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Admiral Harris Torpedoes Anti-American P.C.

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When America tunes in to tomorrow’s Army-Navy game at M&T Bank Stadium, I guarantee they won’t see players sitting for the national anthem. Because unlike some spoiled football players in the NFL, these honorable young men have a far more important job to do when the clock runs out. That was the powerful point that U.S. Navy Admiral Harry Harris tried to make at the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor Wednesday.

Speaking to a group of veterans and families who gave all, the man leading the U.S. Pacific Command took the opportunity to remind our nation who the real heroes are and how their sacrifice made it possible for quarterbacks like Colin Kaepernick to protest our national anthem. “Today we have an opportunity to reflect on what it means to be a patriot, to reflect on what it means to be a nation tested by war and to reflect on both of the costs and blessings of liberty.” Some of those costs, he explained, take on special meaning today. “Hearing the words, ‘The land of the free and home of the brave’ means something special for every American, every day…” he went on. “You can bet that the men and women we honor today — and those who died that fateful mourning 75 years ago — never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played,” he said to a crowd that stood and cheered for more than a minute.

And, as one news outlet points out, Admiral Harris “would know a thing or two about sacrifice. [His] father and four brothers all served in World War II. In fact, his dad was on the Lexington aircraft carrier just before the Pearl Harbor attack. His family’s legacy of service inspired the native Tennessean to follow in their footsteps, graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 before his career of service that spans decades,” writes Chris Pandolfo. Asked to comment later about his rebuke of Kaepernick and others, the Pacific Command replied that the remarks “speak for themselves.” Like a lot of Americans, FRC’s Lt. General Jerry Boykin (U.S. Army) appreciates Harris’s courage. “You gave voice to the millions of patriotic Americans who still honor the flag and national anthem,” he wrote in a letter to the commander today.

“Like you, I served the nation in uniform for over three and a half decades, and I served in part so that people like Colin Kaepernick could choose to disrespect the traditions, history, and sacrifices of a great nation. But I find it disgusting and disturbing that men like Kaepernick, who are living the American dream embodied by our flag and anthem, are so determined to belittle and denigrate the veterans and men and women currently fighting to ensure the continuance of that very dream. Showing contempt for the flag that our fellow warriors sacrifice and give their lives for accomplishes nothing save highlighting his own ignorance, and so I thank you for your courage in speaking out against such ludicrous behavior.”

At a time when our country is effectively beating back the forces of political correctness, speeches like Admiral Harris’s give the nation hope. Watch the video and share Admiral Harris’s honor for our fallen with your friends.

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