KAEPERNICK IS THE FACE OF PROGRESSIVE AMERICA
All Colin Kaepernick did was connect the progressive dots.
He got an A on the test.
His conclusion -- that the United States is an evil nation built and maintained for the oppression of black people -- is exactly the point made repeatedly by President Obama, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic platform and any number of progressive candidates and activists.
He did nothing that their words have not implicitly demanded time and time again.
At the end of last week, in a meaningless preseason NFL game, meaningless back-up 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat down through the national anthem as a sign of protest. He said he did it because he could not "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people."
Kaepernick is just about as black as Barack Obama. Both were born to white women of black fathers who disappeared, and both were raised in white homes in white communities.
And both are pretty sure that America is, from beginning to end, a cross between the Nazi Third Reich and the South African apartheid state. They are both pretty sure that this nation was born, raised and lives in racial sin. Specifically, that the operating purpose of the American goverment and nation is the oppression of blacks for the benefit of whites.
Meaning all the "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" and "more perfect union" stuff is a bunch of eyewash.
The problem for Kaepernick is that he's taking guff for it while Obama gets rousing ovations for it.
The fact is, however, that Kaepernick merely chose a slightly different form of disrespect for the national anthem and the country than other similarly inclined athletes. For years we've been treated to the bored gum chomping of put-upon athletes who clearly resent having to stand in line and be subjected to what they seem to think is some moral equivalent of the Horst Wessel song.
Even during the recent Olympics it was pretty easy to sort out opinions atop the medals podium as the American national anthem played. When four American athletes are looking around and being annoyed during the anthem, or when four others stand there and one has her hand on her heart and the three others pointedly don't, it's clear to see that somebody's sending some sort of message.
And that message is the gospel of the progressive left.
Liberal Democrats at their recent convention and current campaign -- and for the last decade at least -- have defined America and its institutions as the problem, not the solution. America is the bad guy in Democrat mythology, and in too many American classrooms and lecture halls.
When Democrat politicians up and down the food chain denounce the United States for its "institutional" and "systemic" racism, they are burning the flag in their own way. If America is the South Africa of today, then its Founders and founding documents are sources not of strength, but of shame. The American heart is not generous, brave and kind, it is dark and evil, and patriots are the brown shirts of today.
In fact, the inescapable conclusion of progressive dogma is that patriotism is racism.
If you believe in and support a racist entity -- the United States of America -- you are a racist.
Maybe that's why the Democratic National Convention didn't display an American flag until shamed into doing so on social media.
And maybe Colin Kaepernick has established a new standard for progressive orthodoxy.
If he, on the basis of believing America oppresses blacks, refuses to stand for the anthem, how can any person of similar belief stand for the anthem and not be a hypocrite and a betrayer of the cause?
If rejection of America and its symbols is the logical expression of one's belief that this is a systematically racist society, how can any honest progressive do anything but reject America?
And how can any honest progressive see patriotism as anything but a support for systemic racism?
And how can any honest progressive see the American flag or other symbols of American institutions as anything other than racially offensive tokens of bigotry?
How long before the American flag joins the Confederate flag on the list of forbidden symbols?
That's how Democrats know Republicans are racists -- because they are patriots who love their country, its flag and its founding documents.
As the progressive movement of the Democratic Party insists on an embrace of globalism, it simultaneously demands a disavowal of American patriotism and identity.
Colin Kaepernick understands that.
And he sat down for it.
All he did was connect the progressive dots.
And before long you may be forced by the oppression of political correctness to do the same.
- by Bob Lonsberry © 2016