I had no intention of writing about this topic again this week. I was fairly certain it would come up again in the near future, for I don’t think the final word has been said yet, but I thought the topic was put to bed for a nap, at least. Until, that is, the abominable New York Congressman Peter King had to open his mouth and spew the most ludicrous thing I have heard and get the needle on my radar twitching and my fingers itching. And what topic is that, you may be wondering? The NFL decision to fine teams & players who refuse to stand for the playing of the national anthem before games.
My feelings on this are well-known and do not bear repeating, but an examination of Mr. King’s statement is definitely in order. As I mentioned in my last post about this topic, Take A Knee, there was one team owner who stood above all the rest in the decision of the team owners. Christopher Johnson, acting owner of the New York Jets, stood up for his players …“I never want to put restrictions on the speech of our players. Do I prefer that they stand? Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest. There are some big, complicated issues that we’re all struggling with, and our players are on the front lines. I don’t want to come down on them like a ton of bricks, and I won’t. There will be no club fines or suspensions or any sort of repercussions. If the team gets fined, that’s just something I’ll have to bear.”
I applaud him for being the only one to stand heads above the rest, to have the courage of his convictions, to stand for his players. But apparently Representative King viewed it a bit differently …He is comparing taking a knee rather than standing at attention for a stupid song to a Nazi salute? He is comparing a peaceful protest against police brutality and racial injustice to a group of people who commited murder, who committed genocide, who committed crimes against humanity when they killed more than 6 million people??? What tree did this ‘man’ fall from?
I commented on his tweet:
“You are delusional, Mr. King, and not worthy of the office you hold. Have you ever read the U.S. Constitution? I suggest you do so, post haste.”
That was mild, compared to what I wanted to say, but Twitter has a word limit, and presumably a set of standards about language, so I restrained myself. But let us ask a question here: Is this the ‘new norm’? Is what used to be admirable no longer so, and bigotry now what is looked up to?
I was encouraged that, with few exceptions, the comments to King’s tweet were along the lines of voting him out of office, which tells me that no, We The People have not become cruel, heartless, anti-freedom idiots. But how did we come to this point, to this place where we are electing people to high offices in our federal government who have so little humanity, no empathy for humans? And in New York, of all places! C’mon, New Yorkers … you’re better than this!
Mr. King piqued my curiosity … people don’t just become this way overnight, after all … so I dug a little deeper. What I found is an unapologetic racist, an intense Islamophobe, homophobe. King has been in office since 1992, and it is the opinion of this writer that it is well past time to take out the trash. Let us hope that there is a strong, viable candidate running against Mr. King in the 2nd congressional district of New York in November.