Jack EngelhardJack Engelhard’s classic international bestselling novel Indecent Proposal, which later became a worldwide hit movie, has been republished to meet readers’ demands. His other major works include Compulsive: A Novel, his award-winning post-Holocaust Montreal memoir Escape from Mount Moriah, plus Slot Attendant: A Novel About A Novelist. His website: www.jackengelhard.com
On our first Football Sunday of the season America gathered together at the stadium or in front of the TV as one big happy family to root for the home team.
Well not quite, as to one big happy family. Several players sat or took a knee at the playing of our national anthem in a show of disrespect for the flag.
This is becoming a trend.
Individuals with a chip on their shoulders have decided to join the Black Lives Matter Movement to make a Statement against the police and against everything else that is not quite one hundred percent perfect – even as the facts and the stats prove that there is no such thing as police brutality
Several players sat or took a knee at the playing of our national anthem in a show of disrespect for the flag.
except for maybe one percent, if that much.
But never mind. We are supposed to believe that these players are justified in sharing their sour grapes with the rest of us.
Oh those poor misunderstood millionaire brats!
Trump nails it with – “Let them try it in another country. Let’s see if they make $20 million a year.”
On brutality and look who’s talking, more than a few of these NFL all-stars are famous for battering their wives and girlfriends.
As for this fan, who just wants to watch the damn game, I’ve got my own troubles. I do not need some overpaid athlete imposing his personal discontent onto me and onto the rest of the nation. We get it that you are miserable, but in most cases it’s got nothing to do with the country. It’s about you and your own sorry lives.
In plenty of cases it’s something else that’s bothering these guys, something personal.
What hurts? Possibly a rotten upbringing, or a marriage gone bad for which, by turning a domestic beef into a Movement like BLM they claim attention must be paid on a universal scale. Otherwise we would not give them a second thought. They know how to play the game and now we are not talking football.
The same deal operates for so many who take part in the BDS Movement. More sorry lives, people who have no friends, people who can’t make it, people who fail at everything, can’t keep up, but find friendship and a Cause by linking arms at hating Israel for no reason except to be a member of something BIG, however slimy the confederacy of it all.
More than a few of these NFL all-stars are famous for battering their wives and girlfriends.
Here’s your chance to Express yourself aside from personal issues that nobody else gives a hoot about.
In years past we used to call such losers juvenile delinquents. We gave them no grand motives. We called them punks.
Of the disgruntled -- youth disenchanted because Mom and Dad were too square -- the movies tried to Understand them. So we were given “Blackboard Jungle” and “Rebel Without A Cause” and “The Wild One.” But they were still punks. There was no latitude extended for such posturing. We understood that these were kids (of all ages) with troubles at home.
They were rebelling against their parents, not the country, so we let them have their black leather jackets until they grew up and came to their senses.
Most did. Not so today. Nobody grows up. Today’s juvenile delinquents demand respect and multi-million dollar contracts. They demand to be heard.
The girl in “The Wild One” asks Brando, who as Johnny heads a motorcycle gang that just invaded a town, “Hey, Johnny, what are you rebelling against?”
He says with a snarl: “What do you got?”
Same answer today and a punk is still a punk.
New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes a regular column for Arutz Sheva. New from the novelist: “News Anchor Sweetheart,” a novelist’s version of Fox News and Megyn Kelly. Engelhard is the author of the international bestseller “Indecent Proposal.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: www.jackengelhard.com