Flag and anthem protests are not created equal.

From the U.K. Telegraph: Frustrated Hong Kong protesters appealed directly to the United States for help yesterday, calling on President Donald Trump to help “liberate” the city. Riot police fired tear gas after tens of thousands of protesters marched to the US consulate, waving American flags and singing the Star Spangled BannerA huge banner that read “Do you trust the Communist Party? Are you crazy?” was hung from the overpass, and protesters repeatedly chanted slogans such as “USA”, and “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong.” The American flag has made appearances at protests in the city throughout the summer, but yesterday’s calls marked the first and most direct calls for US action

Mr. Trump last month suggested China should “humanely” settle the issues in Hong Kong before a trade deal could be agreed but had earlier called the protests “riots” that were a matter for China to deal with. “Only countries like US can change the current situation,” said Cathay Ng, 38. Activists want the US to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which would impose punitive measures on Hong Kong government officials who suppress human rights in the city, freezing their US based assets and deny them entry into the United States.

Hey there Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, Megan Rapinoe and other assorted American flag and national anthem “protesters”, might I proffer just a hint of shame? Protest demonstrations apparently are not created equal. You can do your own research on the context of these protests in Hong Kong, but to keep it simple, these are demonstrations against an extradition bill proposed by the government of Hong Kong. If enacted, the bill would allow local authorities to detain and extradite people who are wanted in territories that Hong Kong does not have extradition agreements with, including mainland China and Taiwan. Some fear the bill would place Hong Kongers and visitors under mainland Chinese jurisdiction, undermining the autonomy of the region and citizens’ rights. Do you know why most of the protests are occurring in narrow streets rather than wider spaces? Tiananmen Square protests, commonly known in mainland China as the June Fourth Incident, were student-led demonstrations held in Tiananmen Square in Beijing during 1989. They were crushed by tanks. The Hong Kong protesters are very aware, by congregating in streets too narrow for tanks….well, you get the picture. This is happening now!

Then there is Colin’s protesting whatever he’s protesting by kneeling instead of standing for our national anthem. After leading the San Francisco 49ers to consecutive NFC championship games and one Super Bowl, Kaepernick was rewarded with a “record” seven-year, $126 million contract in 2014. But after three seasons of declining production, including one season of headlines surrounding his protest of the national anthem, it turns out that the contract was not nearly as big as everybody made it out to be at the time. In the end, Kaepernick received $39.4 million from the deal. Knowing that the 49ers were going to release him later in the summer, Kaepernick opted out of his contract in early March hoping to take advantage of becoming a free agent earlier and having more time to secure a new contract. Not to worry though, there’s his Nike deal. While the terms have not been disclosed, experts have valued the total contract at $150 million, which is paltry compared to Nike’s estimated profit of $6 billion from their association with him. Kaepernick is still a merchandise-selling machine. Sales of jerseys bearing his name have been among the league’s most popular even though he hasn’t played in two years, and Reuters reported last week that Nike’s Kaepernick women’s jersey had sold out. The Nike ad campaign kicked off with the slogan, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Is that slogan not the epitome of cynicism? That’s wokeness, friends.

Nike also managed to do something that all the neo-Nazis, Klansmen, alt-righters and other denizens of the lowest coprophagic (look it up) strata of politics failed to do: It turned the Betsy Ross flag into a racist symbol. Would those Hong Kong protesters be waving our flag and singing our national anthem if they paid much attention to Colin “the flag stands for oppression” Kaepernick and Megan “I will never sing the star spangled banner” Rapinoe? I guess you can go over and ask them. Just pack your gas mask and your body armor.

In 2003, the World Bank reported that Nike violated Vietnam’s environmental and labor laws by exposing 10,000 workers (85 percent female) at the Tae Kwang Vina factory to toxic solvents and routinely forcing them to work above the legally-mandated overtime limit. Makes one wonder why Nike has partnered with such social justice heavyweights like Rapinoe and Kaepernick. The most memorable scene for me in the movie Gladiator was in the bloody Colosseum, where Russell Crowe, as Maximus, a former Roman General who sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery, has just killed a huge gladiator wearing a metal warthog helmet. The crowd erupts in adulation as he cuts off the guy’s head, but instead of taking a bow, he throws the swords into the gallery where the nobles are drinking wine from bejeweled cups.

He raises his arms, and yells, are you not entertained? Is this not what came for?” Note to Colin and Megan ($1 million/year from Nike, far more than she will make from soccer): The Hong Kong American flag wavers and anthem singers are not entertained. Note to all those SJW’s who boosted Nike’s revenue $6 billion: Are you not ashamed?

Author: iamcurmudgeon

When I began this blog, I was a 70 year old man, with a young mind and a body trying to recover from a stroke, and my purpose for this whole blog thing is to provoke thinking, to ridicule reflex reaction, and provide a legacy to my children.

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