Wow. This is almost unbelievable. Today, members of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Baltimore Ravens either took a knee or locked arms before a game at London’s Wembley Stadium during our national anthem. Then they stood up for “God Save the Queen,” the British anthem.
This is getting really weird and pathetic.
Here’s the bottom line: Players in the NFL who choose to take a knee during the playing of the National Anthem are doing the country a great service. Why? They’re making it really easy to figure out who are the stand-up Americans and who are the anti-American scoundrels amongst us.
Here’s a hint: The scoundrels are the ones protesting racism in America while making hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars playing football, for corporations that could thrive only in America and which seem to hire people without any regard to color—paying up to tens of millions of dollars based on only one variable: talent. You could be black and white striped, transgender and tattooed like a gang member, but play like Tom Brady, and be embraced by lots of teams.
The heroes in America include those who correctly identify people like Colin Kaepernick as haters and losers. And they include one man, of truly historic importance, who is far stronger and more courageous than Kaepernick ever dreamed of being: President Donald J. Trump.
See, President Trump is pretty much an arithmetician. When things don’t add up to him, he isn’t afraid to say it. In fact, it seems like he has trouble not saying it. It doesn’t matter whether he has to take a lot of punishment for telling it like it is. It doesn’t matter who the person or people are who just aren’t making sense. You can be a CIA official or FBI official or government official or corporate CEO or the head of state of another nation or an entertainer. All you have to do to incur the President’s wrath is one thing: Do something anti-American.
That’s why Donald J. Trump called out the NFL players who won’t stand for the National Anthem and the owners who still pay them and the fans who still watch them. Because if you love the country, you don’t support those who demean it. That’s just how it adds up. That’s just arithmetic. And if you can’t run the numbers, Donald Trump will run them for you.
It’s become this simple: Are you on Colin Kaepernick’s team, or Kim Jong-un’s team, or Isis’s team, or comedienne Kathy Griffin’s team or President Trump’s team?
Wait, am I saying Kaepernick and Isis have something in common? Yup. They both hate America. They both want to inflict wounds to our nation. They would both like to destroy it.
Well, I love America. I’m on the President’s team. That’s how it adds up for me. How about for you? Make your decision. Don’t be that vile creature that Ayn Rand called “the man in the middle.” Here’s what she wrote:
The man who refuses to judge, who neither agrees nor disagrees, who declares that there are no absolutes and believes that he escapes responsibility, is the man responsible for all the blood that is now spilled in the world. Reality is an absolute, existence is an absolute, a speck of dust is an absolute, and so is a human life. Whether you live or die is an absolute. Whether you have a piece of bread or not is an absolute. Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter’s stomach, is an absolute.
There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the man in the middle is always evil. The man who is wrong still retains some respect for truth, if only by accepting the responsibility of choice. But the man in the middle is the knave who blanks out the truth in order to pretend that no choice or values exist, who is willing to sit out the course of any battle, willing to cash in on the blood of the innocent or crawl on his belly to the guilty, who dispenses justice by condemning both the robber and the robbed to jail, who solves conflicts by ordering the thinker and the fool to meet each other halfway. In any compromise between food and poison, it is only death that can win. In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit.
I’m judging. It’s time to choose. Are you with the President of the United States, or are you with Colin Kaepernick and Kim Jong-un? It’s one or the other. There is no middle ground.
Keith Ablow, MD