Mike Rowe silenced Colin Kaepernick over the Betsy Ross flag with just four words

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Colin Kaepernick truly hates America.

After igniting the infamous national anthem protests, he most recently pressured Nike to cancel a shoe featuring the Betsy Ross flag.

And when Mike Rowe heard about it, it only took four words for him to silence Kaepernick.

On top of being the host of Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe is one of the most reasonable figures in Hollywood.

He speaks his mind, and isn’t afraid to ruffle some feathers when necessary.

So when he was asked about Kaepernick forcing Nike to pull a shoe over America’s first flag, Rowe wasn’t afraid to make his opinion clear.

Rowe said that his argument about the Betsy Ross flag being racist is “completely void of logic.”

Kaepernick claims that because there was slavery at the time the Betsy Ross flag was originally flown, it is racist.

Rowe simply points out that if the flag is racist for being around while slavery was legal, then countless other symbols like crosses and bald eagles must also be racist.

The Daily Caller reports:

The 57-year-old former host of “Dirty Jobs” shared that Kaepernick absolutely had the right to his opinion as well as the sneaker company having the right to recall the shoes when responding to a fan on Facebook about the issue, per the Washington Times in a piece published Tuesday. But he followed that up with all the reasons the former San Francisco 49ers QB’s argument was flawed.

“In other words, we can’t deny Kaepernick’s right to speak his mind, but we shouldn’t ignore the flaws in his thinking,” Rowe explained. “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,” he added. “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? ”

This is a part of a broader effort to make every historic American symbol racist.

The Left hates the values America was built on, so therefore historic figures must be put on the chopping block.

Do you agree with Mike Rowe’s statement?

Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  1. I agree with Mike Rowe wholeheartedly. It’s not anymore what America was built on, it’s what racist people want it to be. That moron is getting carried away. Let’s go all the way, remove everything and everybody from history. During that time period. Blacks owned slaves, so by all rights shouldn’t Harriet Tubman be removed from history? Afterall she was alive in that time period. So, let’s just remove all of the history of America.

    • Your comments are so stupid, but I have to respond to remind you. Tubman freed slaved, she cannot be erased even by racists as yourself. Rowe’s criticism is mild, and just an opinion, just what you have and Kaepernick have. None of history is being removed but statues being moved of traitorous us Confederate generals belong more in a museum than in a town green where people of all races live.

      • Confederate Generals were Americans that believed they were right in owning slaves. They were not traitorous but honest , brave men that were willing to stand up for what they believed whether it was right or wrong. Of course owning slaves was wrong. But it was also part of the South’s culture at the time. Tearing down statues doesn’t prove one thing and is vandalism. If people aren’t grown up enough to see a statue of a Confederate General in a public park without having a tizzy fit , too bad ! Get a grip and grow up….boo hoo , the statue might bite you….LOL.. The Civil War was a part of our American history and every man , woman and child that died on either side were valuable to America ! It was a sad time for our nation but it was also a great time for slavery was abolished. Collin Kaepernick is Anti-American….period. Does he know that Nike uses slave labor in China to make their shoes? Both Nike and Collin are hypocrites. One way to squelch racism is for all colors of people to stop blaming one another for their problems. Take a deep look into their own lives and make a decision to bring changes that will help everyone not just ” their” people. After all we are all made of dirt , just different colors of it….LOL. God made dirt and dirt don’t hurt…Mike Rowe made excellent points but then he always does…

        • Statues belong in museums, we don’t disagree on that much you have some good points, but you’re not black or Asian and haven’t felt any racism, and since you might be from the South you might know that Jim Crow is still alive and kicking more than ever now, especially under Trump’s white supremacy fans, the alt right, KKK, Nazis, biker gangs, militia groups, Tim McVeigh types, gun nuts etc.

          • Liberals started the KKK. Most bikers that support President Trump are veterans who served so we can argue the finer points what’s dumb to some and not to others. Militia groups? Hah! That’s absurd, but, the Second Amendment approves of a militia comprised of citizens. Tim McVeigh types are Liberals. McVeigh was against what he saw as a tyrannical government. Antifa does that now. Liberals call President Trump a tyrant. So, by your Liberal reasoning and usage, Timothy McVeigh would be on your side! Gun nuts? That is a moronic term and actually defines nothing of statistical value, thus negating your use of that term as a weapon. There! All done, you lose!

          • TG…It was DEMS who started the KKK and Jim Crow. FACT. And it is the DEMS who are still very racist. And it is the DEMS who are the Nazis, and also your definition of gun nuts. Wake up and dare to see the TRUTH!!!! It is you who shows your sick hate for this country. You are FREE to move to commie country of your choice. PLEASE DO. You have no concept of who our founding fathers were or what they left us or our Constitution. Try reading some history.

        • spoken like a person that can see the greener grass on the other side of the fence. Thank you for speaking so clearly what many feel is so true. The memorials being destroyed and the lack of understanding that the freedom to speech, whether it is agreeable with you or not, is a right that all Americans have. I agree that many need to grow up and quit having a temper-tantrum every time that someone else disagrees with your thinking and as for history, what will our children’s children learn about the early days of America and the great wars fought to maintain our freedoms that we enjoy

      • You’re logic is equally flawed. You say remove statues of “traitorous” Confederate generals. You need to research American history of the time period. The vast majority of these generals, including Lee, were saddened when leaving the Union, where all of them had formerly served. But you need also to understand that allegiance to their homes and states was very strong. Some turned their backs on their homes, which at the time was extremely brave to do and not without consequences. While Kapernick has his opinion and the rights to back it up, that in itself also comes with strings attached. He does nothing for free and has earned (?) buckets of money from Nike. No, as Mike Rowe so aptly said, Kapernick could use a history lesson.

      • TG…NO, you do not have to respond. No one is forcing you to come here and make a fool of yourself. And as for slaves, if you are black, your ancestors in Africa went into the jungles and rounded up other blacks and sold them into slavery. FACT. And the first slave owner in the U.S. was black. FACT. And the one who owned the most slaves was also black. FACT. Do you know anything at all about the history of this country?

        • True history does back this up, the truth has been changed by the race baitors, and the haters to manipulate and control the black race. The sad thing is that in most cases this propagation of falsehoods has worked.

      • Three Gowdys, I have to disagree. The statues need to stay exactly where they are. Not all Confederates agreed with slavery. I know General Robert Edward Lee didn’t. His Daddy, Lighthorse Harry, gave him 126 slaves for his birthday. Did he keep them? No, he turned around and set them free. He didn’t like the idea of slavery. You call Trump supporters gun nuts? white supremacy fans? And where do you get all that other bull?!? Well let me tell you one thing: Not all gun owners are gun nuts. I am a gun owner and I obey the laws about guns. It’s the criminals that don’t respect gun laws. I agree with bj’s response to you. You need to read and study up on the history of this great country and learn something. You also need to read up, study and learn about slavery.

        • A true Southerner wouldn’t display the flag as a symbol of white supremacy. They would display it as their Battle Flag. If you really want to see what a flag looks like that was actually flown for slavery, then take a good look at the flag today. The flags that were flown on the slave ships were actually the English, Dutch and Portugese flags. Don’t believe me? Look it up. As a matter of fact I’ll copy and paste it on here for you to read:
          MYTH – The War of 1861 – 1865 was fought over slavery.

          FACT – Terribly untrue. The North fought the war over money. Plain and simple. When the South started Secession, Lincoln was asked, “Why not let the South go in peace?” To which he replied, “I can’t let them go. Who would pay for the government?” Sensing total financial ruin for the North, Lincoln waged war on the South. The South fought the War to repel Northern aggression and invasion.

          MYTH – Only Southerners owned slaves.

          FACT – Entirely untrue. Many Northern civilians owned slaves. Prior to, during and even after the War Of Northern Aggression.

          Surprisingly, to many history impaired individuals, most Union Generals and staff had slaves to serve them! William T. Sherman had many slaves that served him until well after the war was over and did not free them until late in 1865.

          U.S. Grant also had several slaves, who were only freed after the 13th amendment in December of 1865. When asked why he didn’t free his slaves earlier, Grant stated “Good help is so hard to come by these days.”

          Contrarily, Confederate General Robert E. Lee freed his slaves (which he never purchased – they were inherited) in 1862!!! Lee freed his slaves several years before the war was over, and considerably earlier than his Northern counterparts. And during the fierce early days of the war when the South was obliterating the Yankee armies!

          Lastly, and most importantly, why did NORTHERN States outlaw slavery only AFTER the war was over? The so-called “Emancipation Proclamation” of Lincoln only gave freedom to slaves in the SOUTH! NOT in the North! This pecksniffery even went so far as to find the state of Delaware rejecting the 13th Amendment in December of 1865 and did not ratify it (13th Amendment / free the slaves) until 1901!

          MYTH – The Confederate Battle Flag was flown on slave ships.

          FACT – NONE of the flags of the Confederacy or Southern Nation ever flew over a slave ship. Nor did the South own or operate any slaves ships. The English, the Dutch and the Portugese brought slaves to this country, not the Southern Nation.

          BUT, even more monumental, it is also very important to know and understand that Federal, Yankee, Union ships brought slaves to America! These ships were from the New England states, and their hypocrisy is atrocious.

          These Federals were ones that ended up crying the loudest about slavery. But without their ships, many of the slaves would have never arrived here. They made countless fortunes on the delivery of slaves as well as the products madefrom raw materials such as cotton and tobacco in the South.

          This is the problem with Yankee history History is overwhelmingly portrayed incorrectly by most of the Federal & Yankee books and media.

          MYTH – The Confederate Battle Flag represented the Southern Nation.

          FACT – Not true. While the Southern Battle flag was carried into battle, the Southern Nation had 3 different National flags during the course of the war.

          The First National flag was changed due to a resemblance of the US flag.

          The Second National flag was subsequently modified due to the similarity to a flag of truce.

          The Third National flag was the adopted flag of the Confederacy.

          The Confederate Battle Flag was never a National Flag of the Confederacy. It was carried into battle by several armies such as the Army Of Northen Virginia and the Army of Tennessee. Was also used as a Naval Jack by the Confederate Navy.

          MYTH – The Confederate Battle Flag is known as the “Stars & Bars”.

          FACT – A common misconception. The First National Confederate Flag is correctly known as the “Stars & Bars”. The Confederate Battle Flag is known as the “Southern Cross”.

          MYTH – The Confederate Battle Flag represents racism today.

          FACT – The Confederate Battle Flag today finds itself in the center of much controversy and hoopla going on in several states. The cry to take this flag down is unjustified. It is very important to keep in mind that the Confederate Battle Flag was simply just that. A battle flag. It was never even a National flag, so how could it have flown over a slave nation or represented slavery or racism? This myth is continued by lack of education and ignorance. Those that villify the Confederate Battle Flag are very confused about history and have jumped upon a bandwagon with loose wheels.

          MYTH – The United States Flag represented freedom.

          FACT – No chance. The US flag flew over a slave nation for over 85 years! The North tolerated slavery and acknowledged it as a Division Of Labor. The North made a vast fortune on slavery and it’s commodities. It wasn’t until the South decided to leave the Union that the North objected. The North knew it could not survive without the Southern money. That is the true definition of hypocrisy.

          MYTH – Abraham Lincoln was the Great Emancipator.

          FACT – While Lincoln has went down in history as the Great Emancipator, many would not care to hear his real thoughts on people of color. Martyred President Abraham Lincoln was fervently making plans to send all freed slaves to the jungles of Central America once the war was over. Knowing that African society would never allow the slaves to return back to Africa, Lincoln also did not want the slaves in the US. He thought the jungles of Central America would be the best solution and conducive to the freed slaves best interest. The only thing that kept this from happening, was his assassination.

          MYTH – The South revered slavery.

          FACT – A very interesting fact on slavery is that at the time the War of 1861 -1865 officially commenced, the Southern States were actually in the process of freeing all slaves in the South. Russia had freed it’s servants in 1859, and the South took great note of this. Had military intervention not been forced upon the South, a very different America would have been realized then as well as now.

          MYTH – The Confederate Army was comprised of rich slave owners.

          FACT – Very far from true. The vast majority of soldiers in the Confederate Army were simple men of meager income. Most of which were hard working farmers and common men. Then, as now, very few rich men ever fight a war.

          MYTH – Only the North had men of color in their ranks.

          FACT – Quite simply a major falsehood of history. Many blacks, both free and of their own will, joined the Confederate Army to fight for their beloved Southern home. Additionally, men of other ethnic extraction fought as well. Oriental, Mexican & Spanish men as well as Native American Indians fought with pride for the South.

          Today, many men of color are members in the heritage group SCV – Sons Of Confederate Veterans. These men of color and pride rejoice in their heritage. The continued attacks on the Southern Nation, The Confederacy, and her symbols are a terrible outrage to these fine people. These attacks should be denounced with as much fervor as those who denounce the South.

          MYTH – The Confederate Flags are an authorized symbol of Aryan, KKK and hate groups.

          FACT – Quite the contrary. These dispicable organizations such as the KKK and Aryans have taken a hallowed piece of history, and have plagued good Southern folks and the memories of fine Confederate Soldiers that fought under the flag with their perverse agenda. IN NO WAY does the Confederate Flag represent hate or violence. Heritage groups such as the SCV battle daily the damage done to a proud nation by these hate groups. The SCV denounces all hate groups, and pridefully boast HERITAGE – NOT HATE.

          MYTH – The SCV – Sons Of Confederate Veterans are a racist, hate group.

          FACT – This is a blatant attack on one of the finest heritage groups ever. The SCV – Sons Of Confederate Veterans are a historical, patriotic and non-political organization comprised of descendents of Confederate Soldiers and sailors dedicated to insuring that a true history of the 1861 -1865 period is preserved and presented to the public. The SCV continues to educate the public of the memory and reputation of the Confederate soldier as well as the motives for his suffering and sacrifice.

          The SCV – Sons Of Confederate Veterans are in NO WAY affiliated with, nor does it recognize or condone the terrible legacy of hate groups such as the KKK.
          So there you have it. Straight from http://www.rulen.com/myths

      • The Abolitionists were Christian groups who tried to stop and abolish slavery. They knew it was evil. Even some of the founders of our country hated slavery and tried to stop it at the beginning. Of course, just like then, there are evil people who do evil things today. We should all try individually to stop evil in the present day. We can learn from history; not destroy it. I think a better solution to the Civil War statues is to erect statues of Abolitionists, Harriet Tubman, or others who did try to stop evil. I think Kaepernick wanted to do something for Black Lives Matter, but he didn’t use the right vehicle. His vehicle insulted many great people; our veterans, good policemen and women and regular hard working individuals wanting to watch a game. I myself do support Black Lives Matter in a non violent manner, because there is something wrong when so many apparently innocent black men are killed for some flimsy reasons, and there are some evil policemen. I am white and one of my white nephews was murdered by a policeman 24 years ago; it didn’t cross our mind at the time that a policeman would do that. I do agree with Mr. Rowe’s statement that Kaepernick paints too broad a stroke on our history. Kaepernick should educate himself on what other countries have done to their people; he would be shocked at the millions of people murdered in China and Russian in their revolutions. He would have more appreciation for our country.

      • Well, maybe you would like some more history. The first actual slave owner in this country was a free black man, by the name of Anthony Johnson, from Suffolk, Virginia. Up until that time, almost every person that came to this country was poor and had to pay back a sponsor for their passage here. Blacks and whites were treated the same. They all had serve seven years as an indentured servant. Their work for seven years paid the sponsor back for the money he put up for their travel. After their time of servitude, the King of England gave each person 40 acres of land. The sponsors started getting greedy and took the land the servants were supposed to get. That gave little for the servants to work for. They could run away and make their way in another town. Johnson had a man that was brought back, because he said the man didn’t finish his seven years. The servant said he had met his obligation. The court went with the wishes of Johnson, because he said the man was his property.

        Most whites were poor, when they came to the colonies. Johnson and his family had brought several relatives and friends pooled their land together. At the time of the Civil War, Johnson’s relatives were the largest slave owners in Virginia. Only 4% of whites in the colonies owned slaves, but around 24% of free blacks owned slaves, at the time of the Civil War. Supposedly many of them treated their slaves worse that whites. The largest slave owners in Georgia, at the time of the Civil War were two free black sisters. The slaves that were treated the worst in this country, were the Irish. Many of their women were brought here, just to breed with men from this country. They were treated like animals. Liberal historians have tried to leave that out of history books. They didn’t want it to get out that whites could be treated worse than black slaves.

        As far as taking down Confederate General statues are concerned; Lee and his family had no slaves. Grant’s family did own slaves. Also a law was passed over sixty years ago, that gave full American soldier status to every Confederate that was killed. They’re no different than any other fallen soldier. Lee was given back his US citizenship about 30 years ago.

      • What a true history, many of the real facts have been changed to suit the needs of the race-baiters and the haters of Southern history who have no idea of what the truth is. My ancestors fought in the Civil War, NOT about slavery, but about state/-Northern Control of our southern states and taxes. My ancestors DID not ever own any slaves, so you uninformed, uneducated folks stop stating lies.

    • The civil war was not about slavery. It was about states rights. Slavery in the south was basically over in the south by the civil war. After the civil war carpetbaggers(Democrats) came south to convince blacks they should move into cities where they could be taken of by the government. See how well that worked. The confederate generals felt it was their duty to fight for their states. Read Robert E. Lee’s papers. All statues, plaques etc. where ever they are are national assets and should be protected for revisionists who want it to be erased. Those who don’t study History are bound to repeat it.

    • How about if those who want all symbols of our country removed, just remove themselves. That way they do not have to look at our flag, our historical flags, our historical statures and monuments. Problem solved.

    • Do I agree with Mike? Hell yes!!. The stupidity in Crapperdick’s thinking has no bounds. The 13 stars in that flag represented the number of states at that time. Had there not been a flag with 13 stars there would not be one today with 50.

  2. Colin is so out of touch with reality it is sad. To bash the country that made him a millionaire is truly a sad situation. Take your money and go to another country where you can enjoy life as you like it. No, because you know no other country would put up with your nonsense and hate.

  3. slavery had a good and a bad side.In this it provided food and a roof over your head. that said i did not defend slavery it was a way of life in the whole world. it did provide a longer life than those in the land they came from. but we grew up and came to understand it was not good for a civilized country. it is history for this country no slaves or the owners are now alive and those of us living now do condone slavery and have no responsibility for it. slavery still exists in much of the world but not in our USA. Be very happy you live here

    • Merlin the magician, making slavery sound like not a bad idea. I thought I heard it all from the right wing nuts, but new opinions are spawned all the time. It was difficult for former slaves after the war, much of it was because the Union destroyed many crops during and after the war. The former owners had no loyalty either to helping their former slaves either so sharecropping, a step above slavery started along with Jim Crow laws.

      • Hey! Three Stooges Ooops Gowdys

        You really need to check yourself and your brain farts you’re having. Slavery wasn’t cool, however, you should also be aware that the slaves that came here from Africa were being sold to the white slave traders by African tribesmen who would capture and sell those from other tribes they happened to be warring against. So, what would you call the those blacks who were responsible fro capturing and selling the slaves to the white traders? I don’t think you can even answer that.

  4. Yer Yes!! Mike Rowe is correct. Colin has the right to his opinion but how far would it be proper or fair to carry these scenarios? There has to be a point where these disagreements become obsolete. If my GreatGreat Grandson stole something from me, would it be fair for me to ask my son for it’s a replacement? I think not, Or if a football player carries the ball over the goal does that give him the ownership of the ball? Let’s stop this BS it serves no purpose except a waste of money & court time. Anyone who refuses to just put their hand over their heart during the playing of the National Anthem doesn’t deserve the money he gets for playing a GAME.

  5. Throw this America Hating Racist and the Liberal crowd out of the United States of America! I Stand For The Flag And I Kneel For The Cross!

  6. Mike Rowe is absolutely correct. kaepernick needs to go to a country that currently has slaves, they can be found in Africa, Far East and Middle East. I’d be happy to send you a ticket just to get rid of your stupidity.

  7. Mr. Rowe is correct totally agree,
    Let’s not stop there with erasing history I say lets tear down Martin Luther King Statutes, get rid of MLK Blvd. streets ect

  8. Kaepernick is just unhappy because he thought he was going to be the Golden Boy of football. Instead, he ended up playing the positions of “Left Out” and “Bench Warmer.”)

  9. No one has ever said the lefties and liberals are sane.

    The overwhelming majority of liberals are simple minded beasts. Beasts unable to perform basic functions in the real world, like tying their shoes or wiping their arses. They walk around like zombies.

  10. The U.S. did not invent slavery. It existed long before the U.S. was a country, all over the world. Before Jesus, and before the KKK, and before Hitler. If this ignorant guy studied his history and read more of the news (world wide) he’d know that it is a n awful practice still in a few countries. Sex slaves are a part of that awful behavior. Study your history man, and don’t wipe out just what you don’t like seeing and reading. The Irish (many) came here as indentutured housemaids and that was a form of slavery as well. Wake up man, you have your head in a bucket and are not seeing all of the picture. One of the U.S.’s strongest features is that we have learned by our past mistakes, and continue to grow and get better for all.

  11. 99.9% of all blacks are ‘RACIST’ they hate whites and every thing associated with them. I think Kapperpimp should be deported to the country of his ancestors and see how he likes it there.

  12. Well…it’s hard to blame Kaepernick….all whiny brats cry till they get their way. I blame Nike and anyone else that lets him get his way. The more you let him the more he cries and gets his way the more he cries.

    • I agree with you Sallie. However, what can you do when companies like Nike, and other sports companies that cave to the likes of Kaepernick and his ilk. Be patient, as the likes of him and his kind are a dying breed. Believe in what our great president has said. Let’s “Make America Great Again”. and that means throwing out the “trash” and cleaning up this great nation.

  13. By commenting on anything Kapernick says only gives him more attention. He should be ignored and Nike boycotted until he loses his platform.

  14. Man I’m sorry I ever heard of the clown who quarterbacked for the 49’s. I’m not going to say his name because that’s exactly what he’s getting his kicks from. He’s a damn crybaby. He started this mess with his disrespect for our flag and our National Anthem. Jumping on the hate bandwagon of such racist platforms such as black lives matter, hands up don’t shoot, me too, etc. etc. If you want to have him go away, stop posting his name. Stop bringing him up. The sneaker company that hired the has been, stop mentioning the name, stop purchasing the crap they sell. Nothing hurts a company more than losing revenue. We’re smarter than the idiots we’ve been complaining about right? We’re Americans, patriots! We stand for our country and those who protect it. Oh and yes I do agree with old Mike Rowe. He’s a good egg.

  15. Completely agree with Rowe many things were around during slavery days including roads electric lights candles people does that mean they are all racist? What a dumb statement for removing slavery days objects.

  16. This, folks, is one reason this nation is on the ropes in dire straits. Everything here is based on a big lie. Kapernick said the reason he had an issue was because alt-right, white supremist groups have adopted that flag as a symbol. There was no other reason. Why are you people so gullible and willfully ignorant… consistently and constantly. Are you afraid of truth?

    • Scott27, You are dead wrong. White alt right supremacists have flags as their symbols , but it is not the Betsy Ross Flag. Go look at the SPLC (Southern Poverty Law Center) web site that shows every flag that white supremacists use, depending on the group. The Betsy Ross flag is not among them. It is my hope that one of these days, people like YOU and Kaepernick will use some common sense and do your research, that is if you know how. But that doesn’t seem to be the way in which so called liberals or radical leftists deal with anything. Get your facts straight before you express yourself and run the risk of looking totally inept as you have in your post above.
      Here go ahead, have a look, so you can be factual.
      https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/08/12/flags-and-other-symbols-used-far-right-groups-charlottesville

  17. Mike Rowe is Correct, but anything this Bench Warmer non player who thought he was Great but became the person to warm everyone else’s seat for them got pissed, and now by talking about him he gets what he wants, Just Boycott Nike and be done with it, I have and even sold my Stock in Nike.

  18. I believe all professional sports should be dissolved. Let these overgrown kids get out in the real world and work for a living. Everyone wants to make idols put of them and hang on their every word. If all pro sports ended we would still go on with our lives. Lose the oilfield and everything shuts down. Lose our farmers and we all get hungry yet these two professions work harder than any of these sports players for a hell of a lot less pay. People please read the book The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire. The US is following it to a T. Wale up America before it’s too late.

    • Very well said Jimmie. I agree wholeheartedly about abolishing organized professional sports. I haven’t watched a sports event on TV since I was a kid and I’m 70 now. Professional sports is a waste of time and doesn’t give our young kids a good example of how to live or what to aspire for in life other than sex, drugs and booze. These players would be lost in world where they actually had to WORK for a living. I’d like to see any of them put in a hard day on the Farm. I can remember clearing alfalfa fields of wild mustard by hand carrying a bushel basket with me in the fields and I got a whopping 15 cents a bushel for my hard work. Why I sometimes made a whopping $1.50 a day of pulling out wild mustard. I wonder how many of them could put that kind of day. I’m talking an average 12 hour day during peak season. Aaah, the good old days!

    • Jimmie,
      I use that statement nearly every day arguing with millennials and gen x folks. They, just like the Romans think this is it. This is just the start of the greatest civilization ever. So did every great empire in history. If we don’t wake up soon it’ll be just another little blip in history. I’m old enough now that I may not see the collapse? However, my children and grandchildren certainly might. I pray for change often. We need those who think the wisdom they shout, from the platforms that others pay for, to stop and think for a minute…” in 50 years how important is this going to be? “ , what sneakers I like, what I think about this candidate? , etc. lol

  19. Was American slavery the ONLY abomination in World History!!????? Ask a black and it is,They think they have a monopoly on hardtimes,Struggle and suffering.Bring up ANY subject and it Some how comes back to Slavery.Cant say ANYTHING about America without the abuse of blacks ruining it.Now they*re getting Even,They*ve been Destroying our country for the past 55 years.

  20. It is a damn shame that everything today has to be based on political BS. I will never by another pair of Nike’s. This was a true American company based on American values. Not any more. The Liberal heads at Nike have taken over an American dream company and turned it into political BS. There is no need for any business to ever get into politics. when this happens only bad things happen. Nike needs to rethink their policies. When they see their bottom line drop and wonder why, they can think back as to why it happened. Good luck with future sales at Nike because your corporate game and policies are going south.

  21. Beyond nationalistic fervor, what are the ideals the flag itself represents? Freedom of speech (which includes the freedom to burn the flag), freedom of the press, freedom of religion. I once asked Fouad (the half-Russian and half-Indonesian study partner of my friend Chris when Chris and I were roommates in college), about his impressions of America, as Fouad and his family defected from the former Soviet Union in 1979 while Fouad was still in high school.

    Fouad spoke glowingly about the wealth and standard of living in the United States, and not a word about the ideals and political freedoms upon which this country was founded: freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, etc.

    “America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense… human rights invented America.” — Jimmy Carter

    “I saw courage both in the Vietnam War and in the struggle to stop it. I learned that patriotism includes protest, not just military service.” — John Kerry

    Volitaire once said, “I might not like what you say, but I will defend your right to say it…”

    I’m a Hindu, not a Muslim, and of East Indian descent, but because of my complexion, I’ve been mistaken for being Lebanese, Iranian, Samoan — everything but East Indian.

    This was especially trying during 1979 – 81, when the Iranian hostage crisis was taking place. My brother and I were often mistaken for being Iranian, and had to face the anti-Iranian sentiments which were widespread among the American people at the time.

    The irony, of course, is that we had a secular education in the American public school system. My mom even commented at the time that Khomeini was taking Iran into the Middle Ages by mixing religion and politics.

    A few years later, in 1983, myself and a few friends whom I’d known since high school went from San Diego to Los Angeles, to visit my friend Greg at UCLA.

    We spent the weekend at Greg’s place in UCLA, and the subject of prejudice on the part of Americans came up as we talked politics.

    Greg took my side first, by bringing up the kind of hostility anyone even perceived to be “Iranian” was forced to endure during the hostage crisis.

    A friend of Greg’s at UCLA was sympathetic, but said the Iranian students protesting in this country were indirectly “asking for” trouble and were the ones who “provoked” the kind of response they received, by deliberately shouting anti-American slogans, etc.

    He compared it to wearing a swastika in a Jewish neighborhood.

    I could see his point, and although I agree that both flag-burning and Koran-burning have a right to exist under the First Amendment, engaging in these activities is only going to elicit a hostile response.

    If not here, then in other parts of the world!

    During the Cold War, in the McCarthy era, we inadvertently curtailed freedoms in this country in the name of national security. In so doing, we became more like (at least as far as privacy and civil liberties are concerned) the totalitarian states we were supposedly at odds with!

    As Glen Greenwald points out, radical Islam hates us because of our freedoms. Stifling dissent brings this country down to the level of the terrorist states we claim to oppose.

    • You make some great points, however, you are wrong about the first amendment giving the right to bun the flag. burning of the American flag is really a federal offense. Also, it is forbidden to let the flag touch the ground when there is a lowering of the flag in the evening. I was born and raised in the country and served in the military for over 10 years. The American flag not only represents our country, but it also depicts many things about our country. Thirteen stripes represent the original thirteen colonies that declared independence from England; fifty stars symbolize the current 50 United States. White signifies purity and innocence, red signifies valor and bravery; and blue signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice. The flag has been used to display our nationalism, as well as our rebellion, and everything else in between. The flag is so important that its history tells the story of America itself. It represents the freedom, dignity, and true meaning of being an American. These are the IDEALS of the flag that waves proudly in front of my home every day of the year. Do you display it in front of your home?

  22. I’m not a Christian, nor a member of any of the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), nor the Baha’i faith.

    I had a secular upbringing.

    My friend Greg , a gay Catholic, influenced by his older sister Claire, a born again Christian, used to preach to me in high school about the second coming of Jesus and the Rapture, and he first got me interested in religion and politics.

    As high school seniors, when I decided I felt uncomfortable going along with the Pledge of Allegiance every morning, Greg would say lightheartedly, “Salute the flag, commie!”

    I commented to Greg that nationalistic sayings like “God Bless America” exclude everyone else on the planet! It’s like saying, “God bless white people.”

    Does God love only some and not others?

    When I told Greg on one occasion that I would salute a United Nations flag, as more inclusive, Greg pointed out that not all nations on earth belong to the United Nations.

    “One Planet, One People… Please!” reads a Baha’i bumper sticker.

    Upon graduating from high school in 1981, however, I was slightly irked when one of the speakers referred to “Jesus Christ” during our graduation ceremonies.

    Greg understood my feelings in this regard (remember “do unto others…”?) , but said that as a Christian, he was glad the reference to Jesus was included.

    In 2002, however, in the Newdow case, when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, Greg and I both agreed the ruling, based on church-state separation, was correct!

    Senator Tom Daschle (D- South Dakota) called the decision “nuts”, and all the members of Congress made a public display of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with the words “under God” in protest.

    “Those hypocrites!” exclaimed Rose Evans, a pro-life Episcopalian, and editor and publisher of Harmony: Voices for a Just Future, a “consistent-ethic” periodical on the religious left.

    Rose accepted written submissions from people of all faiths and those of no faith for her periodical, including atheists like Nat Hentoff and Jen Roth, Hindu spiritual masters like Eknath Eswaran and Buddhist spiritual masters like Thich Nat Hanh and the Dalai Lama.

    Rose felt Congress should address serious concerns.

    • You should have listened friend Greg. while he was joking with you about being a “commie”, your comment that it was not “all inclusive” of those on the planet was way off base. Saluting the flag is a sign of respect for being a citizen of this great country which you obviously didn’t think about or had no pride in being. I am married to a Russian woman and have been to Russia on many occasions and watched in awe and wonder as Russians showed their respect to not only their flag but their country as well. Don’t go to a foreign country and disparage their country or flag. At the very least you would get run out of the country and even possibly jailed over it. I have been to over 15 different countries and have seen the pride that those nationals have in their countries and flags. It is no different here.

    • Vasu…You are not a Christian, yet you proceed to quote the Bible, having no concept at all of what its meaning is or what it teaches.

  23. Treason is a badge of honor for the Godless NAZI Commie liberal Racist Muslim Demoncrat Party & RINOs! The party of hate, hypocrisy, lies, deception,Fake News(Russian Collusion & Jussie M hoax)the list is endless!And the clueless minions that follow them!

  24. Mike Rowe is right on!! I will never buy another item from Nike again. Hope they go bankrupt!

    I read all the comments and I loved them! What was the Nike thinking??

    God bless America. Land of the free and home of the brave.

  25. That is part of American history people learn by studying history not by destroying history and studying you look for its flaws can you correct them in the future so you don’t have those flaws any longer what does that mean destroy your history destroy your past because it doing so you destroy your individuality and that is too great of a loss for America to lose every citizens individuality this man should be ashamed of himself for even suggesting such a racist statement from the flag That represents the country for main one that ended slavery one that brought prosperity to all of its people and freedom to all of its citizens bedspreads still to this day those freedoms around the globe he should be thrown out of sports thrown out of politics thrown out of the country he is acting as an anti-American not an American representative I think it should be the end of his term to represent anything what a waste of a life that man has created for himself and a tarnished legacy for him and his family because nowThey are a national disgrace what a shame shame on you shame on the Democrat party that supports this shame on the communist built Nike products shame on Nike I hope everybody stops by Nike and starts burning Nike by Adidas or some other brand Nike off of all of our American sports gear it does not represent our nation any longer and should not be part of our current history for our future history

    • Some of our founding fathers did have slaves and all were treated well. But it is the dems who fought and died for their right to own other human beings. And it is the dems who created and have been proud leaders of the KKK and it is the dems who voted against civil rights.

  26. Wholeheartedly. Krappernick won’t shut up though. He’s and his ilk are typical whiners who’s played a game and wealthy because of it and he wants to denigrate those who work hard for a living and say they need reparations like they’re the only people in history who had a hard life in our history. These children need to read Robert Johnson’s (founder of BET) opinion on the subject and grow up..

  27. I could see Kaepernack with an AK47 and an ISIS flag for a dew rag…Donkey of a man fooled by his own devices especially his false religion of peace…

    On another note I just bought some Betsy Ross T-shirts last week can’t wait to wear them!

    God bless America!!!

  28. soros sure knows how to get his job done by picking the most uneducated stupid people like KAPERDINK to stir up trouble…only in America can this pile of pooh make millions…and now soros picked the female version in sports. the lame soccer player (which is all the she knows how to do) paying her lots of money to get in front of a mic and act like a fool. no one cares about these idiots – we just want all communists deported.

  29. If Kepernick would engage his brain before running his traitorous mouth, maybe he wouldn’t come across as the asshole he has proven to be. A washed up football player looking for any recognition Evan muster. And as for NIKE, I will go for Adadias

  30. Of course Rowe is right on target, but why even waste your time in dealing with these America-hating fools. They seek nothing more than notoriety and being looked at as an icon or even hero to the uninformed.

  31. WAY TO GO MIKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SO GLAD THERE ARE SOME CELEBRITIES LIKE YOU WHO HAVE A FUNCTIONAL MIND OF THEIR OWN.

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

  32. Betsy Ross was a Quaker and beleved in abolition of slavery. There is NO WAY her flag could be considered racist, except from uneducated demoncrats and self-important fools like Kaepernick.

  33. I agree. Kaepernick puts on his uniform to play a game, not defend our freedoms. No other country in the world can you make millions of dollars to play a game. I would rather pay our soldiers millions to put on their uniforms to defend our freedoms, then to pay for a ticket to watch people like un-American football players play a game for our entertainment.

  34. Mike Rowe is one of my heroes. He’s courageous, hard working, and extremely intelligent. He’s one guy I wouldn’t mind having to my house for coffee or beer or sandwiches. As far as Kasper Neck and Nookie go, they can keep their crap and I’ll buy elsewhere.

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