How long will it be until liberals seek to ban baseball, apple pies and Chevrolet? Something that nearly all of America sees as a patriotic display of national pride came under attack over the weekend by a mainstream media member (what a shocker.) What has the writer’s ire up? The sight of the U.S. flag and military fly-overs before sporting events.From Gateway Pundit; “Lead baseball writer for NBC Sports, Craig Calcaterra, tweeted out this attack on the U.S. flag on Easter morning.
“Will you keep politics out of sports, please. We like sports to be politics-free”
Democrats are so full of hate today that the American flag and military men and women in uniform are too “political” for them.Calcaterra followed up the tweet with this jewel:
“Maybe a flag, in and of itself isn’t always political. A two-acre flag with a military flyover is saying something very specific, however.”
@DiamondStarsGM Maybe a flag, in and of itself isn't always political. A two-acre flag with a military flyover is saying something very specific, however.
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) April 16, 2017
Remarkable. Yes it is saying something very specific. It’s saying we love our country. When did that become “political?”
Calcaterra’s post set off a predictable firestorm on his Twitter feed as Americans everywhere stepped in to let him know they found his position unnecessary and offensive. Rather than issue a simple apology, Calcaterra chose to dig in his heels, double-down on his America-hate and of course take jabs at “the right wing media:”
Hi. This post set off the entire right wing media and caused a thousand people to tell me to move to North Korea. https://t.co/cMHkFVmKXK— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) April 17, 2017
Right, because it’s all the right wing media’s fault. The problem is the messenger, not the message?
Update, the flag is no longer a symbol of America. It is specifically for the military. Only. The more you know. https://t.co/74shRvPNHU
— Craig Calcaterra (@craigcalcaterra) April 17, 2017
Of course, once the backlash started, Calcaterra started backtracking. He posted this commentary about the hoopla saying “I tweeted out a little joke, poking at those who claim that sports and politics never go together. I did so by sarcastically adopting the voice of one of the many “stick to sports” people we’ve mocked around here many, many times.”
Oh, riiiiight. He was kidding all along! Of COURSE!
“Initially most of my followers and people who saw it realized I was trolling the “stick to sports” people and nodding to the many things I’ve written over the years about the often political nature of patriotic displays.
So I am less bothered by the crap than I am by the literally hundreds of people who, while not wishing cancer upon me, simply responded by telling me that, no, it is impossible for the flag or for a patriotic display to be political. That such things are, always, inherently neutral and benign and simply symbolize one’s love of America, nothing more, nothing less.
Whatever these people think of me, this sentiment is unadulterated nonsense.
As mentioned above, patriotism and flag-waving are a huge part of political strategy and always have been. There are entire ideologies based on it.”
Dude seriously, you should have quit while you were ahead.
Here’s an idea – if you’re so worried about sinister displays of love for one’s country, stop writing about baseball, America’s game. Maybe choose a profession like coal-mining. A “two-acre” flag won’t fit in a mine shaft so you’ll have little concerns about being offended by the sight of one. Everyone’s happy. We’ll go to the game and adore our flag, you’ll get the shaft.
[Note: This article was written by Derrick Wilburn]