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Former ‘Dirty Jobs’ host Mike Rowe logically dismantled Nike and Colin Kaepernick over their rejection of the Betsy Ross American flag in a Facebook post on the Fourth of July.

“I think Nike has the right to decorate their shoes with whatever flag they desire,” wrote Rowe. “I think Kaepernick has the right to offer marketing advice to any company that’ll take it. And I think you and I have the right to purchase whatever brand of tennis shoes we choose.”

Nike was lambasted by many critics after it was reported that they cancelled the sale of a Fourth of July shoe that would bear the first design of the American flag because their marketing spokesman Colin Kaepernick complained.

Rowe said there was nothing “inherently dangerous” with Nike choosing to market their shoes with a left-wing worldview. But he also said that there was a danger with erasing the past.

On the other hand, I think Ronald Reagan was right when he said we’re always one generation away from losing the freedoms we currently enjoy. Along with the siren song of socialism, the persistent promise of “free” stuff, and the breathtaking level of censorship on our college campuses, I worry about the growing belief among many that we can somehow improve our present by erasing our past; by toppling statues, outlawing “problematic” symbols, or rewriting specific pieces of our history in ways that leave us feeling less offended.

Rowe went on to argue that Kaepernick’s rejection of the Betsy Ross flag was “completely void of logic.”

“In other words, we can’t deny Kapernick’s right to speak his mind, but we shouldn’t ignore the flaws in his thinking. He has argued that the Betsy Ross flag is ‘racist,’ because it flew at a time when slavery was legal in America. By that definition, aren’t crosses are also racist? Weren’t they on churches attended by slave-owning congregants? Why not demand their removal?” he asked.

“What about the Bald Eagle?” he continued. “Wasn’t our national bird flying around when slaves were held? Why not protest it as well? What about the Great Seal? E Pluribus Unum? The Liberty Bell? It rang countless times while slavery was still the law of the land. Why not demand its removal? Kaepernick’s argument is unpersuasive, not because it’s unpopular, or unpatriotic.

“It’s unpersuasive because it’s completely void of logic,” Rowe concluded.

He finished off his post with a defense of the use of tanks in President Donald Trump’s Fourth of July demonstration, and a photo of himself holding an American flag.

  • Marc J Rauch says:

    The one undeniable aspect of Krapernick’s entire position is to divert attention away from his being a choke artist, a failed football player, a really shit-y quarterback.

    Of course he’s an idiot; of course he is unaware of history; of course he doesn’t appreciate that hundreds of thousands of white Americans died or were permanently disabled to end slavery. Knowing these things would require an intelligence level of at least a 10 year old. Krapernick is not even equal to a ten year old.

  • Fred Sheehan says:

    Mr. Rowe, If you are looking for logic, you are seeking it from the wrong people and, perhaps, at the wrong time in history. After all, it is not what progressive people think but what they FEEL today. Facts don’t matter.

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  • Boyd says:

    If you really look at the historical story of Betsy Ross, it is doubtful she or her husbands were slave owners. In fact, it is very extremely most UNlikey to be slave owners, or even supporters of slavery. So why is this flag even a problem?? Its just an early version of the US Flag! Why not say Democrats are a representation of slavery? In fact, the Democrat party was not only around during slavery, but they SUPPORTED Slavery, insisted on slavery, tried to bring back slavery, started the KKK, started the Jim Crow laws, and no matter if they did “switch sides” as they *claim*, though not true, they were STILL the Slavery Party of those very same days! Now that IS A FACT worth shoving up the ass of Nike and Kapernick! He wants to avoid all association with slavery? LEAVE THE DEMOCRAT PARTY!

    • Laurie says:

      WORD! So much truth in that one paragraph. Thank you, sir.

    • Joseph says:

      God Bless you Boyd you truly are a rarity today. I have tried to enlighten people for years to use the old history books to gain knowledge as Democrats indeed have re-written our history to make themselves the good guys and those on the right an nonpolitical the bad people. Mr. Rowe is a great patriot who actually has his finger on the pulse of America and it’s good an bad problems. he is a down to earth person with the common sense our politicians of today are devoid of. You too fall into the same mold as Mr. Rowe and I hope you too keep trying to enlighten those out there with limited IQ’s(Democrats).

  • Taterrr says:

    Mike Rowe is a Great actor an Patriot. Him an Tim Allen knock the ball out of the park with each speach. Hard to find that these days In Hollywhack. A great Actor an Patriot I mean. They have that knack to tenderly tell folks there Real God speed to you Mr Rowe an may you have more for WE THE PEOPLE.

  • Auntcon says:

    Well said Mike Rowe. Continue to point out the error of their ways. I for one will not and have not purchased anything Nike. If they care more about a wayward protestor than their buying public, may they go down in flames. I would not contribute to the bottom line of such a company.

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