This is supposed to be the time of the year when we celebrate our nation’s Independence. You would think that this week, this truly sacred moment for America, would pass by with no controversy. Well, think again.

As a matter of fact, July 3rd is the day when General George Washington took command of the Continental Army outside of Boston. And, it was General George Washington who would later give us this impeccable quote:

“We are either a United people, or we are not. If the former, let us, in all matters of general concern act as a nation, which have national objects to promote, and a national character to support. If we are not, let us no longer act a farce by pretending to it.”

I am of the belief that we all need to spend some time meditating on that quote from one of the greatest Americans ever.

As reported by Fox59:

“Nike is canceling a sneaker that featured a version of the American flag from the late 18th century. 

“Nike has chosen not to release the Air Max 1 Quick Strike Fourth of July as it featured an old version of the American flag,” Nike said in a statement to CNN Business.

“The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that the athletic-wear company delivered the sneakers to retailers, but asked stores to return them to Nike after the company received a complaint from former NFL star Colin Kaepernick. The Journal indicated Kaepernick said he and others found the shoe offensive. Kaepernick could not be reached for comment Monday evening.

“The shoe was set to be released Monday for $140, according to The website included photos of a shoe that featured a version of the American flag with 13 stars organized in a circle and 13 stripes. That version of the flag, according to the Smithsonian, was used in the United States from 1777 to 1795.”

So, let me get this right: the opinion of Colin Kaepernick, during the week of our 243rd independence day, is more important than recognizing one of our national objects, our original Betsy Ross flag? This is the flag that represented the cause for which this nation was established, for which men fought and gave their lives. That flag represents our nascent independence which gave way to a platform by which he can offer such disrespect. If Kaepernick is offended by the Betsy Ross flag, he does not have to buy these shoes. This is the pure definition of fascism, thus, Nike appears to support fascism.

As for Nike, it seems that the Oregon-based company, home of the violent Antifa thugs who beat Constitutional Conservatives, are willing to disrespect our nation, during the week we celebrate our independence.

I do not wear Nike shoes, I run in Asics. But, we all have an important decision to make: shall we support these companies that disrespect our nation? Shall we continue down the path of allowing these elitists to take these actions with impunity because they fear no consequence? How many sports teams don the Nike symbol? Are we to believe that these teams also support fascism, and are anti-American, which is what this position of Kaepernick and Nike indicates?

Let us ask ourselves: what exactly has Colin Kaepernick done that would stand up to the achievements of General George Washington or, heck, even Betsy Ross? Will there ever be a day when our history books record Colin Kaepernick as an American patriot, a hero for liberty, freedom, and individual rights? Oops, I forgot, those men who carried the Betsy Ross flag into battle thus to allow Kaepernick to enjoy the liberties and freedoms to be a jerk, to disparage and denigrate their memory. It is time we stop elevating these athletes, and others, into positions where they believe they can dictate to us, and undermine the honor, integrity, and character of our nation.

Is America perfect? No, but our Constitution tells us that we strive to be a “more perfect Union.” Consider this: if someone like Colin Kaepernick existed 244 years ago, would Betsy Ross have even made her flag with those 13 Stars?

As a former soldier and member of Congress, and as an American, I can attest and declare to y’all this day, I shall never wear anything made by Nike . . . and have no problem telling others exactly why. In my opinion, wearing the Nike brand is just as despicable, synonymous, with wearing a Che Guevara t-shirt, which, I bet, Bill de Blasio does.

If the Betsy Ross Flag is offensive to Nike, then Nike has become offensive to me.

This column was originally published at The Old School Patriot.

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