Kelly Stafford, NFL Player’s Wife: Instead of Kneeling, ‘Let’s Stand United’

A woman’s Instagram post saying the national anthem is “not the national police song” has gone viral. Kelly Stafford, wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, posted a picture of the American flag Wednesday on Instagram, calling the anthem “an exercise in how this country can endure and rise, how we can agree on its future potential, even while struggling with its present.”

“Well, you can’t have that opinion anymore,” Pat said on radio Thursday.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started sitting during the national anthem last year, calling it a protest against racial injustice in America. Since then, other pro football players have also elected to sit or kneel during the national anthem.

Stafford offered a kind criticism of the choice to sit or kneel and asked for unity and open-mindedness in her post, writing, “Let’s stand united against terrorists, against racism, against white supremacists, against killing of cops, against police brutality, against sex slave trafficking.. against anything that is not the ideal for this country. Let’s unite in the fact that God made us all unique and different and that is something we should cherish.”

The post has since drawn a backlash. On Thursday’s show, Glenn and Pat pointed out that social media is almost always destructive for this kind of attempt at discussion.

Glenn called Twitter a drug of sorts since people experience a dopamine rush when they get social media reactions.

“It’s the crack that makes you think you can fly,” Glenn said. “You’re taking a hit off of a drug.”

GLENN: So glad you're here. Not everybody is excited about the latest wave of national anthem protesters. One NFL player's wife, the Detroit Lions' quarterback Matthew Stafford, his wife Kelly made her opinion pretty loud and clear in an Instagram post this week. I don't know if you saw that. Pretty clear.

PAT: Yeah, she said something like the national -- I don't have it right in front of me. But she said the national anthem isn't the national police anthem.

I mean, that's so true. It's not about the police. It's -- it's about -- it's about pride in the country. And, you know, you mentioned that --

GLENN: Yeah, I'm not even sure it's about pride in the country.

PAT: I think it is. I mean, the way it was written from Francis Scott Key and the way it came about, I mean, that's definitely about love and pride in the country.

GLENN: Let's -- let's go through that in a minute. Because I'd like to go there.

Here's what she actually wrote: If you think the country can be better, stand for the ideal. If you think the answer is people showing unity, then stand with them. The anthem is not the national police song. The anthem is not the national racist song. The anthem is an exercise on how this country can endure and rise. How can we -- how we can agree on its future potential, even while struggling with its present.

PAT: That's great.

That's pretty great.

GLENN: That's -- that's great.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: That's great.

However, people were not happy with her.

PAT: I know.

GLENN: Yeah.

PAT: I know. Well, you can't have that opinion anymore.

GLENN: No. No.

She -- she had to respond a couple of hours later: I meant no disrespect with my last post. If you know me personally, you know I love mostly everyone and I try to be as open as possible.

PAT: Look how they send people running for the hills.

JEFFY: They sure do.

PAT: It happens every time. Stop caving in to this stuff. People need to toughen up a little bit and realize Twitter is not reality. Okay? Twitter is the sedge pool of society.

JEFFY: I don't know that I agree with that.

PAT: It's the sewer of society. That's what it is: It's garbage.

GLENN: It is -- it is the -- it's the crack that makes you think you can fly. It's the crack that makes you think that you are invincible. You're -- you're -- you're -- you're taking a hit off of a drug. These -- these Facebook and Twitter -- this is nothing more than a drug that is making you feel like you are invincible. And --

PAT: And you are. Because you're anonymous. And you can say whatever you want.

GLENN: Yep. Nobody cares.

PAT: Yep.

GLENN: It seems unless you disagree with the vast majority of people.

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: That happen to be reading that and sharing that with their friends. It's not reality. And you need to know what you believe. And then just let it go. Just let it go.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

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