The radical left, their ridiculous lies, and why they believe them
This is true for every issue. Take same-sex marriage. Redefining marriage to include two people of the same sex was the most radical change in the history of the family -- far more radical than, say, banning polygamy. Yet, I have never read or heard a person who favored same-sex marriage acknowledge that this was a radical change, not to mention divisive. On the contrary, people on the left believe that all those who wanted to retain the only definition of marriage any society has ever had -- the union between the two sexes -- are divisive and extremist.
Likewise, in the eyes of the left -- the media, academia and the Democratic Party -- it is not professional athletes who have refused to stand for the national anthem who are divisive; it is the president and all others who condemn the players for doing so.
Was the president's rhetoric over the top? I believe some of it was -- specifically, calling the players "sons of b------." No politician, let alone the president of the United States, should use expletives publicly.
But if the president had sharply rebuked the players and the NFL using soaring rhetoric, the left would have similarly accused him of being divisive.
Imagine the president had begun his comments by saying something along these lines:
"To see professional athletes publicly dishonor the flag for which hundreds of thousands of Americans have died, the flag that millions of Americans have seen drape the coffin of their child, their spouse, their sibling, their parent, or other loved one is as morally repulsive as it un-American. Of course, these players have the right of free speech -- and so do I, and that is precisely the right I am exercising now."
Had he spoken that way, would the left not have characterized him as divisive?
There is a second reason the left portrays the president, not the players, as divisive. They agree with the players that the flag represents a systemically and socially racist country. How could they not? The left is the primary reason many Americans believe that America, the least racist multiracial country in history, is a racist country.
A third reason the left calls the president, not the players, "divisive" is that the left will say anything about those with whom it differs. The left sees language as a tool -- not with which to express truth but with which to defeat its enemies. From Stalin calling Trotsky a fascist to the American media calling Trump and his supporters "Nazis" and "white supremacists," lying about one's political enemies is as part of leftism as hydrogen and oxygen are of water.
And why have non-leftist NFL coaches and owners also called the president "divisive?" Because they if they told the truth -- that the players are the divisive party here -- they would have no team.
So, then, if you agree with the players, say so. But have the honesty to acknowledge that it is they -- the first players in American sports history to refuse to stand during the national anthem -- that are the divisive ones. Honesty feels almost as good as fighting conservatives. Try it.
Dennis Prager's latest book, "The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code," was published by Regnery. He is a nationally syndicated radio show host and creator of PragerUniversity.com.Copyright 2017 Creators Syndicate Inc.