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Beto’s Thoughts on Anthem Kneeling Earns Endorsements of Cheaters and Californians

Beto’s Thoughts on Anthem Kneeling Earns Endorsements of Cheaters and Californians

“When Beto O’Rourke says he can’t think of anything more American, I gotta admit, I can.” — Sen. Cruz

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF0A-1B70nw

Rep. Beto O’Rourke was asked about his thoughts on kneeling during the national anthem. For some reason, his mediocre response went viral.


“I can think of nothing more American,” he said.

See for yourself.

Senator Cruz has a very different perspective.

“When Beto O’Rourke says he can’t think of anything more American, I gotta admit, I can. Those soldiers, those sailors, those airmen, those Marines who fought and bled to protect the flag, that’s something more American,” Cruz said to thunderous applause.

Their two perspectives encapsulate the kneeling debate, but even more telling are the responses.

Lance Armstrong, now infamous Tour de France cheater, endorsed O’Rourke’s response:

And then there are the Californians:

Beto and his campaign have spent loads of time and money fundraising in California.

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Beta loves him some black-lies-matter, open borders, the welfare state and gun-confiscation. He’s gonna get spanked harder than Abortion Barbie did.

Well, if he’s going to offer his thoughts, I’ll offer mine.

In high school I read about the history of professional football long before Super Bowl. Numerous NFL players joined the military during WWII. It is only victory in WWII that allows football to be played. It is only the blood of soldiers that allows it to be played today – blood that includes that of former NFL players.

It’s not simply an issue of marketing or virtue signaling. NFL players are among the last people on Earth that should be ungrateful toward the people that have defended the flag with their lives. However imperfect America may be, it is their country, too. Attacking a national symbol to get political attention gets exactly the response one might expect.

I wonder if Beto feels that burning the flag is also the most American thing under the sun? I don’t mind saying something like, “I disagree with the message, but I defend the person’s right to protest.” The politician is not required to sound so enthusiastic. It’s his country, too. And besides that…

If he finds fault with the national anthem, he can run against the anthem and pledge to introduce legislation to change or replace it. He doesn’t need to cede the public square to anyone. He can bring that protest himself with his head held high.

Snaggletooth here is about as contrived as that Ortega bimbo.

Like the Madoff scam, the Odumbo scam can only be run successfully once in a hundred years. Hillary Klinton learned that the hard way.

After he loses in Texas, Snaggletooth can take a shot at an empty senate seat in Arizona. He might have luck there: they’ve re-been re-electing backstabbing useful idiots for 35 years.

So help me out here. Do you all really think Cruz is going to beat Beto? I’m worried; Cruz is not exactly charismatic and say what you will, Robert Francis is much cooler (personally) than Ted. Typical DEM, but still …

So should we watch Cruz demolish Robert Francis or should we send Ted some $$ to help offset all of that big Dem money from afar and ensure the Republicans keep that seat?

The world wants to know.

    Edward in reply to tiger66. | August 26, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    I’m looking forward to casting my sixth vote for Ted Cruz (Senate Primary, Senate Run-off, Senate General, Presidential Primary, Senate Primary) in November. I also am sending money to the campaign, can’t be too careful and there needs to be significant funding available for ads and GOTV efforts after Labor Day. As you point out, there is already lots of out of state money once again going to the Democrat S̶o̶c̶i̶a̶l̶i̶s̶t̶.

    txvet2 in reply to tiger66. | August 26, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    It’s never a bad idea to send money, although Cruz should cruise.

    Eastwood Ravine in reply to tiger66. | August 26, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    Your worry, you CONCERN is noted.

    2nd Ammendment Mother in reply to tiger66. | August 27, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    2 things to consider…..

    Cruz is not blowing off Beta, he is staying on focus and on point reminding Texas Republicans of what is at stake. By treating the threat as real, his supporters are staying engaged and not taking the seat for granted. That’s a positive.

    The national media spent a whole lot of time telling us how close Abortion Barbie was to winning the Governor’s seat. In fact, I wouldn’t doubt Beta has the exact same handlers since his campaign has a lot of resemblance to hers…. puff pieces in national vanity publications, lots of out of state fundraising and massive support from Soros funded Texas Tribune (there is a side note to this that I’ll cover below). Jumping on the NFL bandwagon will decide any undecides. Texas really is divided on abortion – Davis’ key issue. However, Texas is much stronger on patriotic issues, there’s more than one reason Jerry Jones is bucking the commissioners on the issue. The smartest thing Cruz does is run ads 24/7 with that quote.

    As for the Texas Tribune…. this is a game we are loosing. The Texas Tribune is a Soros funded publication. By themselves they are harmless….. however, because they are situated in Austin, they have set themselves up as a news service to other local publications in Texas. They provide a free “feed” of pre-written stories for other papers (and I’ve noticed them showing up on broadcast too) to publish. So, while I live in one of the most conservative counties in Texas; our local paper has printed 12 positive stories on O’Rourke in the last 2 weeks, all puff pieces or selectively written polling stories. Even though our primaries leaned 90% of total votes for Cruz and less than 6% for O’Rourke.

    So…. reality, no Beta is not an actual threat and I’m okay soaking up money out of other possible races where it could be spent. Let’s face it, Texas is the golden unicorn the libs want to land so badly they’ll pour money into it every time. However, I’m darn glad that my candidate is taking Beta seriously enough to not allow his supporters to be complacent.

legacyrepublican | August 26, 2018 at 4:39 pm

Our family has gotten two unsolicited texts on our cell phones asking if we are for Beto or Ted. Of course we are for Ted. In fact, we have donated money to his campaign.

It didn’t stop us from having a little fun with the person texting us though, drawing inspiration from this video. In the end, they threw up their hands without hearing who we are voting for! 😉

    AmandaFitz in reply to legacyrepublican. | August 26, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you for a great laugh! I got the same text message and am wondering where they got my phone #. Unfortunately, I’m not creative enough to come up with a fun return set of texts.

    Ted’s my guy!

      Randomly generated numbers are now a thing. All you have to do is throw out the ones that come up with an area code outside the area you’re working with.

JackRussellTerrierist | August 26, 2018 at 5:05 pm

The teeth and upper lip….dude looks like Bugs Bunny.

Next they will show their true colors. Lay on their back and flail their arms back and forth while wailing and screaming.

Humphrey's Executor | August 26, 2018 at 5:13 pm

Never duck retreat.

Lance Armstrong. Longtime Texan dirtbag. Enemy #1 of honest sports enthusiasts worldwide. Home of the Leninist-Maoist stronghold of Austin, Tx. And to top it off? DFW is blue as Trotsky after an encounter with a Mexican icepick.

BUT BUT BUT CaLiforRNiaaaaa!!1!!!111 WAAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!111!!

Man up, gurrrls. Take responsibility for you and yours before passing the buck. Mkay?

    Joe-dallas in reply to Tiki. | August 26, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    I’ve ridden with lance – he not nice guy

      legacyrepublican in reply to Joe-dallas. | August 26, 2018 at 5:25 pm

      Well, come to think of it, wasn’t Lance endorsed by the United States Postal Service?

        Why is a quasi-governmental organization like the USPS allowed to engage in sponsoring professional athletes in the first place? I’m sure a lawyer from Texas A&M school of law can tell us why doing so is legal – and then go on to pontificate about it – and a litany of other tangentially myopic and boorish things for hours and hours and hours and hours, but I’m talking horse sense here.

        I hear tell horse-sense is a thing in Texas… as long as your name doesn’t start with Lance and end in Armstrong or Esq.

        O’Rourke is a fourth-generation Irish American,[1] born in El Paso, the son of Melissa Martha (Williams) and El Paso County Judge Pat Francis O’Rourke. He was nicknamed “Beto”, which is a common Spanish nickname for “Roberto”, before kindergarten. His father was a political associate of former Texas Governor Mark White. Judge O’Rourke was….

          Paul in reply to Tiki. | August 26, 2018 at 8:03 pm

          When he was young they called him Master Beto.

          Milhouse in reply to Tiki. | August 26, 2018 at 9:51 pm

          Why is a quasi-governmental organization like the USPS allowed to engage in sponsoring professional athletes in the first place?

          For the same reason any corporation is allowed to: advertising. Building goodwill which will bring customers and increase revenue by more than the cost of the sponsorship.

      Long before Armstrong was busted for doping I had read that he would shoot his ungracious, big mouth off to fellows in the lead peloton.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peloton

        MajorWood in reply to Tiki. | August 26, 2018 at 11:12 pm

        I find it interesting that so many pro bikers were against Armstrong, when in fact Armstrong likely tripled all of their salaries. Lance did for cycling what Tiger did for golf, he got regular people interested. Look at how each has faired in their respective absences. All of those domestics who wanted cycling cleaned up are now back to making 1/3 of what they 10 years ago.

        FWIW, one of the greatest moments in sports. I used to love watching the Tour, and actually understood it.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdMdJAdzpYQ

          I’m surprised when people purposefully look past the elephant in the room to point out how pretty the curtains are.

          The TDF was a world class race long before Lance showed up. You do know that Lance lied about doping -and in the process of cheating- screwed others out of their place in bike racing history?

    legacyrepublican in reply to Tiki. | August 26, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Sorry. I live in DFW and I really don’t get the Mexican Icepick reference.

      He actually meant a mountain climber’s ice axe, the instrument of Trotsky’s assassination in Mexico at the command of Stalin. “Uncle Joe” was making sure that the far better orator* Trotsky wouldn’t be around to cause him any problems.

      * OK, a toad would have been better than Stalin.

FWIW – I live in one of the northern suburds of Dallas,
The progressives are really excited about beto
I bet that about 60% of the Beto voters have signs in their yards along signs for just about every progressive candidate.

Only about 5% of likely Cruz voters have signs in their yards.

The likely vote will be 54/45/ for Cruz.

keep in mind, the enthusiam for Obuma in 2012 was much stronger than the enthusiam for Beto and Obuma only got 41% , Wendy davis only got 39%, John Cornyn (GOP got 61% in 2014) .
As one can guess, it will be difficult to overcome the demographics

    legacyrepublican in reply to Joe-dallas. | August 26, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    FYI. Ted is speaking in The Colony tomorrow at noon. Just down the street from the Nebraska Furniture Mart. 😎

The Friendly Grizzly | August 26, 2018 at 5:25 pm

I fully understand that looks aren’t everything, but O’Rourke has that look that says he was an RA in some dorm, or was class president in the 9th grade. Total goody-goody.

    Given stories of sweetheart deals with developers when he was a local pol, it apparently is only the “look”, not the actuality.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | August 26, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    He looks like a Tennessee hillbilly. Disgusting lot.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to JackRussellTerrierist. | August 27, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      Why all the down votes? 🙂

      Mama standing in front of Wally World: she’s 350lbs
      bs, wearing stained bubble-gum pink stretch pants 3 wishful sizes too small and a black tank top stretched to mercy over a stack of Michelin 2-ply radials. Both arms are tatted neck to wrist. She’s got 3″ of black roots crowning her stringy, over-bleached hair. She’s smacking her four whining brats and all are filthy and haven’t bathed or washed their hair or clothing in at least a week. She’s hollering on her iPhone about her SNAP card being empty, all while smoking a ciggy that she luckily doesn’t have to use her hand to take out of her mouth to dump the ash since she has a conveniently located missing tooth to park it in so she can just wiggle it up and down with her tongue as needed.

      That’s the reality. And you should see her mate…….

    He looks like “Alfalfa” less the cowlick.

Signs to liberals are like money donated to losers like Beto. They seem to believe that the more signs and the more money that they give the more likely their liberal candidate will win. They tried that tactic here in GA and it didn’t work. They had a young liberal who couldn’t pour piss out of a boot with the instructions on the heel! All of Hollywood went crazy for him and donated over $30,000,000 and he still lost.
!

Robert Francis is a … WAIT FOR IT …

WAIT SOME MORE …

a

PREPPIE!!!!!

He attended an all-boys prep school in Virginia called Woodberry Forest. Look it up.

    AmandaFitz in reply to tiger66. | August 26, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    I never knew he went to Woodberry- my son went to their chief rival, Episcopal. I was so proud of my son, who is not a very big guy, but who IS very fierce, when a Woodberry football player mouthed off a racial slur at one of our running backs, and the next thing I knew, my much smaller and slighter son had backed the Woodberry player up against a wall and was chewing him out. Of course, my son got in trouble with the refs, but I was really proud of him for sticking up for our player. Bet you money that Robert Francis had a Confederate flag in his room when he was at Woodberry Forest.

Bow down before the one you serve.

O’Toole has raised quite a bit of cash. Maybe he will spend some on an orthodontist when Texas hopefully sends him packing.

Texas is purple. No! Really! It happens a few months before every election. In the Fake News media. You can set your watch to it. Just ask our governor, Abortion Barbie (Wendy somebody or other). Her race was “SO CLOSE!!!” Until she lost by double digits.
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Beta is the same thing. Our next Texas Senator. Just ask the Fake News media. It’s in the bag. IN THE BAG!!!
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Until he loses by double digits.
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But, California. Please, please, PLEASE pour all your money into Beta’s campaign coffers. I’d hate to see it going to somebody in another state that stands a chance at being elected.

I live in around Rock, right outside of Austin. We use to be deep red, 70/30… now we split lite 55/45… not good

Look into Robert Francis a little more. His business background is minimal, but he married VERY well, so he doesn’t have to live on a Congressional salary! Also, apparently, he ran afoul of Congressional insider trading rules and had to pay back the $ he made with trading Twitter. Since his dad had been a county judge, though he died young, he would have been very connected in the real estate community in El Paso. “Beto” may not be as he seems……….

    2nd Ammendment Mother in reply to AmandaFitz. | August 27, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    There’s a little bit of irony, trivia, whatever on the Lance Armstrong endorsement…. O’Rouke’s dad was slightly above a “biking enthusiast”. He participated in a lot of bike races – and in fact was hit and killed by a driver while practicing for a race on his recumbent bike.
    (We just had a huge 100 mile bike race with several thousand riders in front of our place last weekend, so I’m up on all my biking trivia.)

One of the greatest fears in combat is not being killed, that’s almost a given, the greatest fear is being killed and abandoned on the field of battle. The Marine Corp strongly emphasize that they will ‘leave no Marine behind’.

Foremost in every Marine’s mind is the requirement he has to retrieve all of the fallen from the hallowed ground, even at the cost of his own life. He recognizes his responsibility to send the fallen home to his mother along with a flag recognizing the thanks our country has for the sacrifice the fallen has made for his country.

Kneelers express neither respect nor thanks for those who have earned their flag or for those who risked their lives to ensure that fallen Marine and his flag made it all the way home.

My sister, like many, buys into the whole “it’s not disrespect to the country to protest during the anthem” schtick, but we’ve had to agree to disagree on this one.

I’m ex-military.
I was taught that to do anything other than stand still in respect at the raising of a foreign flag or playing of a foreign national anthem was disrespect to that nation. That it was simple courtesy to show respect to other nations during their ceremonies, and there WOULD be consequences if you behaved other than respectfully.

How much more should you be showing respect to your OWN nation?

You want to protest something you don’t like? Great, go for it. But NOT during flag ceremonies or during the anthem. The anthem takes, what, 2 minutes? That leaves 23 hours and 58 minutes of the day open for your buffoonery. I’d equate hijacking the anthem to make a statement to those in-bred incest baptists disrupting soldier funerals with their hobby horse protests.

    malclave in reply to BobM. | August 26, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Taking a knee is certainly disrespectful; it is a deliberate action undertaken in opposition to what is considered respectful behavior.

    I could see an argument where just remaining on the bench (if that’s where they started) or not coming out at all is different. At the very least, that would not be ACTIVELY disrespectful.

This is just a repeat of the old “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism” line that we heard so often during the W Bush years, and then not at all once 0bama ascended the throne. One would often hear it falsely attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but it seems to have been made up in the early 60s. In any case, patriotic dissent, by definition, means showing respect for the republic while disagreeing with some policy of its government. Showing disdain for the republic itself is the very opposite of patriotism.

(It’s rather like the line that one can disagree with Israeli policy without being antisemitic. Indeed one can, and there is hardly a single Israeli, or a single zionist anywhere, who agrees with every policy of the government of the day. But once someone crosses the line from disagreeing with this or that policy to disagreeing with the country’s very existence, they are almost certainly antisemitic.)

    RedEchos in reply to Milhouse. | August 27, 2018 at 2:12 am

    The Rabbis themselves will admit it: “If you get two Jews together they will have three opinions.”

    Like just about everyone in the entire world who is not a lunatic I love my country and (at best) have a healthy distrust of government in general.

    BobM in reply to Milhouse. | August 27, 2018 at 2:59 am

    Yup, the most virulent anti-Israeli “activists” IMHO have no love for Jews, quite the opposite.
    So the meme “I don’t hate Jews, just Israel” rings a tad hollow.

    Isreal is surrounded by Muslim countries who are Juden Frei, the folks who are most vocal in opposing the very existence of a Jewish (majority with minority rights) state see nothing wrong in the existence of over a dozen Muslim (super-majority, with restricted or no minority rights) states.
    Hypocrites, the lot of them.

    The suffering of the Palistinian exiles at this point is self-inflicted by themselves and their Muslim hosts, the (more numerous) Jewish exiles expelled from Muslim states with what they could carry as they fled death have moved on and made lives for themselves. The Muslim exiles remain mired in poverty because (1) their co-religionists treat them like dirt (2) the rest of the world pays them to be poor and (3) they are too mired in hatred to move on and make a life – the best example I remember was when Israel moved out of Gaza, abandoning extensive and lucrative greenhouse farms. The Israelis left them intact and still in operating state, the Palestinisns instead of running them themselves for livelihoods and food for themselves looted and destroyed them within days.

    In short, scratch an Israel-is-illegal “activist” and you’ll almost certainly uncover an antisemite.
    As a group, they resemble the “the Holocost is Fake” crowd, both in their resistance to facts over “protocols of the elders of Zion” bullshite and in their wish that the Holocost (they say didn’t happen or was exaggerated) had been more successful. Or will be the next time.

    malclave in reply to Milhouse. | August 27, 2018 at 3:43 am

    “In any case, patriotic dissent, by definition, means showing respect for the republic while disagreeing with some policy of its government”

    There also used to be a thing called the ‘loyal opposition’ (or so I’m told).

      Sadly, the “loyal opposition” is all too un-trendy.
      Now a days, we get Cuomo (my governor) knee-jerking that “America was never great” because… Trump, and AnitiFa Fascists stomping their damn fellow protestors because they carried a flag or were mistaken for counter-protestors for some other stupid “reason” – reason having little to do with AntiFa temporarily tantrum protests IMHO……

My sister is a dyed in the wool leftist and she has this habit of ambushing me with her friends in order to show me the superiority of Leftist thought.
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Once I remarked to a number of Leftists how being disrespectful to the flag is nothing more than being disrespectful to those who fought and sometimes died defending our country and way of life. I was immediately told that that was a stupid and overblown thing to say because people were basically good and that the evil of which I spoke and that we are warned about in the Bible, did not and does not exist.
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I recently read the story about the four Leftist bicyclists who believed this tripe about evil not existing so they thought it would be great to bicycle their way across the world. A group of ISIS members killed them in Tajikistan and yet despite this, the Left continues with their silly belief.
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How can you be so arrogant, so stupid, and so terribly ungrateful, such that you think it is better to kneel than to show respect? They say that the number one way of becoming a better person is to become grateful for all good things come from being grateful while all bad things comes from ingratitude. I cannot help but believe that the ingratitude of the Left is the reason for their characteristic unhappiness, endless victimization, and so forth. Why would I want to support a party or choose to be led by someone who is ungrateful?

    elle in reply to Cleetus. | August 27, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I feel your pain. There is only one way to argue with someone like your sister: ignore the premise and up the ante on moral superiority. It accomplishes nothing, but it shuts them up for a brief respite.

    Next time she does that, just start talking about how what really bugs you is the rampant domestic abuse by the football players and what bad guys they all are. It shouldn’t interfere with your ability to enjoy the game as consistency of thought is not required.

      elle in reply to elle. | August 27, 2018 at 11:26 am

      It works every time because that’s the argument that she is really making – I’m better than you because I care. Like all leftist loons, the ambush is only about seeing herself as the most caring person in the room. You are just her foil to make it happen. If you do anything other than up her in moral superiority, you lose, she wins. Facts and logic are not a part of their game.

During the years of Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France dominance, I was a competitive age group cyclist. I spent the last five years defending my hero against those in our group whe believed he had to be doping. When Armstrong finally admitted to systemic cheating, I felt like the kid who found out that Shoeless Joe Jackson conspired to throw the World Series.*

Done with cancer survivor Lance Armstrong.

*(Jackson’s participation in the conspiracy is still in dispute, but he is the face of it, unfortunately. )

2nd Ammendment Mother | August 27, 2018 at 4:10 pm

And your Beta update for the day:

Beta is saying he won’t be debating Cruz in Dallas this week… because Cruz insists on “rules of debate” or some other uncool thing – obviously Lincoln Douglas debate wasn’t a strong point at Coronado High School?

At least Beto doesn’t have Ocasio’s “OK, I am a little bit nuts” stare!
I’m on the fence with the kneeling: it may happen that if that is not permitted then they will shift to another inappropriate gesture to show their all-American support for something-or-other, as yet to be defined.

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