I talk of Freedom, you talk of the Flag...- White, Discussion Live
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave,
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.
- part of Slave Owning Francis Scott Key's extra stanza, the real reason conservatives fetishize the Star Spangled Banner is it celebrates the murder of slaves and conservatives love slavery and the treatment of black people as charnel property.Colin Kaepernick, a football player, has earned the enmity of conservatives. Kaepernick staged a protest by refusing to stand for the National Anthem. Kaepernick explained his protest is over unfair treatment African-Americans and people of color receive at the hands of the police and in the United States.
The NFL is in a bind because for years now, and especially post 9/11, football has cloaked itself in hyper-patriotism and jingoistic flag-waving. So, while a good enough NFL player will get away with sexual assault, or domestic battery threaten the NFL's jingoistic Proud to be an A 'Murican branding and much consternation follows.
Conservatives exploded in anger because this cuts directly at their current agenda of oppression. Conservatives have discarded "dog-whistles" and have embraced an agenda of outright racism and bigotry. The swift and vociferous response from right-wingers indicates how close to home Kaepernick's protest resonates with conservatives. They know many of the shootings by Police Officers have been unjustified and conservatives have been directing their political energies at ensconcing right-wing oppression and intolerance into Law.
Alt-Right little white darling Tomi Lahren ranted on TrumpTV that Kaepernick should recognize thousands of people around the world would love to take his place here and he should shut up. Of course, the unspoken but understood rejoinder to little white darling Lahren is that her right-wing aryan brothers are fighting to ensure those thousands can't come here and Trump's only stated position is he's going to kick out every refugee here in the U.S.
The San Franciso Police Officer's Association (SFPOA) came off as especially weak and petulant when they issued a demand that Kaepernick apologize. The SFPOA had a chance to look professional and equanimous instead their thuggish evil Union Boss* sounded like a spoiled brat refusing to eat his vegatables,
The SFPOA "will not stand by while he (Kaepernick) attacks police officers in this country..." Kaepernick has "an incredible lack of knowledge regarding our profession and officer-involved shootings, but also shows a naivety and total lack of sensitivity towards police officers."On-line Conservatives responded in the same fashion they always do by throwing tantrums and demanding the person who hurt their feelings be fired from his job and get out of their country. Political correctness never found stronger adherents than right-wingers.
Conservatives have no problem skewering the sacred cows of ideology's they disagree with, for example burning korans or having 'Draw Muhammad' Contests. When conservatives go out of their way to demean, offend, or "desecrate" other people's cherished symbols or deeply-held beliefs, smug right-wingers retreat behind freedom of speech. But, if one of their beloved icons or shibboleth's isn't adhered to precisely? Well, then conservatives threaten rape, murder and destruction upon their enemies. The freedoms right-wingers so angrily demand for themselves they would immediately rescind from their political enemies.
It's similar to when Tea Partiers decry the destruction of private property while not knowing or not caring that their name derives from the so-called greatest instance of private property destruction in American History. It's hypocrisy of the most shameless variety.
Conservatives are Authoritarians who when given power do not pause in using the Awesome Power of Government to silence their critics. Throughout history mankind has seen what happens to millions of human beings when conservatives take over Governments; bigotry, racism, rape and murder are codified and justified and we know that if Republicans take over the U.S. Government in the November elections an Agenda of Oppression and Intolerance will be rushed into law, while rights and protections for less well-off or weaker Americans will be curtailed, as Conservatives strive to Afflict the Afflcited and Comfort the Comfortable and install a White Power Apartheid Government in the United States