NFL makes another boneheaded decision about the national anthem at the Super Bowl and I just gotta ask…

Ok, the Super Bowl match-up is set. Yeah, those guys, the New England Patriots…again, and the Philadelphia Eagles. My advice to Philadelphia is to take a page from the Steve Spurrier playbook of football. No matter how big a lead you have, keep scoring, always play like you’re behind 14 points and the only numbers that matter on the scoreboard are when the clock says 00:00. Oh, and you have more points than the Patriots.

In what has been a very tumultuous year for the NFL, it will be interesting to see what the viewership will be for the Super Bowl. However, I do find it interesting that the NFL has told a veterans organization, AMVETS, that they will not be allowed to run an ad during the Super Bowl encouraging Americans to stand up for our flag, our national anthem. According to the NFL, they rejected this commercial from a veterans organization because they didn’t want to get “political.” Political? When did it become POLITICAL for a veterans organization to run an ad during the Super Bowl with a simple message of “stand up?”

Good thing our veterans have never decided to not deploy to fight and safeguard our freedoms and liberties based on who the commander in chief was…you know, political. Gotta tell ya, if the NFL maintains this position, chances are the ratings for this Super Bowl will be an all-time low. I for one, a U.S. combat veteran will not be watching. I’ll sit and watch old historical war movies instead, those films that depict the honor, courage, sacrifice, commitment and service of those who were willing to “stand up” and give the last full measure of devotion for our nation, our Republic.

And how very interesting that the NFL would make such a decision when one considers the two teams playing in the Super Bowl.

I think we all need to remember that Tom Brady is a player on a team called the New England Patriots. The real New England Patriots would have stood up for our flag, our nation as a matter of fact, that’s exactly what they did some 243 years ago. It was those New England Patriots who took the field of battle at Lexington Green and Concord, Massachusetts in April 1775 when the British were coming to destroy a weapons and armament factory. Those New England Patriots didn’t take a knee, they fired the “shot heard around the world” and set forth our fight, our struggle for a land of individual liberty and freedom.

These were the same men who came from Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts who didn’t take a knee at a place called Breed’s Hill, also known as Bunker Hill. They were driven from that Hill, but their “stand” inflicted heavy casualties upon the Redcoats, and let them know we were serious about fighting for our liberty. Bill Belichick is a phenomenal football coach, but he ain’t General George Washington. I do seriously find it hilarious that the folks who are the most well-known political figures in New England today are Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders…dang glad they weren’t around in 1775.

And the other team in the Super Bowl are the Philadelphia Eagles..yeah, Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation. We must be so very glad that Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson, and all those other delegates, those incredible 56 men who signed our Declaration of Independence didn’t take a knee. Nor did those men who returned later in 1787 to draft and approve our U.S. Constitution, our rule of law. I just have to wonder, what would these astute Patriots say to the NFL’s decision not to allow a veterans organization ad imploring Americans to “stand up” for our flag and national anthem?

Not far from Philadelphia is a place called Valley Forge. At that place, men – patriots — starved, froze, and died of disease, and today, the NFL doesn’t want us to remember their sacrifices by the simple act of standing up…glad those men didn’t take a knee. Ya know GEICO is running a funny little commercial depicting General George Washington crossing the Delaware — turnpike — but how many Americans know Washington and those patriots crossed the frozen Delaware River and attacked Trenton, New Jersey at Christmas? Darn glad that they didn’t take a knee and whine about it being too cold, due to global warming or climate change.

This is the same Philadelphia where today, their government instituted an insidious soda tax because the government believes it knows what’s best for the people there. Hmm, I tend to remember those New England Patriots in Boston, who dumped tea into the river over an onerous tax on that beverage. Maybe the good folks in Philadelphia should go into the stores and take cases of soda and dump them into the river there.

I think y’all have gotten my point. How odd it is that we have a city and a region so symbolic and historic in the creation of this nation. Yet we have an NFL that says a commercial by a veterans organization asking us to “stand up” for our flag and national anthem is too political.

If this decision holds, I’ll watch the story of the real New England Patriots – “Sons of Liberty” — instead.

[Learn more about Allen West’s vision for this nation in his book Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom]

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