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Dante Ramicone
Dante Ramicone
September 24, 2017 4:09 PM

As a 92yr old WWII veteran I admire the stand taken by Koepernick against showboating patriotism. Sometimes it’s necessary to point out simple truths.

William Tucker
William Tucker
September 24, 2017 5:38 PM

You might had me up until Kap uses firey rhetoric & divisive symbolism.Taking a knee during the National Anthem is neither. Still love your tweets & articles.I have been saying 4 over 40yrs.that if Americans ever stop going after each other & instead concentrate on the oligarch slave owners it will cause a revolution not seen in modern times. Peace & solidarity.

RickrInSF
RickrInSF
September 24, 2017 2:50 PM

Normally i agree with everything you say, but in this case, i think you are not aware of the willful ignorance that permeates US culture/society. In Ethiopia, empire (currently the US) controls a country by enabling one tribe over all others (a simplification of course). But empire controls it’s own population differently, it pits the majority of tribes against one or a few tribes. Most of the tribes don’t realize they are being manipulated. Kaepernick is showing the hypocrisy of the system, he is doing it peacefully, and he is giving up “easy” money. I also “suspect” him. I suspect… Read more »

Ishe
Ishe
September 24, 2017 6:01 PM

5 days after 9/11 the US Constitution was suspended to be replaced by Continutiy of Government, used in times of national emergency. It’s allowed the govt to introduce all kinds of unconstitutional policies since then. You haven’t HAD a Constitution for 16 YEARS. I can’t fault Kaepernick for the stance he’s taken and the reasons he’s given for it when he’s been given the mic publicly. I wish he’d go further and offer an alternative that he WOULD stand for. I offer this suggestion, the Preamble to the Constitution itself. https://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_preamble.html

Ishe
Ishe
September 24, 2017 6:16 PM

Scroll all the way down for the enactment of Continuity of Govt after 9/ll. It is still in place today. http://www.historycommons.org/timeline.jsp?timeline=civilliberties&civilliberties_secrecy=civilliberties_continuity_of_government

John G Spritzler
September 26, 2017 12:32 PM

Great article!

I wrote an article making essentially the same point as you did, with some additional important points: http://newdemocracyworld.org/culture/kneel.html

My book, DIVIDE AND RULE: The “Left vs. Right” Trap discusses how we can break free from the ruling class’s divisive frameworks to achieve enough unity to actually remove the rich from power, to have real, not fake democracy, with no rich and no poor: https://www.amazon.com/NO-RICH-POOR-Book/dp/B073D876VD/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1501519705&sr=1-5&keywords=spritzler

Green in Louisiana
September 25, 2017 10:06 AM

I have never liked football: I have always thought it a gross and stupid sport and a celebration of male dominance, arrogance and brutality.
So, it was pretty easy for me to read a criticism of someone who made lots of money in football.

And having stated my biases, I would like to agree that any position which is touted by (1) the Mainstream Media, (2) either Major Party, or (3) any sports or entertainment celebrity should be immediately suspect.

And BTW it is a GREAT title. And very true.

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