"We Have Been Here Before" - Pat Buchanan Asks "Will NFL Demand Respect for Old Glory?"

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,

“America refuses to address the pervasive evil of white cops killing black men, and I will not stand during a national anthem that honors the flag of such a country!”

That is the message Colin Kaepernick sent by “taking a knee” during the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” before San Francisco ’49s games in 2016. No NFL owner picked up his contract in 2017. But a few players began to copy Colin and to “take a knee.”

Friday night in Alabama, President Trump raged that any NFL player who disrespects Old Glory is a “son of a b—-h” who ought to be kicked off the field and fired by his team’s owner. And if the owners refuse to do their patriotic duty, the fans should take a walk on the NFL.

And so the stage was set for NFL Sunday.

Two hundred players, almost all black, knelt or sat during the national anthem. The Patriots’ Tom Brady stood in respect for the flag, while locking arms in solidarity with kneeling teammates.

The Pittsburgh Steelers coach kept his team in the locker room. Steeler Alejandro Villanueva, an ex-Army Ranger and combat vet, came out and stood erect and alone on the field.

For NFL players, coaches, commentators, owners and fans, it was an uncomfortable and sad day. And it is not going to get any better.

Sundays with the NFL, as a day of family and friends, rest and respite from the name-calling nastiness of American politics, is over.

The culture war has come to the NFL. And Trump will be proven right. Having most players stand respectfully during the national anthem, while locking arms with other players sitting or kneeling in disrespect of the flag, is a practice the NFL cannot sustain.

The mega-millionaire and billionaire owners of NFL franchises are going to have to come down off the fence and take a stand.

The issue is not the First Amendment. It is not whether players have a right to air their views about what cops did to Michael Brown in Ferguson, or Eric Garner in Staten Island, or Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Players have a right to speak, march in protest, or even burn the flag.

The question NFL owners are going to have to answer soon with a definitive “yes” or “no” is this: Do players, before games, have a right, as a form of protest, to dishonor and disrespect the flag of the United States and the republic for which it stands? Or is that intolerable conduct that the NFL will punish?

Trump is taking a beating from owners, players and press for being “divisive.” But he did not start this fight or divide the country over it.

Kaepernick did, and the players who emulated him, and the coaches and owners who refuse to declare whether insulting the flag is now permissible behavior in the NFL.

As Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Sunday, team owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell have strict rules for NFL games. No NASCAR-type ads on uniforms. Restrictions on end-zone dances. All shirttails tucked in. Certain behavior on the field can call forth 15-yard penalties for unsportsmanlike conduct, or even expulsion from the game.

Our Supreme Court has denied coaches of public high school teams the right to gather players for voluntary prayer before games. Why not an NFL rule requiring players to stand respectfully silent during the national anthem, and, if they refuse, suspend them from play for that day?

Or will the NFL permit indefinite disrespect for the flag of the United States for vastly privileged players whose salaries put them in the top 1 percent of Americans?

If watching players take a knee on the gridiron before every game, in insult to the flag, is what fans can expect every week, Trump again is right: The NFL fan base will dissipate.

Sunday’s game exposed a clash of loyalties in the hearts of NFL players. Do black players stand in solidarity with Kaepernick? Do white players stand beside black teammates, if that means standing with them as they disrespect the flag under which hundreds of thousands of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have died?

This conflict in loyalties among NFL players mirrors that of our country, as America divides and our society disintegrates over issues of morality, patriotism, race and culture.

We have been here before. At the Mexico City Olympics of 1968, gold and bronze medal-winning sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos each raised a black-gloved fist as a sign of solidarity with Black America, and not the nation they were sent to represent.

A month later, America elected Richard Nixon.

In terms of fame and fortune, no professions have proven more rewarding for young black American males than the NFL and the NBA.

Whether they soil their nest is, in the last analysis, up to them.


Killtruck researchfix Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:41 Permalink

The fascinating thing about the American Civil War (the first one), is the amount of people that talked about it. It was talked about, especially from Protestant pulpits in the Northeast, for at least a decade before it happened. It's like everyone knew it was coming, and rather than try to avoid it, they just said "fuck it, let's shoot the bastards". Once of the great endearing qualities of Americans is that we are always willing to shoot someone...and if there aren't enough enemies overseas to keep us entertained, we'll happily shoot each other. #chiraq 

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jcaz Ghost of Porky Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:57 Permalink

It's interesting to watch the all the mentally inferiors fall in line with Kapernick and Lebron-  good plan,  put your futures in the hands of two guys who barely have a high school diploma between them.  I watched Lebron try to speak this morning, it's amazing that he's not embarrassed at all by what comes out of his mouth.   Idiocracy coming true........

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Chupacabra-322 Fish Gone Bad Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:11 Permalink

Forget sports.

Find alternative hobbies or interests.

Spend time with family. ( Make love to your wife or husband )
Guns / Knives.
Hiking the outdoors
Model building (At 47, I recently began customizing Hotwheels.
Home projects
Read & write
Learn an instrument
Play with your children

God Damnit!

Vote with your Dollars!

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OverTheHedge SWRichmond Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:49 Permalink

As KillTruck says above, American Culture teaches that you resolve your problems by killing people. Quite how you all have managed to get by with just the one civil war is something that baffles me, although perhaps we could include the original "revolution" as well.The really fun part is, looking in from the outside, this is such an inconsequential, irrelevant issue. Stand, kneel, whatever. Not important. I see that the actual protest issue (policemen killing black people?) is hardly mentioned,and certainly never addressed, but the insult to the flag is something worthy of destroying the fabric of your civilization, apparently.Which is worse? Killing people, or not paying lip-service to a cultural norm? Which issue needs to be looked at most closely? Which issue needs the presidential tweet?Pledging allegiance to the flag was mentioned the other day - has this bizarre child-indoctrination practice so programmed everyone that not standing is worse than black people being killed by policemen (I was going to add the word"unnecessarily" to that sentence, but I just know that someone would object to the idea that it is unnecessary to kill black people). 

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robobbob OverTheHedge Tue, 09/26/2017 - 15:03 Permalink

fact: twice as many whites are killed yearly by police than
blacks in raw numbers

fact: blacks commit three times as many felonies as whites even when adjusted for pop sizes.

had the name been ALL Lives Matter, America would be in the midst of a great transformation.

instead, we are treated to the tried and true divide and conquer policy bankrolled by the elites. draw an arbitrary line on the ground, and suddenly millions of people find themselves standing on one artificial side or the other without ever having asked to be there, but yet willing to attack each other without thinking through why.

what you are witnessing is not trivial. it is part of the ongoing strategy of critical theory being used to destroy national unity for the benefit of the globalists

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MarsInScorpio Flocking swans Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:56 Permalink

Flocking:I see you have oatmeal-for-brains . . .I use "we" because by the number of downvotes on your remark, I can see that I'm not alone in my opinion of you, regardless of whether I'm the only person you expresses it the way I did.However, thank you for the compliment; unlike you, I do "think," as you so snarkedly acknowledged.Now please, E S & D.

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Augustus jcaz Tue, 09/26/2017 - 13:45 Permalink

Heather Mac Donald has a pretty thorough review of the shooting statistics from the FBI for 2016.  Article in City Journal.Hard Data, Hollow Protestshttps://www.city-journal.org/html/hard-data-hollow-protests-15458.html "Who is killing these black victims? Not whites, and not the police, but other blacks. In 2016, the police fatally shot 233 blacks, the vast majority armed and dangerous, according to the Washington Post. The Post categorized only 16 black male victims of police shootings as “unarmed.” That classification masks assaults against officers and violent resistance to arrest. Contrary to the Black Lives Matter narrative, the police have much more to fear from black males than black males have to fear from the police. In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer. Black males have made up 42 percent of all cop-killers over the last decade, though they are only 6 percent of the population. "

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MarsInScorpio Ghost of Porky Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:19 Permalink

Dear Mr. Buchanan:You remarked about the need for the NFL to have regulations about the national anthem. They do.From Time.com: ( http://time.com/4955704/nfl-league-rulebook-a62-63-national-anthem-rule/ ) it's important to know that NFL football games are governed by multiple codes of conduct. One is the NFL rulebook; another is the NFL game operations manual. The rulebook is concerned with in-game actions by players and coaches (like scoring, penalties, challenges and so on), whereas the game-operations manual dictates how NFL games should be run in the bigger-picture organizational sense."The league’s Game Operations Department uses the manual to govern the conduct of home clubs, to ensure they protect players and provide the conditions for a fair and fan-friendly contest," reads the NFL's website. "Clubs face warnings and other penalties for noncompliance."The NFL rulebook makes no mention of the national anthem. But the game operations manual does.Here's what the game operations manual says regarding the national anthem, according to an NFL spokesperson:The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.Note to NFL: Now that we know you have legislated the above, we are now double-pissed that you not only don't respect the National Anthem, you don't even respect your own regulations.Do us all a favor and E S & D.

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Buckaroo Banzai Killtruck Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:57 Permalink

And to think, this whole brouhaha was singlehandedly incited by Colin Kaepernick's Muslim girlfriend, who convinced him to kneel for the national anthem because "black lives matter". Hilariously, Kaepernick has turned out to be the biggest loser in all this, financially speaking. Sure hope that sand-nigger gash was worth it, bro.

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Dick Buttkiss Buckaroo Banzai Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:13 Permalink

Aside from the pernicious nonsense of playing the (ugly, bombs-bursting-in-air) national anthem in the first place (to say nothing of military jets flying overhead), why isn’t this simply a matter of what is, and is not, allowed in the workplace?  If you owned a business, would you allow your employees to engage in political protests while on the job?Say you own a restaurant.  Would you allow an employee — on the clock and in uniform — to "take a knee" in the seating area in protest of whatever? The question answers itself.  Case closed.

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Buckaroo Banzai Dick Buttkiss Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:53 Permalink

It really is that simple. The NFL has explicit, longstanding rules on their books that players must stand at attention with their helmets off while the national anthem is being played. Furthermore, the Collective Bargaining Agreement-- that both the NFL players association and the owners negotiated and agreed to-- specifically allows the owners to fine and/or suspend players for "conduct detrimental to the league". Given the huge ratings hit that the NFL has taken since this idiocy started two years ago, I'd say this conduct is about as "detrimental" as it gets.And yet, the owners not only do not follow their own rules, they actively encourage their negro pets to BREAK the rules.Or should I say...(((owners))).It's almost as if the (((agenda))) they promote is more valuable to them than all the money they are losing thanks to plummeting ratings and stadium attendance.Hmmmmm.

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rubiconsolutions dobermangang Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:19 Permalink

Spare me the nonsense about respecting "old glory". People have turned the flag into a marketing gimmick. It's illegal to do most of the things that are done with its likeness. Here's a complete list of what not to do with the flag that is done routinely (click here to see US Flag Code): §176. Respect for flagNo disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.(b) The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.(c) The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free. (like they do at NFL football games in pre-game ceremonies)(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white, and red, always arranged with the blue above, the white in the middle, and the red below, should be used for covering a speaker's desk, draping the front of the platform, and for decoration in general. (this is an everyday occurence today)(e) The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.(f) The flag should never be used as a covering for a ceiling.(g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature. (the flag is used all over the place in ways it shouldn't. It's ubiquitous)(h) The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.(i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard. Advertising signs should not be fastened to a staff or halyard from which the flag is flown. (how many items use the flag for advertising purposes? About a million, right? This include campaign ads)(j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart. (so this means the New England Patriots are breaking the law)(k) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.And while we are at it let's talk about those stupid pins that everyone wears:§180. Design for service lapel button; persons entitled to wear buttonThe Secretary of Defense is also authorized and directed to approve a design for a service lapel button, which button may be worn by members of the immediate family of a person serving in the armed forces of the United States during any period of war or hostilities in which the Armed Forces of the United States may be engaged.Next time you see someone wearing a pin ask them if they fit the criteria for doing so. It's unlikely they do.

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flaunt Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:42 Permalink

Yeah I remember when the Jews demanded MLB Atlanta Braves player John Rocker's head because he made accurate and public observations about the quality of the people of NYC.  "Making social commentary while being White" was his crime and they ended his career, and he was actually pretty good.  I never forgot.

Nostradumbass CH1 Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:05 Permalink

Oy Vey!"Dr. Hutschnecker noted that the incidence of mental illness has increased in the United States in direct proportion to the increase in the Jewish population.'The great Jewish migration to the United States began at the end of the nineteenth century,' Dr. Hutschnecker said. 'In 1900 there were 1,058,135 Jews in the United States; in 1970 there were 5,868,555; an increase of 454.8%. In 1900 there were 62,112 persons confined in public mental hospitals in the United States; in 1970 there were 339,027, in increase of 445.7%. In the same period the U.S. population rose from 76,212,368 to 203,211,926, an increase of 166.6%. Prior to the influx of Jews from Europe the United States was a mentally healthy nation. But this is no longer true.'Dr. Hutschnecker substantiated his claim that the United States was no longer a mentally healthy nation by quoting Dr. David Rosenthal, chief of the laboratory of psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health, who recently estimated that more than 60,000,000 people in the United States suffer from some form of 'schizophrenic spectrum disorder.' Noting that Dr. Rosenthal is Jewish, Dr. Hutschnecker said that Jews seem to take a perverse pride in the spread of mental illness.Dr. Hutschnecker said that the word 'schizophrenia' was given to mental disease by dr. Eugen Blueler, a Swiss psychiatrist, in 1911. Prior to that time it had been known as 'dementia praecox,' the name used by its discoverer, Dr. Emil Kraepelin. Later, according to Dr. Hutschnecker, the same disease was given the name 'neurosis' by Dr. Sigmund Freud.'The symptoms of schizophrenia were recognized almost simultaneously by Bleuler, Kraepelin and Freud at a time when Jews were moving into the affluent middle class,' Dr. Hutschnecker said. 'Previously they had been ignored as a social and racial entity by the physicians of that era. They became clinically important when they began to intermingle with non-Jews.'Dr. Hutschnecker said that research by Dr. Jacques S. Gottlieb of Wayne State University indicates that schizophrenia is caused by deformity in the alpha-two-globulin protein, which in schizophrenics is corkscrew-shaped. The deformed protein is apparently caused by a virus which, Dr. Hutschnecker believes, Jews transmit to non-Jews with whom they come in contact. He said that because those descended from Western European peoples have not built up an immunity to the virus they are particularly vulnerable to the disease.'There is no doubt in my mind,' Dr. Hutschnecker said, 'that Jews have infected the American people with schizophrenia. Jews are carriers of the disease and it will reach epidemic proportions unless science develops a vaccine to counteract it.'" 

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Buckaroo Banzai ParkAveFlasher Tue, 09/26/2017 - 12:00 Permalink

Rocker got punished for expressing his socio-political opinions off the field and off the job.Sportsball nigger pets, on the other hand, are being positively-reinforced for expressing their socio-political opinions ON the field, and ON the job.Frankly if their were more "hot heads" who spoke their minds like Rocker did twenty years ago, we might not be in the mess we are in today.

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