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Betsy Ross' Hong Kong

Greg Crosby

By Greg Crosby

Published August 16, 2019

It seems like years ago now but it was only a few weeks ago, last July 4th, when Nike decided to cancel a sneaker that featured the Betsy Ross version of the American flag on it because it offended Colin "Take a Knee" Kaepernick who claimed the flag represents slavery and white privilege.

Nike listened to this jerk because they pay him millions of dollars a year as their spokesman.

As you remember Kaepernick, at best a so-so football player, gained widespread attention in 2016 by refusing to stand for the national anthem in protest to supposed police brutality against blacks.

Since then other America-hating athletes, including members of the US women's soccer team have followed suit. (I wonder why it is that so many Americans who have had great success in America hate America? But that's a question for another time.)

Contrast that with what has been going on recently on the other side of the world with protesters in Hong Kong.

It began as a protest against a bill introduced in February which would allow Hong Kong citizens who are accused of crimes against communist China to be extradited to the mainland and held for trial there.

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets and eventually the bill was suspended. But since then Hong Kong citizens have demanded more political and democratic reforms and thousands of protesters continue to demonstrate.

The citizens want freedom and democracy.

With tensions rising, there is a real fear that all this could escalate to another Tiananmen Square style situation. Chinese media has warned of potential terrorism rising in the country and even accused the US of supporting the riots. Why? Because the pro-democracy supporters in the streets have been seen waving the American flag, the ultimate symbol of freedom.

There is one video in particular that shows Hong Kong protesters holding a line of American flags as one of them begins to sing the "Star Spangled Banner," the American national anthem --- that very same national anthem that Colin Kaepernick and his fellow America-haters refuse to sing or stand for.

Hong Kong isn't the first place in the world where people yearning to be free have waved our flag as a symbol for liberty, democracy and freedom. The Stars and Stripes has represented freedom for over two centuries. No other country on earth has given people more liberty and more opportunity for a happy, successful life than the United States of America.

The "American Dream" is very much alive in the hearts of those men and women who live under communism, tyranny, and dictatorships.

That's why they wave our flag and sing our songs. Ask anyone who has lived under the boot of communism what they think of when they see the American Flag. It isn't white supremacy I guarantee you.

While gutless anything-for-a-profit companies like Nike cancel production on Betsy Ross flag sneakers out of fear that a leftist hypocritical millionaire athlete might take offense, the people in the streets of Hong Kong would love to wear those shoes.

It would be the best publicity Nike could ever have if they shipped over thousands of those shoes to the protesters in Hong Kong, people who would really appreciate them and what they stand for. But they won't. It's too late for Nike.

They're already in bed with the left. As I watched the YouTube video of those brave young Chinese protesters waving our flag and singing our national anthem I got choked up.

I think Betsy Ross would have been proud.

But my emotions were mixed.

While I feel extremely lucky to be living in a country that inspires so many on earth with the desire to be free, I'm saddened to think that so many of my fellow Americans who do have that opportunity are foolish, self-absorbed ingrates.

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. He's been a JWR contributor since 1999.

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