Ignorant People are Unpatriotic People

“My country, right or wrong,” is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, “My mother, drunk or sober”. – G K Chesterton

Colin Kaepernick is just someone who doesn’t know history – which puts him right square in the middle of all too many of the American people. I saw a Facebook meme a couple days ago which asserted that Cecil Rhodes killed 60 million Africans compared to Hitler killing 6 million Jews. I did a bit of checking and found out the entire population of Africa was 133 million when Rhodes as doing this thing – how he managed to kill 40% of the continent’s population escapes me. This is especially perplexing as he didn’t have a “kill all Africans” plank in his political philosophy as Hitler had a “kill all Jews” in his. But that is the level of discourse these days – people are so ignorant of history that anyone who wants to grind an axe just has to make a statement and some people will believe it.

Columbus is made out to be this horrible person who set out to pillage and enslave – guys, he was just an intrepid sea captain who wanted to find a way to engage in the lucrative spice trade with Asia…as Muslim powers controlled the overland route and the Portuguese had got the route around Africa, pretty much the only other way was going west. Columbus, like everyone else, just had no idea an entire continent stood in the way. Every bad thing which happened afterwards was laid at Columbus’ feet – and it is all asserted as deliberate. Remember, people say that what happened to the Native people was a genocide – which means they are asserting it was a deliberate act. Of course, almost all the Native people who died were killed by disease, often before they even set eyes on an European. Isolated for a very long time in the Americas, the Native people had simply never encountered outside disease environments…as it turns out, the Europeans arrived with a concentrated disease environment from Europe, Africa and Asia. But this was going to happen eventually – someone, at some point, was going to sail from Europe or Africa or Asia and arrive in the Americas. The only way it could have been avoided is if the Americas remained untouched until modern medicine was invented and even then only if the first people to arrive were a bunch of doctors bearing vaccines.

We are told (endlessly) that if we don’t pay close attention to the bad then we are denying the bad ever happened. That is just a bit of nonsense. Does anyone sit around continually going over every last mistake they ever made? Of course not – when we idly think of our past, we like very much to think over the pleasant things we have done or experienced. A wise person does ponder the bad in order to learn the proper lesson from it – but to dwell on it is morose. But we’re not even so much dwelling on it as obsessing over it. It is an endless parade of evil and everyone who ever did a great thing in America is torn down because he or she also had some sins to account for. Because the Founders weren’t perfect, they are to be disparaged; as if any human being – even the most Progressive hero – hasn’t been heir to human folly. It is sufficient to know enough of the bad to ensure against repeating it – but once that is done, it is time to seek inspiration from the good that was done so it can be built upon. And even though George Washington engaged in the sin of holding slaves, it is far more important that we learn of his courage in adversity; his determination to succeed against all odds; his unwillingness to seize power for himself.

Colin Kaepernick probably has never heard of Prince Estabrook – he was a slave, and also the first African-American to fight in battle for American liberty. He was wounded during the Battle of Lexington and Concord. He continued to serve in the militia until the end of the Revolutionary War, after which he was granted freedom. It was a terrible crime that he was held as a slave by men who held themselves to be freemen. But that was the nature of the times – slavery existed everywhere on Earth in one form or another, and when Estabrook stood firm on Lexington Common, it was still about a decade before any voice would be raised asserting that slavery as a thing was inherently wrong. To remember the good and the bad is necessary – and thus remembering Prince Estabrook is important…because he was good and brave and fought for freedom even when he didn’t have it, because people wrongly believed that others could be held as slaves. But he still fought. Plenty of men – born free – would run away on the battlefields of the Revolutionary War. Estabrook didn’t run away – and because of men like him, we have freedom. But, also, because of men like Washington and Jefferson, who both owned slaves. It is said that the evil men do is interred with their bones while the good they do lives on – and this is completely true. We don’t know much about Estabrook – like most true heroes, he doesn’t seem to have gotten around to talking up his actions and making sure everyone knew about them. All we really know of him is that he lived and he fought…but he was also a man, and thus there were probably times when he didn’t rise to Christian perfection. But, no matter – if from time to time he wasn’t perfect, that is now interred with his bones. But the good he did lives on.

Right now, our nations teeters and rocks – we sway giddily on the path, reeling from disunion, bitterness and mutual recrimination. We hope, as Lincoln once did, that the mystic cords of memory which stretch from each Patriot’s grave will continue to bind us…but for that to happen, people have to know about it. Right now, all too many people don’t…and that is why you can find people saying America never was great. But America has been great from the beginning – it started out great, because it was started out by people willing to sacrifice all to strive for an ideal. We must recapture the past – the whole past, and most especially the past which showed us at our best. If we deny that – if we continue to harp upon evils done along the way with no mind to the greatness done by intent – then we will be doomed to failure.

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5 thoughts on “Ignorant People are Unpatriotic People

  1. Amazona August 30, 2016 / 11:17 pm

    Kaepernick is an idiot, and a mean-spirited and ignorant one at that. Oh, and don’t forget bigoted. And he has the gall to lecture us on the morality of this country?

    Aside from his Hallie Berry Sydrome—-focus on having some black genes and act as if that makes you special, while ignoring the facts that (1) black daddy took off and didn’t give a crap about you and (2) it was a white mommy or a white family that got you where you are today—–he is proof that color does not interfere with success when a person is talented and motivated.

    Warning—harsh language coming up, but I am tired of having to tiptoe around with the *****s because some people have decided to let a single word have immense power. A friend was telling me the other day that he used to work for a black man, a man who was not only extremely black in color but one of distinctly African features, who was a foreman in a big company. He told my friend that the earliest lesson he had learned from his father, about how to deal with racial discrimination, was “If you don’t want to be treated like a nigger, don’t act like a nigger”.

    People get treated they way they act and treat other people. So criminals get arrested, people who aim guns at cops get shot, people who won’t work are seen as lazy moochers, and so on. This is not “oppression”. This is just real life. I had a black guy working for me who said that he had no racial issues because he doesn’t act like a black man. He acts like a man who happens to have black skin. That’s the way he comes across, that’s the way he was brought up (after he and his siblings were taken in and reared by a white family) and that’s the way he lives his life. He said he has had more trouble from black people who are angry at him for living the way he does than he has ever gotten from white people. He’s a cowboy and a bull rider and went to the Paul Ryan rally with me, at his request, where I didn’t see a single raised eyebrow.

    As a black commentator said, “There are racists in America, but America is not a racist country”.

  2. Amazona August 31, 2016 / 9:27 am

    I received this in an email so I don’t have a link.

    “By Allen West
    August 28, 2016, 1:44pm

    If there’s one thing I live for, it’s football season, especially college. Saturday night I was enjoying a fantastic game between Charleston Southern University and North Dakota State University. The game went into overtime and ended with the Bison of NDSU winning 24-17. However, as I watched this thrilling game, it was an item on the ESPN news ticker that disturbed me — to which I see a need to respond to this “teachable moment.”

    As we reported yesterday, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem in Friday’s pre-season game against Green Bay because he was protesting “black oppression” in the United States. The Niners went on to lose.

    The NFL issued a statement that said players are encouraged but not required to stand for the national anthem. Hmm, this is the same NFL that refused to allow the Dallas Cowboys to wear a helmet decal in honor of the fallen Dallas Police officers gunned down on Thursday July 7th.

    This is the same NFL that said nothing when players from the then- St. Louis Rams displayed the false narrative symbol of “hands up, don’t shoot” — which we know didn’t happen. I find it rather interesting that the NFL has no issue disrespecting law enforcement officers but only “encourages” players to respect the symbol of our nation, the American flag, and our anthem, the Star Spangled Banner.

    However, I would recommend a simple scripture from the wise King Solomon for Mr. Kaepernick, Proverbs 17:28 (NIV): “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.”

    Or, as the old folks down South would say, “best for a stupid person to keep their mouth shut and not open it and let everyone know they are.”

    Mr. Kaepernick, a biracial young man adopted and raised by white parents, claims America is oppressing blacks at a time when we have a black, biracial president who was twice elected. We’ve had two black attorneys general and currently have a black secretary of homeland security, along with a black national security advisor. Here in Dallas our police chief, whom I know, is an outstanding black leader. The officer in Milwaukee who shot the armed assailant after issuing an order to drop his weapon was black. Is Mr. Kaepernick following suit and cherry-picking what he terms “oppression?”

    First of all, let me clarify to you sir, you are a multi-millionaire “one-percenter” just because you can throw a ball and kiss your biceps. Men like Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Oscar Robertson, Ernie Davis, and Bernard King and Condredge Halloway of my alma mater were athletes who knew of oppression. You sir may certainly have the right to sit upon your “fourth point of contact” when the National Anthem is played but never forget, you live in a nation that has provided you the privilege to have that right.

    My story is one I wish to share. My dad was a corporal in the U.S. Army and served during World War II. He was born in 1920 and knew oppression. Yet, when he sat me down on the steps of our home, 651 Kennesaw Ave NE in Atlanta, he shared with me that there was no greater honor or privilege, than to wear the uniform of these United States. Perhaps that ‘s why his first and middle sons, along with his grandson, are all U.S. combat veterans, just like Dad. Herman West Sr. was not a victim, and he raised men who would never allow anyone to suppress or oppress them. Perhaps you should stop trying to make victims and admonish people, black people, to be victors — try it, and you may find that more satisfying than your insidious action and word vomiting.

    If you want to know about oppression of blacks in America, past and present, how about you ask Rep. Nancy Pelosi of the San Fran Bay Area about the policies that decimated the black family? Maybe you can cross the Bay over to Oakland and ask Rep. Barbara Lee about the 13 to15 million black babies killed since 1973, and ask her who is Margaret Sanger?

    Or perhaps you can ask the two California senators, Boxer and Feinstein, about who doesn’t support better education opportunities for black children in the inner cities — school choice, vouchers, charter schools, home schooling.

    Perhaps you didn’t know Barack Obama was the one who cancelled the DC school voucher program for deserving young black children — talk about oppression. Is that something you’re willing to do, or is it just too difficult?

    You should look at who’s been controlling the communities and cities where blacks live. This isn’t not about what America has done; it’s about what a certain group, a political party has done. And your somewhat backhanded comment towards our law enforcement officers — well, wonder how many times San Francisco PD has protected you?

    Here is the deal young man. My recommendation is that you apologize. Be a stand up fella and admit you made a very stupid comment. Humbly state that you do realize how very special this country is and the opportunities it has afforded you — and many others. You should take that stand and apologize to all of those who are currently serving in our Armed Forces and those veterans who’ve been willing to make that last full measure of devotion. You see, when the National Anthem is played, it has a very special meaning to us — maybe you should take a hiatus and go over to Helmand Province in Afghanistan and spend a week and understand why. Go over and throw a football with the men and women who enable you to earn those millions of dollars.

    The American flag has a very touching meaning for those of us for whom it will drape our coffin — as it was for my Dad… and it will be for me. That song defines who we are as a proud and exceptional people. This is a land where so many dream of coming to and earning the title of American. Your actions were shameful, disgusting, despicable and disrespectful.

    You do have a right and a freedom of expression. But know, there are consequences to your ignorant action, which is what it was.

    When the National Anthem is played, I salute because I am a black man born and raised in the inner city afforded the opportunity for greatness in my own right. May you seek God’s forgiveness and find humility, because we, the people are not going to forget what you did and said.”

  3. Amazona August 31, 2016 / 10:03 am

    There are several things Kaepernick could do to help “his people”. Maybe he has done some of them and I just don’t know, but somehow I doubt it.

    He could use some of the millions of dollars he gets in spite of his oppressed, victim, status, to help people of color. He could start a foundation and encourage others to contribute, to pick up where the country left off when Obama cancelled the school voucher program for young black people in Washington DC, and work to encourage education in minority communities. He could engage in meaningful outreach in dozens of ways, such as funding clinics to teach black people how to do job interviews and what it takes to get ahead in the workplace.

    The most meaningful thing he could do would be to make a statement:

    “I am where I am today not because my biological father was black. I never knew him. He didn’t care that he had fathered a son. I was a lucky child, because my mother realized she could not provide me with the kind of home I would need to be a happy, secure, educated child who could do well in the world, so she made the sacrifice of finding a home for me where I could have all those things.

    I am not where I am today just because I have God-given athletic ability. A lot of people have the same basic abilities I have. No, I am where I am today because I was blessed with a family, a father and a mother, who not only loved me wholeheartedly, who not only gave me the security of a loving family, they made sure I grew up with an understanding of the role I would need to play as a man. They taught me that education is important, that character is important, that success requires commitment and diligence and discipline. They taught me that being an independent man who can take responsibility for himself, and any family he might have, is the most important attribute of any man, and they taught me the value of a family. And as a white family that made a half-white, half-black child part of that family, they taught me that color is only skin deep.

    My heart bleeds for the young black people who never had the advantages I had. I don’t mean the advantage of being in a white family, for what that is worth. I don’t mean the advantage of being in a family that was not poor and struggling. I mean the advantage of being IN A FAMILY, in a family with a mother and a father, in a family where I was taught the importance of being able to stand on my own two feet and make my way in the world and not be dependent on others. I was blessed to be brought up in an environment where it was understood that I would have to work for what I got, that I would have to have the strength of character to get knocked down and get up again.

    I play football. When I get tackled, I don’t get tackled because I am partly black. I get tackled because that is part of the game. When a pass is intercepted, the other player did not pick off the ball because I am partly black, he did it because that is part of the game, and I can’t get away with complaining that I was cheated out of a completion because of my color. I was lucky enough to learn this early on, and that is what every successful athlete of any color learns—-you have to work hard to be as good as you can be at any position you play, and you can’t just quit when things get hard. What you see on the field is only a small part of what I do. What you don’t see is the hundreds of hours of misery, the workouts till I am exhausted, the pain of pushing my body farther than it wants to go, the temptation to quit when it just seems too hard. Understanding this is one of the lessons a family can pass on to its children.

    It will be harder for anyone to overcome the disadvantage of being fatherless, of not having a strong family, but it can be done. My message is to all the black men out there, to talk about the importance of being there for your children, of making and building strong families, and of teaching your children the things they will need to know to make it in this world.

    Instead of doing something meaningful that might make a difference in the lives of “his people” he just sits on his ass and engages in rhetoric that encourages them to see themselves as hapless victims of “oppression” and therefore not responsible for their failures.

    • M. Noonan August 31, 2016 / 12:34 pm

      Pretty much my point – if Kaepernick was actually informed of his nation’s history, he would find it impossible to sit while the National Anthem is played. But he’s not informed – I suspect that almost all of those who make up the Progressive side of the aisle aren’t informed. And, of course, they aren’t informed because our leaders made a conscious decision to make the people uninformed…if the people learn of all the great Americans of the past, then they’ll love their country, and patriotism is considered an evil thing in general.

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