Senator Ted Cruz is not necessarily known for his demure demeanor. In fact, he’s been likened on several occasions to a legislative bulldog whose clenched jaws belie his grit and determination on many of the moral issues facing our country.
Cruz has been a crusader for patriotism and faith, separately, and has done so with an eloquent gusto often harkening back to the olden days of politicking. He remains calm, at least in the face and the tone, while lambasting his opponents and their positions with prose, wit, and wile.
Now he has a new target – the sports-apparel manufacturer Nike, who recently caved into criticism from sponsored athlete Colin Kaepernick over a show depicting the Betsy Ross US flag. Kaepernick claimed the shoe was “racist” because the flag, designed in the 18th century, was created during a period of slavery.
Cruz is calling Colin to the carpet over this one, and pushing a boycott against the sneaker giant in the process.
“I love America. I stand for the anthem, respect the flag & honor the men & women who fought to defend our Nation. I respect Free Speech & I’m exerting mine,” Cruz tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
“[U]ntil @Nike ends its contempt for those values I WILL NO LONGER PURCHASE NIKE PRODUCTS. #WalkAwayFromNike RT if you agree,” he added.
In another tweet, Cruz wrote: “It’s a good thing @Nike only wants to sell sneakers to people who hate the American flag…. @NFL #HappyFourth.”
The Wall Street Journal reports although the shoes in question, the Air Max 1 USA, are already manufactured and ready to ship, Nike abruptly decided to dump the product after one of Nike’s commercial spokes-babies, failed quarterbackg Colin Kaepernick, whined that the 13 star flag created by Betsy Ross at the request of George Washington, is connected to the slave era.
The absurdity of the argument against the shoes should be apparent to any logical observer.
The idea that anything created during a period of slavery should be considered uncouth would have us demolishing the pyramids and the parthenon, as well as entire millennia of history of the human race.
Slavery is inherently evil, but shying away from the reality of that historical situation is no better than planting your head in the sand.
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