Last week, Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem because his girlfriend had convinced him that the United States of America is unfair to blacks and he needed to bring that to our attention. He is 1/2 black and was raised by an adopted white family. Perhaps he felt he needed to polish his black credentials.
Immediately, talk radio, sports TV, and the internet was full of outraged opinions. While those opinions may still reverberate in the memes passed around, Kaepernick and the NFL will go right on raking in the big bucks, because all the summer soldiers and sunshine patriots will just keep supporting them.
The British Parliament passed the Currency Act and the Stamp Act in 1764. By 1765 the colonists in America began boycotting British goods. Parliament repealed the laws. Then In 1774, the British passed the “Intolerable Acts”. The Sons of Liberty, again, began pushing for a boycott of British goods. Now, though, many merchants were unwilling to participate and lose more of their revenue. The ensuing colonial discussion during 1775 turned into more than a boycott, it became a war of independence, and everyone began to be a little more focused on the issues at hand.
The Declaration of Independence states: “all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” So summer soldiers and sunshine patriots will continue to pass around their memes and talk bad about the NFL and Colin Kaepernick. And they will continue to wear the jerseys of their favorite teams and gather around their big screens every week for the games they can’t live without.
We are willing to have our culture and traditions shamed, abused, and defiled by insiders and outsiders, as long as we can still have our NFL, our Starbucks, our RAP music, our Hollywood, or anything, it seems, produced by those who hate us and our way of life. Are there any real patriots anymore? Or are we a nation of summer soldiers and sunshine patriots?
Thomas Paine said it best in 1775: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.