[July 5, 2019] Army Vet looks at Nike Inc. and that he believes they are circulating the intellectual drain because of a number of poor leadership decisions. The latest is their disgraceful decision to pull a U.S.A.-themed shoe off the market because it might offend someone. Looks like Army Vet is more than offended.
Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid: My friends tell me that I have the patience of Job; you know, the Biblical man who persevered in the face of overwhelming hardships as found in James 5:10-11. What I don’t have the patience for is gross, unrepentant STUPIDITY and then the incessant cowardice not to correct a mistake. John Wayne once said, “Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.” The senior leaders at Nike Inc. are stupid and I mean really stupid. Who in their right mind would make the decision to pull from the market a pair of sneakers off the market because it had a famous – and I will add, honored – Betsy Ross Flag that was created in the 1790s. Symbols are important! For a commercial entity to make a decision to dishonor a flag that represents freedom, well, we are now treading in the Forrest Gump category; stupid is as stupid does.
If you’re offended, get in line: And the line starts over there; you know the one, the line behind the dead veterans killed in war protecting freedom across the world. The other day, I was watching the 1998 movie, “Saving Private Ryan,” the opening battle scene as soldiers storm the beaches of Normandy, and I thought to myself (just out of nowhere it popped into my consciousness) that I didn’t see a single Allied soldier stop and say he was offended by the Germans trying to kill him. Maybe it was the fact that the bullets and shrapnel whizzing by snapped their attention onto something else. I wasn’t offended either in 2011 when Taliban terrorists were attacking my outpost north of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Actually, I respected their audacity and the fact that this was not a major battle but, alas, they had their butt kicked. I’m just not the kind of guy who gets offended. A MESSAGE for Nike, I don’t get offended but I like to shine a light on stupid behavior; I’m highly entertained by it and I’m shining my light your way.
It’s flattering to see people manufacturing new versions of being ‘offended:’ The newest, snowflake generation is quite creative in finding something that hurts their feelings. Maybe that’s why anti-American (and rich, ex-football quarterback) Colin Kaepernick is employed by Nike, Inc. Brothers cut from the same cloth; bosom buddies who think and act like they are the very first person on Earth to discover that humans have flaws and it’s their job to fix it. I LOVE POPCORN and especially love it while watching a great movie. I also enjoy my popcorn when I hear about stupidity at the senior leadership level and how they twist logic to the point that up is down and left is right. George Orwell, I think, would be especially pleased that his work of fiction is coming to life in Nike and Kaepernick. I might also add that whackos in the mainstream media who are coming out of the woodwork to praise the decision by Nike as another move to earn more money. Yep, that will work.
Never apologize; it shows you are weak: John Wayne said that in the 1949 movie, “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon.” Truer, more sage advice has never been given. I don’t apologize for what I do and never will for the simple reason that I go through life with the single purpose of exposing stupidity and that, frankly, is a noble cause. I shook my head when I heard that a Nike, Inc. spokeswoman immediately apologized for ‘possibly offending’ people when they pulled the Betsy Ross flag embossed sneakers. Then they apologized for apologizing. It just doesn’t get better than this. Sure, Nike will make lots more money and I applaud them for it; but just admit that money is the real reason and move on. Here’s some quality advice for Nike; just move on. When your spokeswoman talks, you look that much more stupid. Pass the popcorn