Millions of Americans were furious following the recent NFL “protests” last weekend.
Dozens of players refused to stand for the national anthem in order to appease the extremist Black Lives Matter movement.
And Mike Rowe, who always seems to have a cool head about things, dropped a truth bomb on every NFL protester.
The recent NFL protests were a disgusting act of disrespect to the American flag, and to the men and woman who fought and died to protect it.
Many people were furious about it, and have been highly vocal.
Mike Rowe, who always has a unique and well thought-out opinion on the issues of the day, remained silent on the matter—that is until a fan sent him this question:
“I know you avoid politics, (thanks!) and I remember your rant on the Colt’s leaving Baltimore. (As a former Brown’s fan, I feel your pain.) But I gotta ask – what’s happening to professional football, and what do you make of Trump’s comments about those who refuse to stand during the national anthem?”
The response from Rowe began with a more philosophical approach, where he stated:
“In democracies, we the people get the government we deserve. We also get the celebrities we deserve, the artists we deserve, and the athletes we deserve. Because ultimately, we the people get to decide who and what gets our attention, and who and what does not.”
With that thought provoking prelude out of the way, he responded more directly to the question:
“Right now,” Rowe says, “The NFL, the players who choose to kneel, the networks who choose to broadcast their protest, the advertisers who sponsor the games, and the President of the United States, are all eager for our attention. And they are all using football to get it. That’s all well and good, right up to the point where it isn’t. In my view, this controversy really isn’t about patriotism, social justice, racial inequality, or free speech. It’s not even about the flag or the national anthem. It’s really only about one thing – what we will tolerate, and what we won’t.”
Rowe then went on to give a slight critique of President Trump’s response.
His criticism was not based on him disagreeing with dismissing the players participating, but that he felt that decision should not come from the President, but rather should be the decision of viewers, because if enough viewers disapprove, the owners will be forced to act.
As stated by Rowe himself:
“I was disappointed last night, to hear President Trump encourage owners to fire players who refuse to stand for the anthem,”
“Not because I dispute the owners right to do so, and not because I would grieve the dismissal of anyone who chooses to disrespect our flag. I was disappointed because the President’s comments presuppose that the owners are in charge of the game. They’re not. We are. We decide what to watch, and that decision – far more than any other consideration – will determine the what the owners choose to do. And that in turn will affect what the players choose to do.”
“As the leader of the country, the President had an opportunity to remind us that The NFL, the networks who broadcast their games, and all of the players – standers and kneelers alike – work for us. He might have also used the occasion to remind us that he too, serves at our pleasure.”
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