Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.
As the birds flock together and the waning days of August are winding down, so too a season is winding up. Now what’s most interesting about that first sentence is both winding up and winding down point in the same direction. With up and down, words that normally mean complete different directions, going in the same direction, it’s no wonder we had a president who most famously said “It depends on what is is”. That’s an example of why many think American English is one of the most difficult languages to learn to speak and even more difficult to understand.
Last Friday evening the plan was to watch the Packers play football at San Francisco. The normal pregame stuff was said and done then when it’s time to play the National Anthem, Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers quarterback refused to stand. Said he believes the United States oppresses African Americans and other minorities. Make no mistake about it, his actions were just a very small part of his freedom of choice as enjoyed by every American citizen. His actions reflected his opinion of the nation he lives in. Such a poor choice on his part. Now every time the National Anthem is played in his presence, all eyes will be upon him.
”I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said. ”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.” That was his verbatim quote for his actions.
What was not said on TV at this time was this person received a contract to play football and he’s being paid $114,000,000.00 Yep that’s 114 million over 6 years. With a minimum guarantee of 61 million no matter what. It’s truly amazing that society will pay such sums to people who possess such limited skills outside playing football. Colin Kaepernick may or may not be able to converse at a level above 5th grade. I tend to think he would be comfortable at that level of intellect. His actions in this matter supports my inference.
Chances are great that, except for an unusual ability to play football, this man could well be in a much worse state in life, or in jail. Can’t help but wonder if he has ever one time in his life has given thanks for what he has received in life. I doubt it.
“There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” That’s such a stupid announcement to make in response to not standing for the National Anthem. The only place where bodies are in the street is in the urban black community. Those bodies put there by urban black men. Like the facts or not, black men make up less than 10% of the total population and they committee over 50% of all the murders in the nation. That’s FBI fact sheets, not from the EastWing.
Another twist to this sad story that the NFL and political correct news media won’t touch for love nor money is the fact that last off season, Colin Kaepernick converted to Islam and is currently engaged to an activist in the higher echelon of the Black Lives Matter group. Both Islam and Black Lives Matter are both opposed to any recognition of respect for the United States.
The only reason we can have a worthless piece of crap like Colin Kaepernick disrespect not only the National Anthem, but also the whole country is because of those who have fought and paid the price with their blood for today’s freedom. Even when that freedom is flaunted in the face of the National Anthem, on national TV. Even when the offender may well be to dumb to realize what he’s doing.
Yesterday marked the 240th anniversary of one of the most significant events in American History. An event where the very survival of this nation tittered on the outcome. Yet it’s importance has long since slipped from our collective memories. So now most don’t even know it ever occurred. I tell this story here to illustrate the degree of human sacrifice that was made for generations yet unborn, by the men who fought for the freedom of setting down while the National Anthem is being played at a football game 240 years in the future. The first major battle of the Revolutionary War it was.
On August 27, 1776, the Battle of Long Island was fought. The British force was in excess of 34,000 troops. George Washington’s Army numbered near 12,000. It was not a good outcome for the Patriots.
Marching through the night, the British took the Americans by surprise and overwhelmed most of their lines. George Washington, watching the enemy cut down his men, cried out, “Good God, what brave fellows I must this day lose!” That day 2,400 Americans died on the battle field.
Only herculean resistance by some 400 or so Maryland and Delaware troops avoided a total defeat. “If a good bleeding can bring those Bible-faced Yankees to their senses, the fever of independency should soon abate,” one British officer predicted.
The Americans retreated to Brooklyn Heights, where they sat on the verge of total disaster. It was here that General Washington realized that he must somehow get his army off Long Island or lose not only the battle but also the war.
British warships were prepared to sail up the East River, which lay between Long Island and Manhattan, to cut off any retreat. Fortunately for the Patriots, strong winds kept the ships out of the river, but Washington realized that it was only a matter of time before he was trapped.
The general ordered a search for all available boats. On the night of August 29, under cover of rain, oarsmen began ferrying the army across the East River. One Connecticut officer remembered making eleven trips across the river that night, carrying men to safety. The troops hurried along in complete silence. They knew full well that if discovered in retreat, the Patriot force would be annihilated. The last American to leave the Long Island battle field was George Washington.
Only a fraction of the army had crossed by daybreak. As historian David McCullough wrote, “Incredibly, yet again, circumstances—fate, luck, Providence, the hand of God, as would be said so often, intervened.”
A heavy fog settled over Brooklyn, obscuring the American movement. When it lifted, the stunned British realized that over 9,000 men had slipped into the fog and out of their grasp. The bruised Patriot army would live to fight another day. A new nation had survived it’s first battle for freedom.
I venture to say Colin Kaepernick never heard that story or any other story of why he can sit on his rich ass and make disparaging remarks about the National Anthem and the country who has provided him with so much in his short life. Shame on him.
From The EastWing, Winding Up & Winding Down, Bad Manners, Freedoms Choice, An Old Time War Story
I Wish You Well,