NFL Players Protest the National Anthem. So What?

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Since there are people who get so emotional over pieces of cloth waving in the wind and the way in which others perceive it, why not just do the national anthem at the start of the season for the first games? If some people protest, fine. If others don’t, fine. That way, the race-baiting, victim mentality snowflakes can have their fun, while the flag-worshiping, subservient snowflakes can walk around in red, white and blue high-fiving one another. Why the need to go through the whole ritual EVERY game? We get it. We know we’re in America, the world-dominating empire with unprecedented military power that all must bow down to or else (but does it need to be done every single game?).

While I disagree with the reasons or ways in which players are protesting, I don’t hold to the sensitive feelings about the flag and anthem that people so offended by protesting them do. We all have our own different, subjective interpretations of the same symbols. To me, the flag represents the federal government, its endless wars, ever increasing taxation, devaluing of the dollar, over-regulation, erosion of civil liberties, etc., so I have no amorous feelings toward it. I prefer the Gadsden, anarcho-capitalist, and Sons of Liberty flags to Old Glory, but if you burned any of these, I wouldn’t care unless they were my private property. Despite what I may think about them, they’re just inanimate objects onto which I project subjective meaning.

It’s interesting to me that the affection for national, federal symbols, like flags and anthems, and the subsequent ridicule of those who reject or hold less-than-holy interpretations of them didn’t become the norm until the proto-fascists in the late 1800’s clamored for it. American nationalism rose after the Civil War in large part as a way to supplanting the anti-federalist idea of states being individual sovereign nations for the antithetical idea that there is only one nation – the federal United State. Oddly enough, prior to the 1940’s, opportunistic busybodies pushed to have a flag in every classroom for nationalist indoctrination and introduced the Pledge of Allegiance using a salute very similar to the one Nazis later adopted. FDR eventually had this changed to the hand over the heart gesture to distinguish the salute and himself from Nazism. Native Americans, business owners, the US government and military used swastikas as symbols to represent themselves before it became a vilified symbol synonymous with Nazism and shunned by nearly everyone. Unsurprisingly, Hitler initially admired the fascist FDR for his nationalization of industry, expansion of the welfare State and emphasis of the “public good” over individual civil liberties. The consolidation of federal power in America during a time of turmoil was an inspiration for Hitler and Nazi Germany. Example:

[Hitler] “told American ambassador William Dodd that he was ‘in accord with the President in the view that the virtue of duty, readiness for sacrifice, and discipline should dominate the entire people. These moral demands which the President places before every individual citizen of the United States are also the quintessence of the German state philosophy, which finds its expression in the slogan “The Public Weal Transcends the Interest of the Individual.” A New Order in both countries had replaced an antiquated emphasis on rights. (https://goo.gl/7jVpRP)

America, despite its shortcomings, went from a beacon of decentralization, individual effort and free markets to a fascist empire welfare state that influenced other nations to follow suit. Since then, its inhabitants have turned into a bunch of government-loving pansies more concerned with identifying with things like celebrity opinion, politicians, national symbols and skin color than actually being and thinking as individuals. Never mind that symbols may fluctuate back and forth between being acceptable and vilifiable; what matters is the emotional attachment in the present moment. What is considered “patriotic” today would have been seen as worth tarring and feathering during the time of the Founding Fathers. If alive today, Adams, Franklin, Jefferson and Payne would be considered unpatriotic and unamerican by the same people who pledge allegiance to inanimate federal symbols.

I understand. You, your son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, father, mother, grandfather, etc. enlisted to defend America and that’s what the flag represents to you, but just because someone willingly chose to enlist, for any noble reason, and became cannon fodder in foreign lands in order to carry out horrible foreign policy doesn’t mean I have to somehow close my eyes and make believe that America currently defends “freedom” and any symbol related to this endeavor is off limits. I have much sympathy for soldiers preyed upon by recruiters and those too young and ignorant of their fate under American foreign policy, but I despise the war hawking military brass and political elite sending these young men and women off to die for their own riches and legacies.

The adage “I may disagree with you, but I will defend your right to say it,” has become, “I disagree with you and you should lose your job, be ostracized and possibly assaulted for disagreeing with me.”

Rome didn’t collapse in a day.

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The Milgram Experiment and the Problem with Authority

The Milgram Experiment is one of those things in my moments of study that lead me to being anti-state. I remember learning about this experiment back in college, and it gave me insight into how people are when submitting to authority they support.

Arbitrary authority (as opposed to authority in a field of study, skill or occupation), whether rooted in religion or the state, is built on a foundation of emotional cowardice andImage result for milgram experiment a lack of ethics. People who think harming other individuals for the “greater good” can justify nearly anything. For example, taxation is ultimately theft and extortion, but if you believe in stealing from someone for a higher purpose, there is no shame in no longer calling it theft or extortion. What would otherwise be considered unethical and criminal then morphs into what is referred to as worthy, noble and civilized by calling it “taxation” and using phrases like “the price we pay for civilized society.” Because of this willing ignorance and deferral of ethical understanding to chosen authorities, politicians get to plunder what they want legally, so long as their empty promises are considered good enough by the majority who vote for and submit to them.

“In the end, they found that 90 percent of volunteers followed orders to inflict the highest level of shocks available – very similar to the amount of people in Milgram’s experiments who pushed the 10th button.

‘Half a century after Milgram’s original research into obedience to authority, a striking majority of subjects are still willing to electrocute a helpless individual,’ Grzyb concluded.

In 2014, a team went back over the Yale archives and found that, rather than participants feeling distressed by the experiments, they actually felt good about making an important contribution to science.

‘This provides new insight into the psychology of oppression and gels with other evidence that perpetrators are generally motivated, not by a desire to do evil, but by a sense that what they are doing is worthy and noble,’ explained one of the researchers, Alex Haslam from the University of Queensland, at the time.”

Ending the Bureaucratic State is Essential to Making America Great Again

“But without government, how would people know what is good for the public?”

Image result for fdaThe FDA finally acknowledged that Pop-Tarts are not a health food. It took this federal institution 22 years to update its bad information (which was overwhelmingly supported by state funded scientists) and catch up to the market research that showcased for years that the FDA was wrong all along. Examples like these are abundant and they seem to follow a similar path: politicians create alarm in order to establish more government agency and since priests and pastors are no longer in vogue for building up hysteria or doomsday scenarios, they pad the pockets of academics and scientists who have worked for state institutions, often exclusively, to do what the religious panderers did years ago. Why should anyone today be expected to assume that another bureaucratic edict supported by elite politicians and a consensus of state funded scientists be treated like scripture?

I’ve read the hysterical claims of, “I guess if you no longer want clean water, end the EPA,” and, “I like my food not being poisoned. Thanks, FDA!” For every imagined prevention the EPA gets credit for, there is an actual Flint water crisis or Animas River toxic spill. Blue Bell Ice Cream’s prolonged listeria recall happened despite FDA rules and regulations. Regardless of the reason why this failure and corruption happens, if by fault of either Republicans or Democrats, the end is the same: the rules and regulations, and ultimately the outcome, are always political and easily corruptible.

Continuing to believe the final authority should rest in the hands of elite political appointees thousands of miles away should alarm anyone who genuinely cares about the health and safety of the public they claim to be a part of merely feet, yards or miles away. Whether dealing with education, food or environmental concerns, it makes more sense to locally manage “public well-being” given the proximity of the issue to the people who should be most actively involved in their own well-being. Why are there some who want to continue to delegate that responsibility to people who are further away and harder to hold accountable? (This reminds me of people who think the UN is useful to any degree. The US government is almost completely unaccountable for its actions, and yet there are people who want an additional, even more unaccountable government entity to have some say in not only their own lives but in the lives of others.)
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The bottom line is this: those who are overly attached to their favorite 3 and 4-letter government agencies don’t have the intellectual honesty to admit that they have neither the fortitude nor dedication to take their own time and money to invest in the services they think society needs; instead, they would rather money be taken from everyone regardless of consent and given to corrupt politicians and bureaucrats to pay for and manage these services.

It’s foolish to think delegating rights and responsibilities to someone else is legitimate and somehow more important than actively protecting them yourself, and it’s immoral to force people to give up money by compulsion for what is subjectively deemed necessary. This is what separates a conservative from a progressive and even a libertarian from a conservative.

It should be understood that the government was created by people, and in America, the people created individual governments and sovereign nations we call states. These states created a federal government. The federal government did not create New York. It was New York that helped create it. Individual state governments and regions of state governments should have and must pursue the ability to actively disassociate from federal bureaucracies and form their own associations and coalitions. Abolishing, nullifying and seceding from federal control is vital to genuine progress and prosperity.

– J.Roubique

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