We at TruthRevolt aren't sure why news commentary shows keep asking former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather for his thoughts on the issues of the day, but MSNBC’s Morning Joe did just that on Tuesday. The hosts asked the disgraced Rather his opinion on National Football League players protesting America's supposed systemic racism by kneeling for the national anthem prior to games. Unsurprisingly, he affirmed that dissent was “as American as apple pie.”
As Breitbart reports, Rather said,
“That’s one of the things I wanted to discuss in what unites us. What is patriotism in the second decade of the 21st century? As far as the anthem is concerned, I stand for the national anthem. I put my hand to the heart without apology. It usually leaves me without word. That’s what is inside me. That’s what I feel. However, dissent is as American as a revolutionary war, or as the cliché goes, it’s as American as apple pie.
Well, dissent is only "the highest form of patriotism," as Hillary Clinton called it, when a Republican is in the White House; otherwise the Left considers any opposition to be racist and treasonous.
Rather continued to blather:
"I think it’s very important we listen to one another when it’s peaceful dissent. And while it’s not my way of kneeling, some stand, some kneel, but it’s having respect for those who kneel. But even though you say to yourself as I say to myself, ‘It’s not what I would do, I want to listen to what they have to say.’ Because as I understand what they’re saying, it’s not disrespect for the country. It’s not disrespect certainly for the military. It’s about calling attention to injustice and we’re not a perfect union.”
He added, “The Constitution says ‘in order to create a more perfect union.’ It’s always the North Star is out there. We want a ‘a perfect union.’ Realize we can’t be perfect, but we can keep improving. Important to listen to one another and lower voices. We need an injection of stability with one another. Respect for the other person’s point of view. Doesn’t mean we don’t stand up for our principles.”
That all sounds well and good, but it's the left today that has absolutely no respect for other points of view -- hence the totalitarianism on campus, for example, where conservative speakers are either shunned to begin with or are protested violently.
In any case, the controversy over football players kneeling is not because Americans object to each other's right to dissent, but because the whole notion that America oppresses people of color is demonstrable nonsense, and because football fans are fed up with being force-fed politics by a pack of race-mongering, overpaid athletes and sports announcers.