There was a time in America that when the National Anthem was played, everyone took the time to show their respect. But that time is long passed. Over the last several years, we have witnessed an era of entitlement and disrespect that was fostered by former President Barack Obama. Instead of Obama speaking about ways to unite the country, he caused division and identity politics to rear its ugly head. Obama continued to fan the flames of division by creating an atmosphere of distrust and anger among Americans. So, when Colin Kaepernick began to take a knee during the National Anthem last season, it was no surprise that others joined in. Sadly, these anti-American protests grew larger, spreading to various sporting teams across the country. Fed up with what he’s been witnessing, one basketball coach at Virginia Tech decided to take action and teach his players the reason why we stand for the Anthem.
Before the left infiltrated our schools, the younger generation was taught actual history. Our children learned what America was founded on, why we stand for the National Anthem, and the sacrifice that so many have made for our freedom. Those lessons have been watered down over the past several decades and replaced with contempt for America. So, when Kaepernick began to kneel during the National Anthem claiming it was for “racial injustice,” it really came as no surprise. But Coach Buzz Williams at Virgina Tech did not want to see that happen on his court, and gave his team a sobering reminder of why we stand.
Coach Williams began his lesson on the importance of the National Anthem that then turned into some deeper perspective on their place in society. Coach Williams pointed towards to the bench saying, “We didn’t earn those chairs.”
“Your talent didn’t earn those chairs. How tall you are and how fast you run, how well you shoot, didn’t earn those chairs. Me drawing up a play, me recruiting real hard, me working real hard, I didn’t earn the chair. These guys, when they were your age, interrupted their life. They paused their education. They changed their career. And they gave their life for those chairs.”
But, that is not all that Coach Williams said to them. Coach Williams also went on to say that when the Anthem was played that they would all stand and honor the men who gave their lives so they had a place to sit.
Williams also said that standing there was simply not going to cut it either. He expected his team to not stand there fidgeting or trying to look cool, but to stand at attention and give their focus to the words of the Anthem. The entire lecture is incredible but one part really puts the entire thing in perspective. In one part of the video, there is a toddler hugging a picture of his father serving overseas. Williams tells the team that this man is fighting overseas for them to have the freedom to play ball while his son sleeps alone every night.
You can watch Williams lecture here
Now, some may think that Williams only did this speech because of people like Kaepernick, but that is not the case. In fact, every year Williams gives this speech to his players in order to teach them respect and honor which is sorely lacking today. Though this is not the first time a team has been given a lesson in respect. Just a few weeks ago, players from the Cleveland Browns decided to take a knee during the National Anthem that drew the ire of Hall of Famer Jim Brown.
Brown addressed the team saying, “Do not disrespect your country, do not disrespect the flag.”
Freedom Daily previously reported on the protest:
Browns legend and special advisor Jim Brown met with the 12 anti-American players over the course of the week to discuss their actions and appropriate ways to get more players involved without disrespecting America. A report following the anthem stated that Brown told players not to kneel this week, but McCourty said Brown did not tell them what to do or what not to do. An anonymous source has indeed confirmed that Brown did not tell players not to kneel although at yesterday’s game the whole team stood for the national anthem.
The anthem-kneeling protests by NFL players have been well intended and well within their rights. But they have also been misdirected at the national anthem and the nation’s flag, giving unintended offense to fellow Americans and symbols that have nothing to do with the players justified grievances. And it is done so at a time and place where the only divisiveness sports fans want to see and hear is between the two opposing teams they paid big money to watch, after working all week in jobs that don’t pay them the millions of dollars players earn for tossing around a ball for 3 hours.
Monday night, a dozen Cleveland Browns players followed the lead of Colin Kaepernick and knelt during the national anthem, in what they described as a prayer circle. A few more of their teammates stood next to them in solidarity.
“There’s a lot of racial and social injustices in the world that are going on right now. We just decided to take a knee and pray for the people who have been affected and just pray for the world in general,” said Browns rookie Jabrill Peppers.
Even though there are in fact injustices and bad in the world, spitting in the face of those who try and protect us from evil, like our soldiers and police officers, is disgusting. There is a time and place for protests no matter what the cause, but kneeling during our National Anthem is not one. These entitled brats need to get off their knees and start respecting those who defended their right to be an ass. If they want to continue their silly misguided protest, they can do it on their own free time, and leave us out of it.
H/T [ Right Wing News ]