Kick­ing off more con­tempt for Amer­ica

From sports cloth­iers to the movies, Amer­ica gets a pie in the face

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

What is it with our rul­ing elites? How did they come to have so much dis­dain for Amer­ica? Some re­cent events have yet again brought this un­for­tu­nate sit­u­a­tion to the sur­face.

Let’s start with Nike, the Port­land, Ore­gonbased sports­wear mega­com­pany. It did not be­come a For­tune 100 cor­po­ra­tion by chance or care­less man­age­ment.

De­but­ing as Blue Rib­bon Sports in 1964, the firm un­der Bill Bow­er­man and Phil Knight of­fi­cially adopted the Nike name in 1978 and the fa­mous Swoosh logo in 1971.

The com­pany is named af­ter the Greek winged god­dess of vic­tory. The Swoosh is on ev­ery­thing from un­der­wear to Tiger Woods’ golf­ing visor. From a shoe­string op­er­a­tion, the firm now com­mands more than $36 bil­lion in an­nual sales.

All this to say they knew ex­actly what they were do­ing when they signed Colin Kaeper­nick to a multi-mil­lion con­tract to be the most prom­i­nent face of their “Just Do It” cam­paign.

Mr. Kaeper­nick is por­trayed in a closeup with the slo­gan, “Be­lieve in some­thing. Even if it means sac­ri­fic­ing ev­ery­thing.”

A for­mer quar­ter­back for the San Fran­cisco 49ers, Mr. Kaeper­nick has not been able to land a job in the NFL since tak­ing a knee dur­ing the na­tional an­them in 2016 to show sol­i­dar­ity with #black­lives­mat­ter, which churns out anti-po­lice and other left­ist nar­ra­tives.

Mr. Kaeper­nick’s ex­am­ple led dozens of other play­ers to kneel, prompt­ing a pub­lic re­la­tions cri­sis which has yet to be re­solved as the NFL sea­son gets un­der­way this week.

Team own­ers have been try­ing to fi­nesse the is­sue by giv­ing play­ers the op­tion of stay­ing in the tun­nel or stand­ing on the field while the Star-Span­gled Ban­ner plays. This coy­ness has not been lost on fans, es­pe­cially mil­i­tary veter­ans and their fam­i­lies who have truly “sac­ri­ficed ev­ery­thing” for their coun­try.

In 2016, the player protests dur­ing the an­them were cited as a prime rea­son the NFL suf­fered an 8 per­cent de­cline in TV view­er­ship, fol­lowed by a 10 per­cent de­cline in 2017.

De­spite all this, Nike ex­ec­u­tives still played the Kaeper­nick card. My guess is that they’re gam­bling that this will en­dear them to younger con­sumers who have been mar­i­nated in anti-Amer­i­can cul­tural pro­pa­ganda for years. So what if it caused an im­me­di­ate 3 per­cent drop in Nike’s stock price and com­plaints from in­vestors?

Nike ex­ecs will get high fives from the rul­ing elites in Port­landia and other Left Coast cities like Los An­ge­les.

Speak­ing of La La Land, the pro­duc­ers of the film “First Man,” a biopic of astronaut Neil Arm­strong, are also ap­par­ently choos­ing po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness over com­mer­cial vi­a­bil­ity. On July 20, 1969, the whole world saw the iconic im­age of Mr. Arm­strong and fel­low astronaut Buzz Aldrin planting an Amer­i­can flag on the moon. But view­ers of “First Man” won’t see it, be­cause the film­mak­ers de­lib­er­ately omit­ted it.

As ac­tor Ryan Gosling, who plays Mr. Arm­strong, put it, the his­toric moon land­ing “tran­scended coun­tries and bor­ders” and was “widely re­garded in the end as a hu­man achieve­ment [and] that’s how we chose to view it.”

Is it any won­der that “ev­ery­day Amer­i­cans” get the im­pres­sion that the rul­ing elites who dic­tate cul­ture don’t par­tic­u­larly care for them or Amer­ica?

“Jack Ryan,” the new Tom Clancy-based stream­ing se­ries on Ama­zon Prime star­ring for­mer “Of­fice” star John Krazin­ski, opens with a sym­pa­thetic por­trayal of how two Is­lamic ter­ror­ists got rad­i­cal­ized. Then the writ­ers strip Adm. James Greer, Jack Ryan’s CIA boss, of his mil­i­tary back­ground and give him a Mus­lim iden­tity.

But that’s okay be­cause he is still a pa­tri­otic Amer­i­can fight­ing Mus­lim ex­trem­ism. The rest of the se­ries, which would rate at least an R for vi­o­lence, lan­guage and sex, un­folds as a pro-Amer­i­can thriller. Mr. Krazin­ski, who played an ac­tion role in the po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect 2016 film “13 Hours: The Se­cret Sol­diers of Beng­hazi,” does it again ad­mirably as Jack Ryan.

Which is a prob­lem for Van­ity Fair tele­vi­sion critic So­nia Saraiya, who calls the se­ries “an as­ton­ish­ing case study in toxic nar­ra­tives.” She means that it pits the CIA as the good guys against Mus­lim ter­ror­ists, an on­go­ing strug­gle that the elites want to pre­tend doesn’t re­ally ex­ist ex­cept in big­ots’ imag­i­na­tions. Here’s how she con­cludes her ar­ti­cle:

“Jack Ryan feels like a ma­chine de­signed to turn us all into the sort of view­ers who dis­ap­pear smil­ing down jin­go­is­tic Fox News rab­bit holes. It as­sumes that we — Amer­i­cans, and Amer­ica — are do­ing a good job. Talk about a fan­tasy.”

Pro­gres­sives of­ten in­sist they re­ally, re­ally love Amer­ica. But they of­ten sound like the creeps who beat up their spouses to show how much they care. Robert Knight is con­trib­u­tor to The Wash­ing­ton Times. His lat­est book is “A Strong Con­sti­tu­tion: What Would Amer­ica Look Like If We Fol­lowed the Law?” (djkm.org, 2018).

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