The Absolute Absurdity Of The #TakeAKnee Debate

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Of all the headlines taking control of the papers and social media, entertainers bending their knees appears to be at the top of the list. National Football League free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines last year repeatedly for refusing to stand during the National Anthem, a move he said was protesting racial inequality across the country. In the time since, other players have jumped on board, and it’s even spreading to other sports.

Liberals celebrate such an apparently courageous stand, and opponents are triggered by knees being bent during a song. Both sides are deeply passionate about the topic and maybe they even have a right to be, but they’re also both wrong.

Kaepernick and everyone else taking a knee during the National Anthem have a right to do so. There is nothing in the Constitution that mandates people to stand during a song or pledge their life to symbolism. Kaepernick critics can cry about it being offensive, but if we are a free nation, Kaepernick has a right to exercise his own freedom.

With that said, is Kaepernick’s protest effective?

The bending of the knee has been a great distraction rather than a productive conversation starter. Instead of beginning a conversation about racial inequality and other problems across America, it has triggered people sensitive to nationalist songs and symbols. As people’s emotions become charged, there remains no room for logic.

President Donald Trump has made matters worse by using profane language to describe those who bend their knees during songs and saying that the NFL should just fire them. He also went on to urge fans to boycott the sports teams over even a single player bending their knees during the National Anthem.

The President’s statement is absurd because these entertainers didn’t do anything illegal, and the morality of the protest is questionable, at best. In a free country where people are permitted to their own conscience and moral compass, they’re not mandated to stand for a song or celebrate symbolism.

But this is the point where we’re at as a society.

Athletes and politicians alike are distracting us from the issues we face by making non-issues become massive issues. The end result may not be bad, but it won’t be good. Bending knees during songs won’t fix racial inequality, and calling protesters names won’t make them stop. What difference is the National Anthem debate going to make in the grand scheme of things here in America?

While war rages and poverty rises, we’re debating a song. North Korea wants to wipe Guam off the map and is shooting missiles over Japan while threatening to reach the mainland United States. There is an opioid crisis causing crime to spike while people die in the streets in every state across the country. As society crumbles and the national debt spins further out of control, we’re debating a tune, and whether people ought to stand for music. Symbolism aside, this is a manufactured moral crisis and a distraction from real issues facing America.

Chris Dixon is a liberty activist and writer from Maine. In addition to being Managing Editor for the Liberty Conservative, he also writes the Bangor Daily News blog “Undercover Porcupine” and for sports website Cleatgeeks.

  • tz1

    Kaepernick and everyone else taking a knee during the National Anthem
    have a right to do so. There is nothing in the Constitution that
    mandates people to stand during a song or pledge their life to
    symbolism. Kaepernick critics can cry about it being offensive, but if
    we are a free nation, Kaepernick has a right to exercise his own
    freedom.

    Not while wearing their company uniforms and on company time. Clerks at fast food restaurants get fired for disrespecting police. They can do their protests offline, but as we’ve seen an SJW mob can create enough heat to get people fired for what they say online even when they aren’t representing the company.

    Trump also has the same right to express his opinion as the NFL player. If you maintain the right of one to protest, then there is the same right to protest the protest.

    Trump should move to revoke the NFL’s exemption from anti-trust though.

    Yes, they all have the right to protest. And the NFL has the right to fire every last one of them so they will have more time to protest but will have to use their own cash and platforms, if any.

    The players confuse celebrity for influence.

  • UGH.

  • Clarification it is US wants to wipe out North Korea first.

    • if you followed this from the git go, you would know the lilttle bitch running N Korea is trying to make a name for herself..

    • Lolz

    • Christian Paul Relos Ajoste there are plenty of rifles in America but if a homicidel maniac comes to the store to buy one. Just say No.

  • You are absolutely clueless… bye Felicia!!!

  • *Absent from list of issues listed in headline: anything to do with systemic racism* Hmmmmmm……

  • Because freedom certainly does not include being upset about something another doesn’t care about. And we alllllll know a person can’t be concerned about multiple issues at once.
    Sit down, shut up, and wait for Liberty Conservative to tell you what you should & shouldn’t waste your time with.

  • Now if you could only get POTUS to read it. Plenty of people have told him to stop tweeting but it has not slowed him down. Before Trump called Americans SOBs for excersising their right to free-speech. Calling for a boycott of a private buisness to influence firing decisions is against the law. I hope he is charged under 18 US Code 127.

  • Funny to have the word liberty as part of your name but the First Amendment to the Constitution is not a valuable debate. I think you shoiuld change your name to the “Alt-right Conservative.”

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