By Joe Ragonese
I was a police officer for 36 years. Prior to being a police officer I served six years in the U.S. Air Force, four on active duty and two in the reserves. Before that, my fondest memories, while growing up, are of going to the VFW with my dad on Friday night for their fish fry or clam bake. When I was in high school I played on that VFW Post’s Drum & Bugle Corps. My Dad served in the Merchant Marine during WW II, and recounted having been torpedoed once while on a North Atlantic convoy. All of my uncles served in the Army or Navy during WWII and some of my older cousins in Korea. My brother was a Marine who was stationed in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and I went to Vietnam.
Neither my brother nor I were wounded while in the service, but some of our uncles were not so lucky, and our father had to tread water in the cold North Atlantic before being picked up by a Coast Guard cutter. Our family willingly sacrificed for this nation, as did millions of others. When people say freedom isn’t free, we know, first hand, what that means.
My grandfather was a Carabinieri (Italian Federal Police Officer) in Sicily before he immigrated to America, and beyond my 36 year police career, two first cousins were policemen, two were married to policemen, one second cousin is currently a police officer, and so is my oldest grandson.
Standing up for American values is who we are, and we are not ashamed to defend them. Of course, most of you reading this article feel exactly the same. Law enforcement is a vital aspect of maintaining those values, as well as remaining a free and prosperous nation. Without it we are no different than those lawless nations in Africa who slaughter millions of their countrymen for whatever reason they wish. The post-Civil War Old West could not prosper until law enforcement firmly established itself, and those intercity ghettos of today will never prosper until law and order prevails. We will continue having body counts in Chicago’s neighborhoods that surpass any in Iraq or Syria, until the law is enforced.
Our flag means a great deal to me. When I hear the National Anthem played it sends shivers up my spine. I am not ashamed to admit that I am a patriot, which brings me to the point. When I see the flag desecrated or witness someone dishonoring this country, I get very upset. But to watch an overpaid, spoiled athlete dishonor this country, goes beyond the limit of my tolerance. These athletes use the freedoms, that other’s earned for them, to be disrespectful to the very people who pay for those franchises to exist.
The NFL has been under attack by the radical left for several years now. It is no accident that so many media stories, from print, television and the movies, have attacked the NFL with stories about concussions and the effect on players; from high school through the pros, and the cover-up by the NFL to hide the facts.
Football is a violent sport, that pits men against each other, acting in a manly way, while forsaking feminism; and as such the left doesn’t like it. The left is trying to do away with football at all levels. That means the people who watch and support football, are the rest of us; you know, Hillary’s deplorables. We are your everyday working guy and gal; Joe six-pack, guys and gals who like to go to the games and tail-gate, make a day of the sport and have their friends over for a bar-b-cue. Just everyday working people, the heartbeat of America; that’s why the left doesn’t like football; they are too elite for the sport. So in typical leftist fascist fashion, they are trying to do away with it.
In response, the NFL is trying to pander to them. They think that they can win over the feminist Nazis and leftist fascists. Of course, it won’t work. Just as it didn’t work for the tobacco industry, the NFL is on the way out; because there is no compromising with the radical left. The NFL; however, has no qualms about insulting the rest of us. They figure that we will support them no matter how much they mistreat us. Well, I for one will no longer accept being insulted by them. I am not accepting those athletes spitting in my face by being disrespectful to everything that I believe in. I will no longer accept their superiors not putting an end to their tantrums, or the NFL itself allowing this type of disrespectful behavior to continue. That is why I have boycotted the NFL.
It all began in the NFL preseason, when Colin Kaepernik, a third string quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, during a pre-season game, refused to stand for the National Anthem. When questioned by reporters, he stated that he could not honor a nation whose police kill black men. Of course he was referring to BLM lies. He went a step farther the next game, when he wore socks with police officers depicted as pigs. Since his first disrespectful act, several other jerks, on different NFL teams, have joined him.
The NFL remained silent, but others stated he was within his rights. This is the same NFL that barred the Dallas Cowboys from placing a sticker on their helmets to honor the five Dallas police officers who were gunned down by a BLM racist. The hypocrisy doesn’t end there, though. This is the very same NFL that applauded Beyoncé strutting onstage in her racist Black Panther themed outfit, at this year’s Super Bowl. The liberal press, and the NFL, gushed at her paying homage to the Black Panthers; you know that racist black group that wants to kill white people and especially the police. Apparently the NFL has no problem with anti-white and anti-police bigotry.
So this writer has chosen to boycott the NFL, and I would urge everyone reading this article to do the same. The NFL is a capitalist business. It exists solely to earn profits. I will not spend one dime on an organization that opposes everything that I believe in and that insults me, nor will I watch those televised games, because they earn profits by how many do watch. If you, too, are a patriot, please join me in boycotting the NFL.