by Lanny Carruthers:
The next salvo is the continued removal of flags that has expanded into the desperate attempt to remove monuments and statutes. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and others claim (falsely) that monuments and statutes were erected by the motivation of racism and white supremacy. The Tuskegee Institute produced a graph that showed a notable decrease of lynchings during the years of increased monument building. (Google “Tuskegee Institute Graph Civil War Monuments”) The first spike in monument building occurred during 1910 and 1915 which would coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Civil War. While I was a C student in math, my trusty calculator tells me that fifty years from the aforementioned years would be 1860-1865 respectively. The second spike in monument building occurred after 1960. Trusting my own mathematics it computes to around the 100th anniversary of the start of the Civil War in 1861. Another factor that partially explains the first monuments being erected in 1910 was the utter destruction and financial destitution of the South. It took years for the South to recover financially and enabled the Daughters of the Confederacy to raise money to privately fund the building of monuments.
The most destructive salvo is the rise of Antifa and other leftist groups using violence and Nazi-like tactics to end free speech. Any speech, beliefs, monuments and institutions that they disagree with are now not only being branded as hate speech, but violently confronting people of opposite views and beliefs. (Just about name any college campus today.) There is a revolutionary challenge to free speech, governmental authority and resistance to law and order. In Chicago, IL if then candidate Donald Trump had been allowed to hold his campaign rally peacefully, how many Chicago Police Officers/law enforcement officers would not have been injured in the rioting. In Charlottesville, VA if the White Supremacist groups were allowed to peacefully exercise their free speech without being confronted and attacked by Antifa and like groups no one would have been injured. If the Antifa and like groups were allowed to peacefully exercise their free speech the next day without being confronted and attacked by White Supremacy groups no one would be injured. There are three legal principles in play here that the movement hates. Sedition is defined as, “incitement of resistance to or insurrection against lawful authority.” (Merriam-Webster dictionary). Riots are clearly outlined as criminal activity in 18 U.S. Code § 2101. Antifa? Black Lives Matter? Environmental activists? Climate Change activists? And most importantly federal civil rights laws that make it a crime to conspire to “injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate” people “in the free exercise or enjoyment” of their constitutional rights – including, obviously, the right to free speech.
So Colin Kapernick takes a knee before the National Anthem on August 26, 2016, at a NFL game. The leftist, Socialist Democrats jumped on that event like a dog attacking a t-bone steak, just as they have hijacked various other issues as a means to achieve their end goal(s). The Socialist Left recognized the kneeling players for what they were and has treated them as such: puppets, suckers, naive celebrities, and vehicles by which to achieve a means to an end. When the left cannot win an election or debate they resort to “divide and conquer”. Call everything and everyone that doesn’t agree with them racist, bigoted, women haters, animal killers, Nazis and (insert the latest slander engineered by the tolerant Left). Knowing that sports fans tend to be very patriotic Americans who feel a duty to sing the National Anthem before sporting events, the Left pounced on the opportunity to divide and conquer the NFL. The Leftist, Socialist Democrats desire social equality as much as the Bush Family desire President Trump to say Grace at their Christmas Dinner. Social Equality can be defined as a “level playing field” or an equal opportunity for all to achieve success in their own definitions. The leftist, Socialist Democrats are more concerned with Social Justice, which can be defined as unjust demoting of top achievers to a medium status and the unjust elevation of low achievers to medium status defined by the Left. Thus making one no more superior than the other in the “spirit of equality”. The underlying claim is that freedom must be sacrificed in order to redistribute income. “Social Justice is not possible without strong and coherent redistributive policies conceived and implemented by public agencies.” – The United Nations. “Present-day believers in an absolute truth identified with virtue and justice are neither willing nor desirable companions for the defenders of social justice.” – The United Nations. Soon other professional football players joined in taking a knee before the National Anthem. The Leftist, Socialist Democrats, ESPN and liberal news media keep beating the drum about Social Justice. But largely absent are riots demanding Kapernick be hired by a NFL team such as the Black Lives Matter riots in Ferguson following the (justified) shooting of Michael Brown following his assault on a police officer and in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray. In fact, it’s better for Kapernick not be hired by the evil owners otherwise they would lose their American version of Che Guevara and overall means to achieve their end game. If you are not familiar with Guevara please Google and learn about another role model of the Left. Let’s face it; most NFL athletes are just as much a media whore as any Hollywood celebrity. Every time their name is positively or negatively tweeted, mentioned on ESPN or other media they carve a notch in their headboard. ESPN and the national media with their unabashed, liberal slant are more than happy to provide coverage of their “genuine” efforts at Social Justice disguised as Social Equality. You cannot convince me that a player like Kapernick that had a $12.3 million signing bonus and a 2014 salary of just $645,000 can argue they are victims of social inequality. If he wants to advocate for Social Equality he should volunteer in community groups, set an example for inner city kids and donate money to various organizations that promote equality…not take a knee.
NFL fans gave the NFL an unofficial ultimatum…STAND OR ELSE! That message went in one ear and out the other of the NFL. The fans said adiós! Half-empty stands abound and media dollars are fleeing. Official sponsors are eyeing the doors waiting for the right moment to bolt. The NFL commissioner is too busy admiring himself in the mirror to care. Most NFL owners are looking at each other trying to figure out “who’s on third”, but can’t agree on “who’s on first”, first. Like him or not, the only owner that gets it is Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Jones has reportedly hired lawyers to dump Goodell faster than Donna Brazile threw Hillary Clinton under the bus. Thus the ship of the NFL continues to sink. Rest assured as soon as the NFL owners get Goodell’s face away from the mirror and the players’ attention requiring everyone to stand the NFL ship will run into a hurricane on the high seas. The Leftist, Socialist Democrats will complete the family tree of every NFL owner tracing them back as a possible descendent of Hitler and all the way back to a Southern plantation owner from the 1860s. Goodell will be crucified for being the plantation foreman doing the bidding of the owners to control the players. Kapernick took a knee and effectively pulling the plug on the ship of the NFL and it began to take on water. Kapernick then ran to Goodell, the Captain of the ship, for help and handed him the plug. Goodell, not knowing what the plug was for, looked back at the mirror admiring himself while the ship continues taking on water. The NFL players, who kneeled around Kapernick so it would not be obvious who pulled the plug on the ship, look around at each other saying “I ain’t did nuthin!” The fans bailed on lifeboats, sitting dry on the shore watching the ship sink. The owners then looked at Goodell as Captain to save the ship. Jerry Jones is the lone sailor who figured out the plug has been pulled. Goodell has locked himself in the Captain’s Room with the owners standing at the door. The owners will not move to let Jones through with the axe to break the door down to retrieve the plug from Goodell. NFL sponsors have their life jackets on and are preparing the lifeboats to jump ship. Looks like it depends on how quick Jones can move the owners aside, axe the door down, retrieve and replace the plug. Maybe throw some overboard for good measure. How long that process takes will determine how many will get wet and/or how many will go down with the ship. Meanwhile, the band keeps playing. Contrary to maritime tradition, I don’t think the captain will be allowed to go down with the ship.
This sinister movement has existed for some number of years and is attempting the total destruction of Western Civilization by all of the historical events presented throughout this series. Bottom line: If you remove all symbols/aspects of racism and inequality tomorrow, how will you explain the fact that there are those that will achieve above average status in life and those that will under achieve below the average status of life? America is often called “America the Great” not “America the Average” or “America the Below Average”. No matter how many steps are taken to achieve a “happy medium” or average status of life there will always be those that willingly strive to achieve the best and those that will not willingly strive to achieve the best…will not work in a pie factory. As President John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”
To Major League Baseball: the Leftist, Socialist Democrats have their binoculars focused in on you and have fired the first shot from the grassy knoll.
To the National Basketball Association: Watch your six and specifically the grassy knoll.