Today makes 17 years since America-haters attacked the World Trade Center. Today makes one week since America-haters advertised a former football player who kneels for the national anthem as their hero. 

Don’t get me wrong. The attack on our country by Nike in no way resembles an unspeakable murder of innocent Americans, but both despicable actions still make me sick to my stomach. They should you as well.

Just after the events of 2001, it didn’t matter if we were Democrats or a Republicans or liberals or conservatives, we were all proud to be Americans. Well maybe all except Michelle Obama. But for the most part, no one was kneeling for the anthem or turning statues over, and I’d have pitied the scoundrel who attempted either stunt. 

It’s a shame that it took the deaths of 3,000 innocent Americans to remind us that we live in the greatest country on the planet. Likewise a shame as to how soon some people choose to forget.

Just as there was in 2001, there’s a contingent today that strives for the undoing of everything that this country was built upon and everything it stands for. Any pride they might display comes by way of protesting what they view as social injustice and inequality, while they disrespect our flag and curse our capitalism. Well, until a huge company like Nike openly glorifies that same disrespect for the flag, then they line up to buy $200 tennis shoes made in a sweatbox by Chinese girls who probably earn 20 cents an hour. 

In my opinion, this thing with Colin Kaepernick has always been about money and that’s why he’s been on Nike’s payroll. The people at Nike aren’t stupid. They’re using this poor guy to milk every dollar they can from a sad cast of unsuspecting characters, a demographic primed to indeed sacrifice everything in order to own an overpriced pair of sneakers. And just at a time when most within this customer base are ironically bent out of shape over corporate greed, Nike takes advantage of a down-on-his-luck whiner as their new poster boy. Seizing upon a seasoned protester as the face of the company was nothing short of corporate genius. I expect we’ll soon see anthem-kneeling Nike knee pads.

The NFL and one corporation after another thumb their noses at American patriots in favor of the Trump-hating, flag-burning, anthem-kneeling, statue-crashing zealots and they’re brazenly willing to risk any backlash that comes. For instance, just after Nike made the police-hating protester the face of the 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It.” advertising campaign, a representative for the NPD Group, a sports marketing research firm stated, and I quote, “Old angry white guys are not a core demographic for Nike.” 

You’re darn tootin’ they’re not, because most old angry white guys have no need for anthem-kneeling apparel. And last I heard those little Chinese Nike girls don’t make work boots.

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