppose those don’t come in a more masculine scent.

I like old clothes. Baggy jeans, ratty sweat shirts and ankle high boots covered with a few years of dirt and wear. I believe the best, most comfortable, and most functional piece of man clothing ever invented is denim bibbed overalls. Except that Suzie-Q will not let me outside of the yard wearing them. The Army frowned on my suggestion to make a camo version. I remember the old men from my youth here in wild and wonderful who would wear nothing else. Just imagine a crisp starched white shirt and bibs and you have church clothes. And when you get home, trade the white shirt for a flannel one and you’re all set for a Sunday fried chicken dinner. It doesn’t get better than that. When life is simple, life is good.

I like old people. The more I age the more appreciative I am of them. There is a lot of wisdom out there behind the spectacles and beneath the white hair. Our youth pastor started a program of interaction between the youth and us seasoned citizens. The kids were shocked when they saw us cut a rug at our Christmas sock hop. Most of the kids could not twist again like we did last summer. We had some great conversations too. Suzie-Q likes old people too, which is good since she’s married to one.

I like old friends. Over one’s life, we have many acquaintances but too few true friends. With time, memories of others fade including of those who gave reason to dislike them or wronged us some way or another, which is a good and healthy thing. But we still recall those few good friends. They may have moved on, but their memory remains with us. We remember the trust. Remember how they were there when we needed them. I’ve been fortunate to keep in touch with some and reinitiate contact with others. Old friends will share your legacy with others in a complimentary and maybe slightly exaggerated version and you’ll do the same with them. Cherish and remember good friends. They are a rarity.

I like old memories. They keep me grounded. I remember three snowy black and white television channels. I remember how crazy people believed getting television across a cable was and how angry they became at the thought of actually having to pay for it. We had rotary dial party lines where everyone on the line eavesdropped on everyone else. Mom had an old washing machine sitting on the back porch with wingers and a rinse tub. Now you know where the expression, “tit in a wringer” comes from. It’s a painful image. I carried water from the well and from a hand pump. I’ve even bathed in the creek. I’ve got the fires going in the coal stove and the kitchen stove. I’ve eaten squirrel, rabbit, deer, snapping turtles, frog legs, catfish, and even a whistle pig. Gone varmint hunting with a bolt action Remington .22 – before I was 12 and survived. Planted corn, potatoes, beans, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, onions…. Not sure I could survive in the wild and wonderful of my youth. Not sure most Americans could either.

I have some unpleasant memories too. I just avoid thinking about them. My country in not too old relatively speaking but God has richly blessed it as he has my family. He has given me many great memories of the land I love. We must hold on tightly to Him and what He has provided.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry

The deep state is real

I started with a list of names attached to nefarious activity. The list grew so long that it would take a book or two to lay out their deeds.
So, you get the condensed version of the web of deceit. Their activity so dangerous at stake is survival of our Constitutional Republic. Relatively speaking, only a few in our vast media world are taking an objective look or searching for truth. The truth of what transpired. When the truth is right before them it’s ignored. Through overt hatred, they root for an outcome placing the greatest nation on earth on the road toward self-destruction. Self-destruction may not be accurate because most Americans, even those cheering for it, do not want the remnants of a country we’ll be left with. They’re simply too ill-educated and over indoctrinated to know any better.

Each time I added names to the list, they pointed me toward other names and other events. As the list grew, the deviousness and connections became more obvious. Different names pointed to different events, but as it came full circle it was clear that it was one group. One goal. One cabal. They’re the ones that walked away from every criminal act while others were blamed or imprisoned. They walked away unscathed from Benghazi, Uranium One, the DNC Server scandal, the Clinton server scandal, unmasking and spying on Americans without cause, and if not stopped they are on their way to walking away from a political scandal of such proportions that it likely involves hundreds.

The Russians, Chinese, and Iranian Mullahs must be shouting halleluiah! And, much like Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith, “this is how liberty dies, to thunderous applause” the socialists and progressives cheer the death of liberty. The Nazi-like and Fascists are labeling others as Nazis and Fascists. It is what they do. Just like Hitler did it, they’ve let loose indoctrinated youth mobs to intimidate and distract others, especially the media, from what’s happening in the background. It was their aim to fundamentally transform America into their vision of a nation state. A place where only one voice is permitted. Now they want to destroy her outright. Why? Their benevolent dictator lost the election. The shadow government of progressive Republicans and Democrats and covert Socialists and Communists, the Washington Establishment, the swamp, the deep state or whichever label you choose to hang upon it is threatened. They’ve come out of the shadows to applause emboldened by a wildly sycophantic media and their misperception of forgotten Americans. They will fight to the death. Either theirs or our nation’s.

If President Trump had not won the election, Americans would remain ignorant, sadly many of them by choice, of the truth. And we would remain under the control of a vast criminal cabal. Something the majority of Americans could not envision happening in the land of the free. The cabal is real. It runs deep. For as far back as you care to look with figurehead Presidents and a charade of government by and for the people, it’s ran our country for far too long.

Maybe it was divine intervention that they are now exposed to the light. Evil cannot exist in the light. Even the complicit media will not for much longer be able to keep the growing mountain of evidence from the people. This is a war. It will end. Political persecution has started. Opposing voices are being silenced by major media propaganda and blackout and social media black listing. When it does end either the cabal will be crushed or the Constitutional Republic known as the United States of America will no longer exist. Make no mistake. Whether we are active participants or not, we are in a fight for our existence. If the deep state wins, it will no longer be the deep state. It will be the state and it will be more brutal than any other in the history of nations.

I spent my working life in the military and as a federal civil servant. I was not political during my military service time. I was politically aware just not involved. My opinions during my civil service time were rarely shared beyond trusted and like-minded friends. Both the military and civil service, in theory at least, require one to be apolitical. I tried that, but it was difficult to restrain. Especially in the civil service environment where so many were blatantly politically biased. What I can tell you is that during an eight year reign a Commander in Chief (CINC) changes the military by littering the upper echelons of command with like-minded politically oriented Flag Officers. These Generals and Admirals work tirelessly to reshape the military to suit the CINC’s worldview. The federal government and judiciary are also reshaped by presidential appointments. These high-level military and civil service appointees then fill the ranks with sycophantic followers. People who remain and carry the torch beyond leadership change. People who believe they are powerful enough to do as they please, powerful enough to bring down a president, bold and arrogant enough to give it a try. People who are so certain their candidate will win they feel free to take any action criminal or otherwise because they expect to be rewarded for their acts rather than prosecuted. This, my friends, is how the deep state is built and how it functions. I’ve seen it firsthand. Its deadly tentacles reach wide and go deep into our government. Just from common human relationships, for every single one that’s known there’s probably a baker’s dozen that aren’t. This is the swamp, much larger than its Washington establishment core, that must be drained to save our country.

The longer the Russian collusion ruse continues the more it exposes layer upon layer of corruption within the highest levels of our government. But, it’s much more than the Russian collusion myth. It is a textbook Russian disinformation campaign pointing toward a soft coup of the presidency. At the end of this winding road may well be a Russian or two, but more than likely there is the fabricated evidence placed just where the disinformation campaign leads. Probably appearing late October and proving the narrative sold 24/7 by an ignorantly complicit media and disinformation leakers. To truly sort it all out would take a legion of special counsels. Or, it could take only one ballsy and focused Attorney General. If only we had one of those.

Here’s how it began. The Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign through Marc Elias, Clinton’s campaign lawyer of Perkins Coie law firm, hired opposition research firm Fusion GPS who then hired British spy Christopher Steele who then put together a dossier on Trump with information provided by supposedly Kremlin associated Russians. The unverified dossier miraculously found its way to CIA Director Brennan. Brennan then briefed Democratic Senator Harry Reid and members of the Gang of Eight. Brennan asked Reid to keep it close hold. Anyone with a firing brain cell knew, just as Brennan knew, what Reid would do. Reid sent a letter about Russian collusion to FBI Director James Comey and then leaked it to the New York Times. Brennan kicked off the collusion investigation and used Harry Reid to plant the narrative in the media. Brennan also put unsourced information from the unverified dossier into President Obama’s Presidential Daily Briefing (PBD) providing him knowledge. The disinformation campaign began.

The biggest scandal in the history of American scandals includes our intelligence apparatus, but more specifically the Central Intelligence Agency, via former director and former Communist and Muslim Brotherhood apologist John Brennan. It also involves James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence. These two men had at their disposal assets of the entire US intelligence apparatus. Makes one wonder why acting Attorney General Sally Yates and the FBI were so hot on the trail of Former Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director, Lieutenant General Mike Flynn. Evidence reviewed through congressional investigations indicates Flynn’s FBI interview statement may have been altered post interview to make him appear guilty. It was James Clapper and undersecretary of defense for intelligence Michael Vickers that engineered Flynn’s ouster at the DIA. Unanswered questions arise concerning who unmasked General Flynn in a monitored telephone conversation and if they were truly investigating Russian influence on the Trump campaign and subsequent Presidency why the haste to take out prospective National Security Advisor General Flynn? The DIA for all practical purposes is the domestic version of the CIA. My cynicism makes me question what Flynn knows that he’s holding back to protect his family from Special Counsel Mueller et al?

Aside from the intel community, the scam includes the State Department, the Department of Justice including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and members of the Executive Branch in direct contact with the President and any number of minions scattered throughout our government.

Don’t take my word for anything. Before you drag out your conspiracy theory flame thrower do a little of your own research. Type John Brennan into your favorite search engine and see how quickly your list grows to fifty or more intertwined names and events. The credible news is still out there for the inquisitive. At least for now it is. The deep state is real and it’s coming for your freedom.

Russian Collusion or Deep Date Disinformation Campaign

A Conflagration of People and Events

Communists, Russians and Collusion

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J. D. Pendry’s American Journal



Don’t be a problem be a solution – the NFL on its knees

I was note doodling the other day trying to stimulate the brain a little. It’s what I do, but in this case, it was not too stimulating. I decided to post my notes to Facebook and take the pulse of my FB friends. I didn’t get too many fire bombs thrown at me. I never liked singing to the choir anyway.

This is what I posted to Facebook:


The National Football League (NFL) minimum salary for 2018 is $480,000.00. That means the lowest player on the depth chart who most likely did not graduate from college and may spend an entire season riding the pine makes about 9 times the US median income. An Army Private with less than 2 years of active service is paid $19, 659.00 per year. A West Point graduate entering service makes $37, 292.00 per year. A Staff Sergeant with 6 years of service and most likely supporting a family makes a whopping $38,059.00 per year. An Army Major with 6 years of service makes $74,862.00 per year. The NFL league minimum for 6 years of experience is $790,000.00.

The combined salaries listed above for active military service is $169,872.00 per year. That is just a little more than one quarter of the salary of single NFL rookie whose never played a professional down.

I chose the military pay scale for this illustration because that is my background. For the record, the median annual pay for a public school teacher is $55,259.00. That means half of them make less than that. The average salary for a police officer is $49,808.00. For a Firefighter its $45,969.00. The average for an EMT is $34,000.00. The average for a Registered Nurse is $66,640.00. The combined salaries of our nation’s most critical servants is $251,676.00. Just barely more than one half the cost of an NFL rookie.

For $421,548.00, less than the minimum pay of a first year NFL player, we can field a professional Army a squad willing to put their lives on the line defending us (even football players). We can provide a school teacher for our children, a police officer to protect us, a fire fighter risking life to save our property, and EMT to save our lives on the way to the hospital and a registered nurse to care for us when we get there.

So, kneeling fist raising NFL player. Tell me again about social justice.


I’m told to accept that kneeling or whatever other gesture one might make is meant to bring awareness to social justice issues. Social justice can mean many different things and has over time. Equal treatment under the law, etc. When I look at the data base of NFL players arrested compiled from public records and media reports by USA Today sports writer Brent Schrotenboer, I imagined there may be some personal justice system issues here. But, put that aside and let’s not judge.

I know that comparing salaries from different occupations is not a basis for drawing too many conclusions about anything. For me, it illustrates a societal view of the world. Wealthy people, many of whom may be paupers like me within a year or two of leaving the NFL (Sports Illustrated How and Why Athletes Go Broke), often have a somewhat inflated view of themselves or of their importance to most anything except their exceptional athletic ability. Athleticism and special treatment cultivated from childhood. In this regard, they are not unlike entertainers. For most of their existence, they’ve existed in a walled off world typically far from reality. It’s hard to effect change when life has not taught you where the change needs to start.

Now, let’s take this issue back to its origin.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” Colin Kaepernick

On multiple occasions, I’ve heard NFL players when challenged declare that this has never been about disrespecting the flag. Doesn’t that conflict with their founder’s declaration. Regardless, to take a knee or make any other gesture when the national colors are displayed and the national anthem played is disrespectful. No matter the declared reasoning, it cannot be rationalized. It is a display of disrespect and disloyalty to our country. God gave you the free will to choose your way, but He did not relieve you of the consequences of your choices. There are movies I won’t go see because the people starring in them have chosen to share their political views while insulting large numbers of people who ultimately pay their exorbitant salaries. Last year I switched off my favorite NFL pre-game show right in the middle of a certain color commentator’s comments about the President and the 1st Amendment. What I wanted to hear was thoughts on football. Last season, I didn’t watch their program again or another game. It didn’t hurt my wallet one bit. When political activism is divorced from football, I may tune in again. For now, however, I am enjoying baseball and looking forward to the college football season.

I’ve also heard that it is about freedom of speech. According to some, if team owners forced players to stand for the flag and anthem they would be taking away their freedom of speech. Freedom of speech is guaranteed us by the US Constitution. There is a big however. When paid professional football players take the field for a game, they are employees. Employees don’t have a Constitutional right to free speech or freedom of expression at work. Constitutional right to free speech means the government cannot restrict free speech. It all comes down to what the team owner allows or restricts. But, not to worry most of them straddle the fence as well. If their income takes another big hit this season, we’ll see. Leave them be, I say. Let them kneel, fist pump, sit, stay in the locker room. Who cares?

If players have to be forced or coerced to stand for our flag and anthem, I don’t want them to stand. I prefer honest disloyalty and disrespect to feigned respect. I prefer to know who they are not who they pretend to be. For me, I have a choice. I choose not to participate in your protests or be a spectator of your entertainment. See how easy this was?

The people mentioned at the beginning of this contribute daily to our country and our communities. They perform invaluable services enthusiastically for a pittance compared to what these protesting athletes get. I have a question for the players who continue to kneel. What have you done for communities in need? Take your wealth and fame and go do something rather than protesting. The government, politicians, and activists are not the solution. Truth be known, they are the problem. Always demanding that someone else do something is the problem. Try doing something rather than demanding that something be done. You know. Don’t be a problem. Be a solution.

I wager the next chickenshit move for the NFL is to do away with pre-game posting of the national colors and playing the national anthem. Or at a minimum not televising them.

© 2018 J. D. Pendry J. D. Pendry’s American Journal


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