Minnesota’s “teacher of the year,” Kelly Holstine, decided to kneel while the American national anthem was sung at the college football national championship game in New Orleans recently when she heard that President Trump was going to be on the field with her. Holstine was so proud of her act that she tweeted out a photo of her protest for all to see. The esteemed educator tweeted: “Given platform to stand up for marginalized and oppressed people. Like many before, I respectfully kneeled during Nat’l Anthem because, ‘No one is free until we are all free.’ Not everybody is given the opportunity to have a voice, and I can take a small moment, a respectful moment of protest, and exercise my First Amendment rights, and stand up for my students and for vulnerable adults and for people who are not treated in the way that they should be.”
Oh, the inanity. Where to start? She “stands up” for marginalized and oppressed people by taking a knee? A person can’t “respectfully” disrespect the anthem and the flag…and all those who sacrificed and died for what they stand for. “No one is free until we are all free?” We are all free in this country, Holstine, but that is a maudlin maxim no matter where one resides. That is like saying, “No one is free from herpes/diaper rash/fill-in-the-blank until we are all free from herpes/diaper rash/fill-in-the-blank.” The virtue-signaling instructor may exercise her precious First Amendment rights by trashing Trump, but one wonders whether she would welcome a Trump supporter or conservative into her classroom, school-- or even community—to speak. If Holstine kneels during The Star-Spangled Banner to stand up for “people who are not treated in the way that they should be,” she should be doing so for the protesters in Hong Kong courageously fighting Chinese oppression…and those in the streets of Iran condemning the Mullahs for shooting down a passenger plane, killing 176 innocent human beings. Or for the girls and women of Muslim nations who are the victims of genital mutilation and/or can’t travel without a male relative chaperoning them. Oddly enough, however, I doubt she would proudly kneel during the national anthems of China, Iran, or any Middle Eastern or North African nation, if given the “platform” or “opportunity.”
If she is strictly concerned with injustice in the United States, perhaps she could kneel for Ben Shapiro, Dennis Prager, Michelle Malkin, Andy Ngo, or any of a myriad of other conservatives who have been routinely prevented from speaking on college campuses and who have been subjected to the most vile and unwarranted slurs and threats. Or for Sarah Sanders, Tomi Lahren and others who have been forced to leave restaurants and other public places due to the aggressive intolerance of “progressive” thugs. Or for Mark Steyn, who was sued by Michael Mann, the Penn State climatologist and creator of the breathtakingly bogus “hockey stick graph,” for mocking Mann’s preposterously ridiculous chart, a suit that has been ongoing for the better part of a decade. Or, for that matter, me. I’m continuously exposed to leftist lunacy, transgender tripe, historical heresy and anti-Christian crusading, via the mainstream media and/or the government-academia complex. And, I was once the victim of slow and discourteous service at my local DMV.
Ms. Holstine, the next time you’re tempted to take a knee to stand up for someone who’s been mistreated, I hope it’s in front of a cross.
The only thing you’ve taught us is that (your) ignorance isn’t bliss.