A Dirty Job, But Someone Has to Do It


Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs fame, takes on, yet again, the task of speaking common sense in a time of widespread madness:


Off the Wall

Why would anyone in their right mind support Nike after this latest round of nonsense? Why would any public company with an image to protect take advice from an athlete? How can our attention be sucked up by people with nothing better to do than complain about fireworks and tanks on the fourth of July? Our country seems be losing its mind, or at the very least, its sense of history and perspective. As a man who has always seemed comfortable with our country’s flag, I was hoping you might have some insight to share on this, especially today.

Karen Murphy

Hi Karen

I think Nike has the right to decorate their shoes with whatever flag they desire. I think Kaepernick has the right to offer marketing advice to any company that’ll take it. And I think you and I have the right to purchase whatever brand of tennis shoes we choose. The reason these rights exist, is because we live in the United States, and the reason the states are united, is because we decided, two and a half centuries ago, to be free of our British masters. So, we fought a war. Happily, the results of that war made us a free country. Then, four score and seven years later, we decided we could not call ourselves a free country, as long as slavery existed. So, we fought another war. Happily, the results of that war made us freer still. Had either conflict gone the other way, our county would not exist – not as we know it, anyway. And the flag we fly today would look nothing like the one I’m proud to stand for.

In other words, I’m tempted on this day to remind you that there’s nothing inherently dangerous about a sneaker company currying favor with a woke athlete, or fellow citizens complaining about displays of patriotism and military might. On the other hand, I think Ronald Reagan was right when he said we’re always one generation away from losing the freedoms we currently enjoy. Along with the siren song of socialism, the persistent promise of “free” stuff, and the breathtaking level of censorship on our college campuses, I worry about the growing belief among many that we can somehow improve our present by erasing our past; by toppling statues, outlawing “problematic” symbols, or rewriting specific pieces of our history in ways that leave us feeling less offended. George Orwell said it best…

“The most effective way to destroy a people is to deny and obliterate their understanding of history.”

Of course, Orwell also said this…

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

In other words, we can’t deny Kapernick’s right to speak his mind, but we shouldn’t ignore the flaws in his thinking. He has argued that the Betsy Ross flag is “racist,” because it flew at a time when slavery was legal in America. By that definition, aren’t crosses are also racist? Weren’t they on churches attended by slave-owning congregants? Why not demand their removal? What about the Bald Eagle? Wasn’t our national bird flying around when slaves were held? Why not protest it as well? What about the Great Seal? E Pluribus Unum? The Liberty Bell? It rang countless times while slavery was still the law of the land. Why not demand its removal? Kaepernick’s argument is unpersuasive, not because it’s unpopular, or unpatriotic. It’s unpersuasive because it’s completely void of logic.

Go here to read the rest.  In Leftist circles it is often the fashion to decry the fear of The Other as motivating their opponents.  So far as I can tell Leftists hate The Other if The Other  has beliefs that differ an iota from the views currently popular on the Left.  When it comes to being a massively intolerant group, Leftists win that category in the contemporary West hands down.

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  1. The left does see its intolerance but it feels justified to use against a great evil that cannot be allowed to exist, and that they believe they have a duty to preserve their idea of country as they see it, to their utopia they have imagined that will benefit mankind in their view. Conservatism is a cancer that needs to be irradiated not tolerated anymore than a persons body would tolerate a cancer to grow unhindered. That is why what we see as their intolerance is perfectly acceptable to the left because to tolerate conservative thought and speech means the end of their existence. They are in a survivalist mode.

  2. Orwell: “We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men.”

    And, “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”

    And, “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.”

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