Posted by: lylescott89 | September 4, 2018

I Told You not to be Stupid You Moron

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Hey Kids,

I have always loved music and I know I am criticized for it a lot (ask me if I care) but I tend to listen to the same songs now as I did when I was growing up.  I know absolutely nothing about the music that is current and essentially very little about anything after Nirvana released Nevermind in 1991.  I am old enough that I can recall when John Lennon’s “Imagine” was in heavy rotation on the radio.  Yes, I am that old.  That song was, and is still, one of my favorites.  I was always struck by the sound of the piano and the beautiful lyrics that John composed.  From Wikipedia:

“The best-selling single of his solo career, its lyrics encourage the listener to imagine a world at peace without the barriers of borders or the divisions of religion and nationality and to consider the possibility that the whole of humanity would live unattached to material possessions.”

I have never understood why John’s vision was such a difficult thing to achieve, but as I see the world today I can tell you that we are as far away from that now as we have ever been and it continues to get worse.

The latest in a series of false patriotism, hatred, racism and a complete lack of concern for the well-being of our fellow citizens comes to us in the form of what is now known as the Nike boycott.  If you don’t know about it, I am shocked.  It started with this now infamous advertisement:

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For the uniformed that is Colin Kaepernick, the man who was essentially ostracized by the NFL for believing in something greater than himself and using his platform, as well as his 1st Amendment rights, to peacefully protest the suffering and injustices that happen every day to people of color.

This angered many white people; the same white people that claimed that such things as “white privilege” did not exist.  The same white people that voted for a draft dodger that ridiculed an American war hero, while at the same time telling us that Kaepernick was the one disrespecting veterans.  The same white people that call themselves Christians, yet think they are oppressed for being the majority in the country.  The same white people that insist on saying “Merry Christmas” to celebrate the birth of a dark skinned, Jewish, Socialist, while vilifying anyone who dare say “Happy Holidays”.  The same white people who continued to purchase Nike apparel when they were accused of using sweatshops in South Korea, China and Taiwan.  Sure, forced child labor is fine, but god forbid an African-American man do something that’s actually protected by the US Constitution.

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Now those same people are up our asses once again and I might add, it is not pretty up there.  They have taken to Twitter, YouTube, Facebook or whatever place they can find to draw more attention to themselves in an effort to show Nike who is the boss.  Yes, they are burning shoes they have bought and paid for as well as socks, shirts and anything else with a Nike swoosh logo on it for three reasons:

  1. To bring attention to themselves (look at me, look at me!)
  2. To show us all how incredibly stupid they are
  3. To prove to all of us that Colin Kaepernick was right from the very beginning

You all go batshit crazy over a song that supposedly is about expressing your own freedom.  You go bonkers over a flag that, quite simply, is a piece of cloth or a picture on a wall.  Yet, it supposedly represents freedom; something you do not want Kaepernick and anyone else that protests to have.  You’re worshipping a flag and a song as opposed to caring for your fellow citizens.  You fake patriots have essentially created a false idol and, if I my, let me remind you that the worship of false idols is strictly prohibited in the bible; the book that you hold so dearly and the one that your fearful, overweight, orange leader likes to call his favorite book, despite the fact that he’s about as Christian as sea slug (and way less intelligent) and refers to one book as “Two Corinthians”.  From the King James version:

Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God. Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary. – Leviticus 26:1-2

I have mentioned before of a friend I had in elementary and junior high school.  His name was David.  He and his family were Jehovah’s Witnesses.  They did not celebrate birthdays or holidays.  When we had a class party he excused himself and sat in the principal’s office.  In the mornings when the anthem was played and the pledge was recited he sat quietly at his desk.  We all knew why and we understood.  No one that I can recall made fun of him.  No one ever accused him of not supporting the troops in Vietnam.  (Damn I am old) No one cared.  Not the students, not the teachers and certainly not his friends.  What we did care about was the fact that he ate peanut butter and ketchup sandwiches for lunch.  That was gross.  However, no one cared about his remaining seated.  Why?  Were we smarter back then?  I doubt it.  Were we less patriotic as a nation?  Perhaps, but during the Bicentennial (Google it kids or ask your parents) I saw an awful lot of patriotism on display so again, probably not.  Maybe, just maybe we had respect for people other than ourselves.  Maybe we decided that we cared enough that we wanted our friends to be as happy as we were.  Maybe we knew that we were taught about Freedom of Speech and the Freedom of Religion and we understood that.  Somewhere along the line we have lost that.

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If you want to burn your Nike apparel, have fun.  You bought it and you have every right to do it.  I will not stand in your way.  But if you want to do that, how about having some respect for my rights or Kaepernick’s rights or the rights of every other citizen in this country to protest as they wish?  Do your thing and let him do his thing.  That’s the whole point about freedom; you can protest, you can burn your shoes and you can eat peanut butter and ketchup sandwiches.

But instead of burning your shoes and apparel, how about donating them to someone who needs them.  Perhaps a group that distributes clothes to homeless veterans.  I mean, seriously, you seem to think it is offensive to veterans when someone takes a knee, but it was a veteran who recommended that to Kaepernick in the first place.  I am more offended by seeing homeless veterans (or anyone homeless for that matter) than a man kneeling for two minutes during a song that’s “meh” at best.  If you are so concerned about honoring the military how about donating some clothes that you don’t want to them?  I mean, Nike’s are expensive.  I can’t afford them.  I buy cheap shoes so if you have a size 12, let me know.  I’ll donate them for you.

Please consider making a veteran’s donation by going to Veteran’s Donation Pickup and making arrangements instead of burning your things.  You paid for them, let them go to good use.  Think about someone other than yourself.

Imagine there’s no countries, It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace – John Lennon

Namaste

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