With Aaron Rogers out due to a broken collarbone, the Green Bay Packers just signed Joe Callahan as quarterback. When they could have had Colin Kaepernick? Are they crazy?! At least, that’s the way Kaepernick sees it, which explains why he’s filed a legal grievance against the NFL, claiming team owners are colluding to keep him from being signed.
Why is it that every time things don’t go the way a liberal wants them to, it must be a vast rightwing/Russian/NFL team owner conspiracy? Sometimes, things are exactly as they seem: some men are accused of being sexist pigs because they are; sometimes your candidate loses because other voters didn’t like them as much as you did; and sometimes you don’t get a job because despite having skills, you blow the interview by being an obnoxious jerk who’s obviously going to drive customers away. If you can’t go five minutes without lecturing people on veganism, don’t be surprised if Burger King refuses to hire you.
Colin Kaepernick insisted that launching divisive protests against the police during the playing of the National Anthem was his right. It really isn’t, because the First Amendment protects you from government reprisal, it doesn’t give you the right to alienate customers when you’re at work. But having demanded that right, he now wishes to be immune from the consequences of his actions.
I’ll bet team owners wish they were immune from the consequences of his actions. He started a movement that has now resulted in NFL TV ratings dropping 18% since 2015. Ticket sales are plummeting, fans are burning team merchandise, NFL football has dropped from the most-respected to the least-respected sport, and Credit Suisse just cut CBS’s estimated third quarter earnings by 5%, mostly due to fallen ratings for Sunday football. Why won’t a team hire Colin Kaepernick? I’m guessing for the same reason a hospital nursing staff wouldn’t hire Typhoid Mary.
To Mr. Kaepernick and any other athletes or celebrities who feel America is horrible and unfair, I offer a challenge. Instead of using the time and money of your employer to promote your political agendas, get off the field or stage and get on the ballot. Run for public office. Since you have name recognition most politicians can only dream of and you have way more money than most candidates will ever raise, take your grievances to the one place where you can actually affect change. Run for Congress, for Governor, or even for President. Or how about the city council or school board?
If you think the country stinks, then take your soapbox and use your soap to clean it up. Do what people like me did: give up your income and your benefits; get your name on the ballot; get elected, and make America better. Don’t take a knee, take a stand. Get off your rear and get in the real game.
I should warn you: the pay stinks. But at least then, we might take you seriously that you really want to (if I may borrow a phrase) “Make America Great Again.”
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