As the Ol’ Pussy Grabber rapes and pillages our great country by dividing us with harsh hateful, and harmful rhetoric demagoguing everything and everyone from immigrants to flipping flippers to professional black athletes, every now and again someone on the political landscape reminds us what true leadership is all about. That brave people who actually have values that they hold dearer than the offices they aspire to can make a difference.
The other day a four minute video of Democratic candidate for the Senate, Beto O’Rourke, was asked him how disrespectful it is to have the NFL players kneeling in the national anthem. I got the feeling that the choices were (a) a lot, (b) fire ’em all, or (c) hang ’em from the highest branch. Beto’s answer may have surprised the questioner, but judging from the wild cheering, though, not his audience.
He gives two answers — surprise, they come out of only one side of his mouth! — a short, no it is not disrespectful of the flag, military, country, or anthem, and a long linking the sacrifices made by a long line of protesters — freedom riders, church-going girls in Alabama, Woolworth diners, and Edmond Petus bridge crossers — to the sacrifices made by our uniformed services in preserving our freedoms. It was a brilliant answer, and you should listen to it if you haven’t already.
To commemorate the event, we here at Ye Olde Blogge made this meme: