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.


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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?


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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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  • Gayle Johnson

    10/21/2017 10:58 AM

    Going into the future, I read your newsletter from 10/20/17 and since I couldn't comment on your first opinion in that newsletter, I'll comment here because it relates to this commentary. You stated that J.T. Brown of Tampa Bay Lightening NHL hockey team will no longer raise his fist (black power fist) during the playing of the National Anthem because he is now going to be using his time and energy working with the police and community to teach sports to the youth to keep them out of trouble. You challenged the NFL to institute a "Take-Your-NFL Player-to-the-Police Academy-Day" so that they can see what police officer go through on a day to day basis. I think that is an EXCELLENT idea and then expand that "day" into a ride-along night patrol, and hopefully they will encounter a confrontation between the police and an in-your-face person of color, and see for themself that it is NOT the police who escalate the confrontation, but the thug who is resisting arrest!

    As always, I enjoy reading your newsletters because it is the only place where the TRUTH is being told; the VOICE OF REASON!! Keep up the good work and God Bless you and your family.

  • Rebecca A Freeman

    10/19/2017 02:34 PM

    I agree with you Mr. Huckabee; if we're not happy with the way things are going, we should BE the change. Live it out and take reasonable steps toward real change. I don't know if any positive thing has come of these protests by the NFL players. Social justice is a good cause to take up, but I think trying to connect that with the flag and National Anthem is the wrong vehicle. It has been very divisive. Many NFL players are deeply involved in the communities in which they live. I think that is a wonderful thing; I also think they're effective because they're investing themselves in communities on their own time. So they should stick with what works.

  • James Fuoss

    10/19/2017 07:19 AM

    I think that the playing of the national anthem at NFL games should be televised, because the national anthem and the flag remind us of the blessings God has showered on this country. The cameras should focus on the flag and on players and spectators who are showing proper respect for our flag. The cameras should not give an audience to the disrespectful and thankless persons who take a knee or any other disrespectful posture.

  • Patricia R Hague

    10/18/2017 09:10 PM

    Perfect commentary, Gov., in print as well as on your great new TV show! Thank you!

  • Bruce Deming

    10/18/2017 04:15 PM

    Running for office and getting involved politically would be a great way to show their commitment to the problems that they as millionaires never have to face. Is it guilt they are feeling, because of the opulent life style they lead, and they see others of their race living in squalor? I guess it doesn't really matter anyway, a very large portion of NFL players can't run for office because of prior felonies. Goodell and the NFL seem to have no problem helping criminal players bury their records. Are these the people we really want our children looking up to?


    NFL arrest record by team since 2000
    Number of Arrests by Team Since 2000
    Minnesota Vikings 42
    Cincinnati Bengals 40
    Denver Broncos 36
    Tennessee Titans 33
    Miami Dolphins 28
    Kansas City Chiefs 28
    Jacksonville Jaguars 27
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27
    Cleveland Browns 26
    San Diego Chargers 25
    Indianapolis Colts 24
    Chicago Bears 23
    Seattle Seahawks 20
    New Orleans Saints 20
    Washington Redskins 18
    Oakland Raiders 18
    Baltimore Ravens 18
    Carolina Panthers 18
    Green Bay Packers 17
    Pittsburgh Steelers 17
    Atlanta Falcons 16
    San Francisco 49ers 16
    Detroit Lions 15
    New England Patriots 15
    Buffalo Bills 14
    Dallas Cowboys 13
    New York Giants 13
    Arizona Cardinals 12
    New York Jets 11
    Philadelphia Eagles 10
    Houston Texans 9
    St Louis Rams 8
    Total 656
    Only 23 of all arrests were Caucasian.
    not racist just a fact !!!

    Arrest records (details) of NFL players arrests since the year 2000 shown at:
    https://www.usatoday.com/ sports/nfl/arrests/

  • Bruce Deming

    10/18/2017 04:01 PM

    Running for office and getting involved politically would be a great way to show their commitment to the problems that they as millionaires never have to face. Is it guilt they are feeling, because of the opulent life style they lead, and they see others of their race living in squalor? I guess it doesn't really matter anyway, a very large portion of NFL players can't run for office because of prior felonies. Goodell and the NFL seem to have no problem helping criminal players bury their records. Are these the people we really want our children looking up to?


    NFL arrest record by team since 2000
    Number of Arrests by Team Since 2000
    Minnesota Vikings 42
    Cincinnati Bengals 40
    Denver Broncos 36
    Tennessee Titans 33
    Miami Dolphins 28
    Kansas City Chiefs 28
    Jacksonville Jaguars 27
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27
    Cleveland Browns 26
    San Diego Chargers 25
    Indianapolis Colts 24
    Chicago Bears 23
    Seattle Seahawks 20
    New Orleans Saints 20
    Washington Redskins 18
    Oakland Raiders 18
    Baltimore Ravens 18
    Carolina Panthers 18
    Green Bay Packers 17
    Pittsburgh Steelers 17
    Atlanta Falcons 16
    San Francisco 49ers 16
    Detroit Lions 15
    New England Patriots 15
    Buffalo Bills 14
    Dallas Cowboys 13
    New York Giants 13
    Arizona Cardinals 12
    New York Jets 11
    Philadelphia Eagles 10
    Houston Texans 9
    St Louis Rams 8
    Total 656
    Only 23 of all arrests were Caucasian.
    not racist just a fact !!!

    Arrest records (details) of NFL players arrests since the year 2000 shown at:
    https://www.usatoday.com/ sports/nfl/arrests/

  • Gina Ramsey

    10/18/2017 01:06 PM

    Why can't we continue to play the national anthem but only video things it represents: the flag, the singer, people with hands over their hearts or hats off? By showing the negative, we are only giving them the publicity they want!

  • George A. Phelps

    10/18/2017 11:04 AM

    Hello from Texas Governor Huckabee!
    This whole Kaepernack issue is ludicrous and non-sensible!!! In my humble opinion those players who will not stand for the National Anthem are traitors. There are many traitors in this country and unfortunately many of them reside in Congress!
    I am a Decorated Korean War Combat Veteran and I find all of this outrageous!! This is an insult to all us veterans and to those who are fighting for the United States of America right now!!!
    I appreciate all you and your family do for America!! We are under attack from the far left progressive traitors and the states of Islam. If they are allowed to win, that will be the end of the United States and our Constitution!!
    Sincerely and with best wishes,
    George Phelps
    League City, Texas

  • Gayl wallace

    10/18/2017 10:33 AM

    Amen

  • Marygrace Meier

    10/17/2017 11:32 PM

    that is so funny, that you didn't hire that trouble maker, the NFL doesn't need him and neither does America need him or any of the other America haters. I understand they want what they want but at a football game where they are suppost to be working isn't the place.

  • Jerome Byrd

    10/17/2017 05:04 PM

    On the sixth day God created all the races and it was good. The continuing to create a divide based on race is not the method to stop racism. Continuing to fan the flames only makes things worse. The NFL deserves everything that is going on. People black red yellow or white need to be reading the word and stop listening to the flesh because the flesh misleads the word never will.

  • David Jones

    10/17/2017 04:43 PM

    Mike, I love what you wrote here:
    "...the First Amendment protects you from government reprisal, it doesn’t give you the right to alienate customers when you’re at work."

    If a person worked at a restaurant, you'd never be allowed to wear a "Hillary is a Fink" button. It would, as you say, alienate customers. The GOVERNMENT can't (and won't) come in and say you can't wear it, but your BOSS can tell you that your political opinions have no place in the restaurant!

  • Lori Smith

    10/17/2017 04:22 PM

    Perfect!! Everything I have been saying!!!

  • Jerry Jones

    10/17/2017 03:45 PM

    That is exactly what I've been saying. They have money and a name, go to town hall meetings school board meeting and city council meetings. Local level

  • Beth Thomas

    10/17/2017 03:18 PM

    Very well said. Sometimes people (me included) don't think there should be consequences for their actions.

  • Phillip Quinton

    10/17/2017 03:16 PM

    Perhaps he is having a hard time getting the fact that he may not be all that good of a quarterback. Teams need players that can play with consistency. That is a big plus. While I did see him play, he did seem to be a hit or miss player, who could run. But in his last year, his abilities, in my opinion, lagged a lot, making him a financial liability instead of a plus, regardless of his political pandering. Being raised in a wealthy, loving environment then making millions, I find it tough to understand how he was belittled and made to suffer through his upbringing.

  • Suzanne Anderson

    10/17/2017 03:08 PM

    Yes these men are millionaires. They should take their money and start a foundation to promote whatever they believe. They should stop complaining and do it.

  • Gayle Balfoort

    10/17/2017 03:02 PM

    Thank you Mr. Huckabee for one of the most rational reasonable accounts of what is going on with the NFL and Colin Kaepernick. I wish more people could be as insightful as you are. God bless you and your family.

  • Janett Davila

    10/17/2017 02:55 PM

    This is what I’ve been saying all along! Get off your butts and do something that will actually create positive changes. Excellent points and, as usual, right on the money. Love it!

  • Joe Stigall

    10/17/2017 02:55 PM

    Maybe I am off base here, but it could be a financial thing for the Packers. The Packers have a Salary Cap of how much they can pay for payroll. They have a starting QB named Rodgers. He gets hurt, he still gets paid. He has to be replaced and that salary must keep the Packers under the Salary Cap. From what has been reported elsewhere, Colin Kaepernick is demanding a large salary and may or may not fit the system in Green Bay. Joe Callahan, a former Packer from this year, probably has a lower salary demand and knows the system.

  • Deborah E Cinnamon

    10/17/2017 02:53 PM

    No, they won't do any of the positive things to try and change the situation. Many of these players have their own axes to grind with the police, and it's totally their own faults in most cases. The police have suffered more assaults this past year as a result of leaders of the highest rank in this country belittling and adding fuel to the racial division that suffered a great setback for 8 years in the previous administration. I wish they were serious about any of this and would actually try to help. Those who stand, in the NFL, and respect the anthem are those who actually DO go out into the communities and do actually try to help in the communities. I lived in an area that many former pro football players retired to and made the community so much better for all their community efforts. These guys would not disrespect the national anthem and flag, and their fans, by kneeling and showing their Black Power fists. In my community, there are Bluegrass Honor Flights. Our local talk radio hosts have participated and then shared their experiences to their audiences. I have never been so moved by their stories of the veterans who go on the flights and visit military monuments and recount their experiences. I would suggest a few of these 'oppressed' (overpaid militants) go on one of these flights, experience the patriotism, and then go onto the playing field and kneel before the flag and anthem because 'they are so oppressed'. That's what I'd like to see.

  • Kathryn K Davis

    10/17/2017 02:52 PM

    Well said. Thank you

  • douglas leib

    10/17/2017 02:50 PM

    Right on Governor. It is like I have always said~~ If you dont vote~~dont complain!! I have worked with our town council, sheriffs office, church & the Air force. I served our great country for 4 years and I know that we may not be a "perfect country" as yet, we are always working toward that goal. Love it or work to improve it.

  • Tamara Bauman

    10/17/2017 02:44 PM

    Perfectly stated and correct.

  • Jay schwanke

    10/17/2017 02:42 PM

    Best op-ed ever! Thanks Gov! Big fan of yours. God bless and keep you safe!!! I appreciate you!

  • michael moore

    10/17/2017 02:40 PM

    Mr. Kaepernick should peddle his wares in Canada. Their style of game is more suited to his style of play and why would any team in the NFL want to put up with his diva attitude. He is a talented athlete, but not a talented quarterback. No better than a back up without a complete overhaul of most team's offenses and personnel.

  • Richard Sabaski

    10/17/2017 02:35 PM

    My guess is the team duz not want Colin Cancer