Michigan State Police Director Kriste Kibbey Etue posted a meme on her Facebook feed this week that many Americans would agree with. Taking a stance against the pathetic NFL anthem protests, Etue shared a post that categorized the protesting players as “millionaire ingrates who hate America and disrespect our armed forces and veterans.” The meme called them “a bunch of rich, entitled, arrogant, anti-American degenerates.”
So…what’s the problem?
Well, naturally, black activists in Michigan – still trying to make this a race thing – are now calling on Etue to be fired. And even though Etue has apologized twice for the post, there is growing talk of demonstrations to demand that punitive action be taken against her.
Dismissing Etue’s argument that her post was meant to honor the armed forces and did not have anything to do with race, the Detroit Free Press, abandoning journalistic objectivity, said, “It’s impossible to separate the NFL protests — initiated and mostly continued by black players who said they were protesting racism and the shooting of unarmed black men by police officers — from the issues of race and policing.”
Is it, now? Millions of Americans – including the President of the United States – would disagree. These protests don’t have a thing to do with police brutality anymore, if they ever did. No one has yet explained coherently how kneeling for the national anthem relates to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, but we guess it’s just one of those things you can’t question. Regardless, Sunday’s demonstration was not against police brutality, it was against the president. And it was a shocking sign of disrespect to the flag, the anthem, and the country.
It’s still stunning to us that Democrats are actually joining the side of the protesters. Do they want to EVER win another election. Here’s State Rep. Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint) talking about the post.
“It makes clear that Col. Etue does not understand the nature of the protests, nor respect the First Amendment rights of protesters,” said Neeley in a press release. “This calls into question her ability and objectivity to lead the men and women in her department who are charged with not just enforcing laws, but also protecting and serving people of color.”
No, Mr. Neeley, it’s is YOU who does not understand the First Amendment. Nowhere in that hallowed document called the Constitution does it say that protesters are allowed to do anything they want without fear of being criticized for it. Quite the opposite. Col. Etue – just like the players – enjoys the same free speech rights as you do. The fact that she doesn’t like to see football players kneeling for the anthem says nothing – NOTHING – about her ability to enforce the law. The mere idea is laughable.
If there was ever a “jump the shark” moment for the Black Lives Matter movement, these NFL protests might be it. Americans have just about reached their breaking points with this nonsense.