Happy Fourth of July: Nike Nixes American Flag

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Nike's Betsy Ross sneakers (Photo: Nike); inset: Colin Kaepernick (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Nike’s Betsy Ross sneakers (Photo: Nike); inset: Colin Kaepernick (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Happy Fourth of July from Nike, the company that just pulled its Betsy Ross flag-themed sport shoe from distribution after NFL star Colin Kaepernick – famous for kneeling during the national anthem – objected.

It seems patriotism in any form in our age isn’t politically correct. And who gets to decide that, along with all other things deemed culturally acceptable or unacceptable?

Whoever it is, Nike – as well as any other company that steps out of the party line – must submit.

“This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, soundtracks, cartoons, photographs—to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance.” – 1984 by George Orwell

The Fourth of July is a good time to take stock of freedom – how much we have and where it is going. With this in mind, looking at the past year, it appears freedom has taken a back seat to Far Left extremism, which has now reframed itself in all forms of classic doublespeak, the deliberate obfuscation of language used to disguise the truth.

We now live in a world where:

Anti-Semitism is given a free pass in Congress and it’s de rigueur if you want to be part of the Women’s March

Ilhan Omar showed us that being an Islamist gives one a free pass to spout what used to be forbidden speech: anti-Semitism. It can even be done gleefully and using standard, historical canards against Jews.

On the other hand, Women’s March organizer and sharia-apologist Linda Sarsour used her platform at the 2019 rally to roll out the organization’s agenda, which includes support for the anti-Semitic Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) movement against Israel. Leaders of the organization previously came under fire for their blatant anti-Semitism.


Full-term abortion (read: infanticide) is now celebrated as “reproductive health”

After New York state governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that legalizes full-term abortion, he ordered the One World Trade Center and other New York landmarks to be lit up in pink in celebration of the bill which was called the “Reproductive Health Act.” Enough said.


Asking for a three-month pause in immigration from terror-ridden countries is considered “racist”

Billed as a permanent “Muslim Ban” by sharia-activist Linda Sarsour and her leftist enablers, it took President Trump almost one year and taking the idea to the Supreme Court to buy three month’s time for homeland security and immigration agencies to get their acts together – hardly enough time to fix a system that is quite broken.

Concentration Camps are places where “there are camps, and people are being concentrated”

That’s according to Ilhan Omar, who was defending her fellow freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s calling the detention centers holding undocumented immigrants on the southern border “concentration camps,” as if they in any way compare to the camps Nazi Germany used to contain Jews during the Holocaust.

“This is very simple. I don’t know why this is a controversial thing to say,” Omar explained.


Speaking out against anything Islamist is branded Islamophobic

Of course, this is an old tactic, used extensively in 2019 but conceived many years before as explained by Abdur Rahman Mohammed, a former Brotherhood operative present at a Brotherhood meeting where the members decided to use the term “Islamophobia” as a political weapon. “This loathsome term is nothing more than a thought-terminating cliché conceived in the bowels of Muslim think tanks for the purpose of beating down critics,” he later remarked.


And, of course, the Betsy Ross flag (a 1770 design made to represent the 13 original colonies of the U.S.) is an offensive symbol

This is because, according to Kaepernick, of its connection to the era of slavery. Hence, in our day and age, it is deemed a symbol of the white supremacy movement.

Betsy Ross was once a feminist icon, but now the flag is out. In our insane world of intersectionality, slavery trumps women’s rights, and Nike has submitted.

While we celebrate the Fourth of July, we should contemplate the choices that are increasingly before us:

 “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.” – 1984, George Orwell

Will we choose freedom?



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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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