In addition to “Fossil Fuel Divestment” and other protests prevalent on college campuses, comes yet another misguided movement. The Boycott, Divest, Sanction movement (BDS) seeks to delegitimize Israel’s…
There exists a movement in our country whose support of race and identity politics has turned so toxic, that reopening old wounds rather than attempting to heal them has become their measure of success. They disingenuously clamor for “unity” but despise the one thing that actually unites us: begin American. This they define as a form of racism, bigotry, and “dangerous nationalism.” Their actions reveal that they prefer racial tension to harmony, chaos to order, and war to peace. They leverage strife as weapons to increase their power. The massive politicization of everything has now recently infected the sports entertainment industry, with players kneeling during the national anthem in protest of what they define as police brutality and systematic racism.
Players claim that they are protesting injustice and racism, not the flag, our heritage and our national identity. This, they claim is an unrelated, obtuse conjecture by fans. Yet, the demonstration takes place during the national anthem and involves them turning away from the flag. Most Americans can see it for what it is: dishonoring one’s country.
And why shouldn’t they? The government educational system reinforces an incorrect history which teaches that America stands as the root of all problems, not as the beacon of hope. Within that context of incorrect history, the intellectual and political elite (who continue to proliferate anti-American lies) deem their actions as acceptable. The current president, who espouses American values, has in their mind joined league with that great imperialist, power-hungry history of exploitation and victimization. Police officers, people of faith, business owners who believe in self-reliance over government subsidies and patriotic Americans have all inadvertently become part of this class of enemies.
“Resist” initially implied resisting President Trump, hoping to obstruct and derail his presidency in any way possible. Yet the group has somehow combined America, American values and American heritage with President Trump. To resist him, is to resist America, because in their mind, they are one in the same.
Most Americans have lived through at least one president that they didn’t like. But this didn’t mean we hated our country, our flag and our heritage, did it? All countries inherently have flaws. All national leaders have flaws. The pages of history flow with great achievements, and dark epochs, with beauty and with the grotesque, with love and with hate. This we accept as the human experience, and yet we still attempt to leave the world a better place through our actions.
These protests, however, use a different logic. Whether it is the Women’s March or the NFL, protesters seek universal compliance to their ideology by creating chaos with little or no interest in helping to fix the problem. Consider the Hollywood elite who decried the possible de-funding of Planned Parenthood which receives over $528 million per year in federal, state and local taxes. Not one of the millionaire celebrities offered to privatize Planned Parenthood with their own money. They would rather force the government and its citizens to comply with their ideology.
The NFL protests have worked in a similar way. Multimillionaire players “protest,” blaming the government and the American people as the sum of all problems without publicly seeking to give more of their time or millions to help urban areas through after-school or mentorship programs.
David Brown, former Dallas police chief who presided over the racially-charged shooting last July which took the lives of five Dallas Police officers, spoke with great wisdom, following the shooting, asking demonstrators to “serve your community; don’t be part of the problem. We’re hiring. Get off that protest line and put your application in.”
The massive viewership loss of the NFL reveals that in a free and fair market, identity politics lose. While toxic identity politics and anti-Americanism have been incubated in higher education for decades, these ideas did not have not had their day in the court of public opinion until now. While carefully groomed academics, politicians and Hollywood elite have attempted to tell the American people “the is about race, not patriotism,” the people see this a just another lie, and recognize the NFL demonstrations as a display of anti-Americanism, without a desire to bring a useful solution to the problem of race relations in this country.
Rather than allowing Americans to enjoy the game, some have transformed it into a weapon for controlling the news narrative. The kneeling protests at recent football games seek to “advocate” for racial injustice, but incorrectly protest our country and heritage as a whole. If football players truly care for the issue, they should use their millions of dollars to help rebuild and revitalize urban communities, and start foundations that advocate for criminal justice.
In addition to turning off the TV, shareholders can “divest” their Disney stock (majority owner of ESPN) knowing that money talks and executives listen. Most importantly, we must recognize this and other divisive protests as the toxic demonstrations that they are and learn to rise above those who seek to divide us.
Originally published as “The NFL Protests and The Loss of a Good Game” on Patriot Post, October 19, 2017.
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For many Americans, the crucial moment of last year’s elections came during the last debate in which Hillary Clinton clarified her support for radical abortion policies such as partial-birth abortion, and Donald Trump stood for protecting Life. Now, almost a year later, voters can see the results of their investment in the president. Recently, the Trump Administration has made great strides to protect the innocent through proposed conscience protections, support of the House of Representatives’ Pain-Capable bill, and a statement of support for the Down syndrome community.
Last week, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor announced two interim rules which, if finalized, give conscience protections to organizations and businesses who object to paying for health insurance which covers contraceptive/abortifacient services.
In addition to Obamacare’s exponential costs, medical devices taxes, and its inability to keep the promise that “You can keep your doctor,” stands its deep failure to protect the conscience rights of people with moral and religious objections to contraception pills, devices and abortion-inducing drugs. Law suits over the past several years have revealed the unconstitutionality of Obamacare’s mandate which forces people to purchase plans against their moral or religious convictions.
The rules released last week provide a moral or religion exemption for schools, businesses and organizations, so that they will not be forced to purchase morally questionable healthcare plans. According to the HHS Press Office, “these exemptions may impact only about 200 entities, the number that filed lawsuits based on religious or moral objections.” Some of the more famous cases include Hobby Lobby and the Little Sisters of the Poor. These exemptions protect the ability for people to live out their constitutional right to practice their faith, while also protecting human life.
Another pro-life advancement has occurred in the House of Representatives which recently passed H.R. 36: Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. If passed by the Senate and signed by the president, this law would make it a felony for any person to perform or attempt to perform an abortion on an unborn child 20 weeks after fertilization, with limited exceptions. The bill stands with science, which reveals that an unborn child can feel pain beginning at 20 weeks. Currently, the U.S. abortion policy stands with only 7 out of 198 nations which allow abortions after 20 weeks. This bill would bring the United States into the moral norm of nations. The president issued a statement last week which states his administration’s strong support of H.R. 36 and his willingness to sign it into law.
President Trump issued a statement on October 1 (which commenced Down Syndrome Awareness Month) speaking in support of not only Down syndrome people, but also the dignity of human life. He lauded the “significant contributions” made by people with Down syndrome and saluted the “family members, caregivers, medical professionals, and advocates who have dedicated themselves to ensuring that these extraordinary people enjoy lives filled with love and increasing opportunity.” The president also noted,
“Sadly, there remain too many people—both in the United States and throughout the world—that still see Down syndrome as an excuse to ignore or discard human life. This sentiment is and will always be tragically misguided. We must always be vigilant in defending and promoting the unique and special gifts of all citizens in need. We should not tolerate any discrimination against them, as all people have inherent dignity…We will always endeavor to make sure that their precious gifts are never maligned or taken for granted.”
President Trump’s statement illustrates his care and compassion for the 250, 000 U.S. citizens living with Down syndrome, and his willingness to stand with and for them.
These recent pro-life advancements reveal the Trump administration’s commitment to honor the dignity of the human person. The fundamental root of the systemic violence in our culture did not emerge from nothing, but rather lies in our disregard for human life in its most innocent form, a baby. Turning that tide and transforming a culture of death into a culture of life begins with protecting the rights of all people, from the unborn child to the elderly. The Trump Administration’s recent actions reveal a commitment to stand for constitutional conscience rights, the preservation of the unborn and a future for those with disabilities, such as Down syndrome. Insofar as our laws continue to protect all people, we will witness a transformation into a culture of life, of love and of honoring the inherent dignity of our brothers and sisters.
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Originally published on Patriot Post, October 12, 2017