Category Archives: Nationhood

UPDATED (10/1): Taking A Knee Is Akin To Taking A Pee

Ethics, Left-Liberalism, Nationhood, Race, Racism, Sport, The Zeitgeist

NEW COLUMN is: “Taking A Knee Is Akin To Taking A Pee.” It’s now on WND.COM. An excerpt:

“Taking a knee” stands for the specter of beefy, pampered athletes—they’re not sportsmen—wealthy beyond belief, striking a political pose on the football field, during the playing of the national anthem.

First to kneel when he was meant to stand was Colin Kaepernick. The reason the San Francisco 49er knelt, in 2016: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”

Like Kaepernick, current kneelers are not Copernicus. It’s hard to fathom what they actually want. A non-player activist has since narrowed the kneeling to “ending the killing of black men and black women by the police.”

To question the debasing of the English language, in this context, is probably considered racist, but I’ll take one for Team English. At first, I knew not what on earth “take a knee” meant. Commentators and anchors discussed this god-awful expression without explaining it. And my connection to American football is as weak as the connection Americans have to one another.

I grew up on a sports diet of basketball and real football—the kind Pelé played without a dog muzzle and with dazzling footwork. South African rugby, too, was faster and more fun than American football. Nevertheless, I root for my home team, the Seattle Seahawks.

Why so? We all inhabit this busy mart called America, but are united by nothing meaningful at all. The football fetish in America has intensified in the context of a country whose inhabitants agree on little else than the importance of The Game. Consequently, come playoff time, we come together fleetingly and superficially, to make a religion out of our respective professional football teams.

“Take a knee” must have originated in some linguistic botching, a lazy collapsing of alliteratively related words and phrases. I mean, you can “kneel,” “kneel down,” or “get down on your knees.” You most certainly can “bow down” or “take a bow.” But, “Take a knee”? It sounds like an adaptation from “take a p-e.” Actually, I’m not far off. The Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. “had been flagged … for unsportsmanlike conduct when he celebrated a touchdown by impersonating a dog urinating.” …

… READ THE REST. “Taking A Knee Is Akin To Taking A Pee” is the current column, now on WND.COM.

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UPDATE (10/1/017): Introducing Cedric Ingram Lewis & Larry McCullough: 

Why Is Nigel Farage Campaigning For American Politicians & Not For Brexit?

America, Britain, Ethics, Media, Morality, Nationhood

Why doesn’t anybody question Nigel Farage for appearing to be more involved with the dummies at Fox News and with campaigns for American politicians, than with his own country’s stalled battle for Brexist?

There is something obscene about the specter of a once-heroic British politician coming to fight for Trump, when Farage ran on, and became famous for, being an English patriot. I wonder how Nigel Farage’s former British constituents feel about him tweeting out MAGA and raging against the Republican establishment.

Can you imagine Steve Bannon campaigning for this new UKIP leader (UK Independence Party)? It’s the same thing, except I can’t see Bannon doing it. Unseemly.

I once admired Mr. Farage. Not so much any longer.

See:

Brexit: It takes Brains To Understand Liberty
The Third Degree à la Germany: Answering To Junge Freiheit

Global Citizen Fest: Elite Idiocracy Isn’t Listening. Local Is In; Global Is Out

Business, Left-Liberalism, Nationhood, Pop-Culture, States' Rights, The State, The Zeitgeist

MSNBC didn’t get the message of Brexit, of the Trump election or of Catalonia. (Well, they no longer do news.) The out-of-touch nitwork is hyping and providing blow-by-blow coverage of this Global Citizen Festival.

Doesn’t MSNBC know? local is in and global is out.

Global government (EU, UN) is the enemy. Global corporations, while once beloved of libertarians like myself, have been exposed for their institutionalized hate for locals and the locality, to say nothing of their collusion with The State.

SEE:

Elon Musk, Et Al.: The Corporate Arm Of The Deep State

Why The H-1B Visa Racket Should Be Abolished, Not Reformed

James Damore Confronts The Hags of High-Tech (& Loses)

High-Tech Traitors Are Social Justice Warriors 1st; Businessmen 2nd

Neoconservatives Are Thrilled With President Trump’s Foreign Policy

Donald Trump, Foreign Policy, Nationhood, Neoconservatism

Bloomberg’s Eli Lake is in neoconservative heaven: “… for Venezuela [Donald Trump] came very close to calling for regime change. ‘The United States has taken important steps to hold the regime accountable,’ Trump said. ‘We are prepared to take further action if the government of Venezuela persists on its path to impose authoritarian rule on the Venezuelan people.’
For a moment, I closed my eyes and thought I was listening to a Weekly Standard editorial meeting. …”

Mr. Lake is loving it. He thinks of this expansionism as “American exceptionalism.”