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Pence leaves NFL game in protest after players kneel during national anthem

Pence leaves NFL game in protest after players kneel during national anthem

With most players standing this Sunday, it appears Team Trump has won this battle in the continuing Culture War.

https://twitter.com/VP/status/917082872942604290

Vice President Mike Pence kicked off another round in the culture war against the National Football League today by leaving a game between the Colts and San Francisco 49-ers after some players took a knee during the national anthem.

To be fair, it was only the players on one team…and I should let you guess which of the 2 teams had players who decided to stage this little social justice drama.

Vice President Mike Pence said he left Sunday’s Indianapolis Colts game after several players from the San Francisco 49ers chose to kneel during the national anthem.

Pence has followed President Trump’s lead by criticizing players who do not stand for the anthem.

Last week approximately 30 players from the 49ers kneeled in their first game since Trump called for players who protest to be fired. Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sparked the protests last year when he chose not to stand last year to speak out against racial inequality and police brutality.

Pence took a cue from his boss, and went to Twitter to give some additional details:

The President offered his support:

Pence did many to make a few positive connections shortly before the players’ stunt.

Prior to walking out of the game, Pence met with former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. The retired football star, who also played for the University of Tennessee and has donated to prominent GOP figures, has been floated a potential candidate to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). Corker is retiring next year, but Manning has said he has no plans to run for the seat.

It appears that President Trump may have won this battle in the Culture War. The number of players taking a knee has been substantially reduced, and the fans are still unwilling to tolerate the social justice posturing that has poisoned the sport.

On Sunday, the vast majority of players chose to stand for the anthem, although teams such as the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars knelt before the Star-Spangled Banner was played. If that decision was taken to appease critics who say sitting out the anthem is disrespectful to military veterans and the country as a whole, it was not entirely successful – sections of fans booed both teams. The Ravens said over the public address system they were having a silent prayer for “unity, kindness and justice for all Americans”.

Of course, some progressive stooges are responding to the defeat with the kind of dignity you would expect!

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Comments

Colonel Travis | October 8, 2017 at 6:43 pm

Ingrate players refuse to stand for political <— reasons, VP took an oath to defend the Constitution, one of thing things represented by the flag, and he's the one posturing?

So many stupid people in this country pretending to be smart.

    SUDDENLY! The Baltimore Ravens , my home team, are kneeling in a Prayer of UNITY?
    BS!
    A fine young American player was basically DRUMMED OUT of the NFL for TAKING A KNEE in PRAYER on the Field! You remember Tim Tebow? This is a strange double standard don’t you think?

Subotai Bahadur | October 8, 2017 at 6:48 pm

The Culture War in this case is not won until the NFL is going bankrupt.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | October 9, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Bravo!

    We don’t need no stinking NFL.

    Not after we found out last month what the N & F in NFL really means.

    N=Nazi
    F=Facists
    NFL

Actually that hand over the heart stuff bugs me.

It seems to cross the line from nationalistic respect (which is fine) to pagan idolatry (which is not).

In my book, standing is good. Taking off your damn hat is even better. Anything further is posturing.

Anyway, just a personal thing.

    Colonel Travis in reply to tom_swift. | October 8, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Hand over heart is pagan idolatry but taking off your hat is not? Standing is not? Sorry, I do not see the difference. When the national anthem is played, either you do something or you don’t so something. If you just sit there and don’t look at the flag and think about other things, then physically, mentally and emotionally you blot out everything – you are clearly not showing respect. If you stand up, you acknowledge that the flag/song/country/etc. deserves respect.

    The hand-over-heart idea came during WWII because before that people would sometimes salute the flag almost (but not quite) like a Nazi salute, so the Flag Code was created by Congress and states: “During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.”

    How does that particular gesture = pagan idolatry? Where does the “pagan” come from? How is the flag religious in any sense? Who is worshiping the flag? If someone stands or takes of their hat, it is to show respect. Not worship. I’ve never heard anyone but you say that by putting your hand over your heart you are worshiping the flag and/or placing it on a higher plane than God.

    The heart is a symbol of our emotional center. If you say, “cross my heart and hope to die” is that pagan worshiping?

    Mac45 in reply to tom_swift. | October 8, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    As noted above, placing one’s hand over one’s heart, when not in uniform, was designed to allow citizens to show respect for their country, without the overtones of honoring a higher authority, as would be the case with a military salute. Citizens are NOT subservient to their government, which the flag represents, but are, in fact, the government of their nation. So, it to show a respect for the concepts upon which this nation is founded.

    Citizens, as with members of a family, are not required to agree with all of the actions of the nation or with the feelings or philosophies of other members of this nation. But, if one wishes to be part of this nation then that person is expected to honor his association with the nation. he is free and even encouraged to work to correct what he sees as being deficiencies in the nation, as long as he understands that rules exist which allow this while protecting the existence of the nation itself. If one does not wish to be part of the nation, and play by its rules, then one can always leave, rescind his citizenship and become a citizen of a nation more to his liking. And most of the rest of the citizenry will wish him Bon Voyage with no hard feelings.

    It’s our tradition.

    It’s not so hard.

Winning the PR battle

Snowflakes & Cream puffs.. I’ve boycotted the NFL & Sunday now is so pleasant & enjoyable… Who cares anymore…

A million men dead, and all we have to show for their sacrifice is progressive diversity (i.e. a particularly virulent/monotonic strain of bigotry).

I thought the flag represents not the government but the country.

Well Monty Python sums it up pretty good. Repression inherent in the system See at about the 2:37 mark.

https://youtu.be/ZtYU87QNjPw

Phil Salvarado | October 9, 2017 at 12:52 pm

The National Felons League gave blacks a chance to channel their anger into something more productive than killing each other on the streets. It seems they prefer the latter.

Idiots, fooled by their “Progressive” keepers into self-destructing, just what the Left always wanted.

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