October 18, 2017

Ann Arbor City Council Members Kneel During Pledge Of Allegiance

Rebel Staff

Over the past few weeks, NFL players have been making headlines for kneeling during the national anthem to protest against Donald Trump and racial inequality. Now, it appears that these protests have spread to politicians as well. 

Four Ann Arbor city council members chose to kneel during the Pledge of Allegiance at a meeting on Monday, Oct. 16.

Chip Smith, 5th Ward; Chuck Warpehoski, 5th Ward; Sumi Kailasapathy, 1st Ward; and Jason Frenzel, 1st Ward; moved in front of the council's table, turned toward the flag and took a knee when it came time to recite the Pledge of Allegiance after the meeting was called to order.

Warpehoski said the move was an act of attention, concern and respect.

"I can't speak to what is in each person's heart, but for me to 'take a knee' is an act of attention, of concern, and of respect," Warpehoski wrote on his website ahead of Monday's meeting and also stated at the meeting. "And it is in that spirit that I take a knee at tonight's City Council meeting: out of respect for the aspiration that we be a nation 'with liberty and justice for all,' with full attention that we fall short of that ideal in many ways, and with humble dedication to continue to work that the promise of the pledge may be fulfilled."

During the meeting, Kailasapathy said she knelt during the Pledge to demonstrate her commitment to upholding democratic values. 

"For me, taking a knee is also showing solidarity with the group of people who have been doing this at the national level," she said. 

The bottom line is that there is absolutely nothing respectful about taking a knee during the pledge of allegiance or the national anthem. Instead, taking a knee is a blatant form of disrespect to those who have fought and died for our great nation. The pledge of allegiance and national anthem offer an opportunity for Americans to stand and honor the flag that many have lost their lives trying to protect, and kneeling at this moment is a way of telling these people that the sacrifices they made for our country don't matter. 

These "take the knee" protests are even more ridiculous on the national level, where millionaire NFL players show how out of touch they are with real Americans. These players go home to their mansions every night after spending their days throwing a ball around while real Americans have to work incredibly hard just to put food on the table. No wonder NFL players and their fellow members of the entertainment elite don't understand why so many of their fans voted for Donald Trump. In the end, Trump was elected by those who respect the American flag, not those who kneel before it. 

What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section. 


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commented 2017-10-21 11:51:00 -0400
Homer Simpson, I mean Jay Kelly – you are yawn worthy.

As is your habit, you fail to understand the article and comments posted here. It’s deliberate and ridiculous.
commented 2017-10-21 00:38:50 -0400
Seriously, Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt, you show great disrespect for United States’ veterans. You think it is a kind of political joke but it is not.

Canada and the United States are close allies for a reason. Both nations consider their democratic origins.

Your “yawn” is a spit in the face to all Canadian and United States warriors. Did you really mean that?
commented 2017-10-20 11:57:45 -0400
Andrew and Jay, yawn!
commented 2017-10-20 01:48:53 -0400
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt, shame on you for your disrespectful comments toward American veterans. You may not agree with U.S. politicians, but please show some respect for those American men and women who gave their lives in service of their country.

Not only in service of their country, but to defend the principles of democracy and human rights throughout the world.

If they want to genuflect, who are you to belittle them and call them names.
commented 2017-10-19 21:09:26 -0400
Well, Tammie, do you feel forcing people to act a certain way during the Pledge of Allegiance is compatible with freedom of speech?

Is it really respectful to be insincere in your behaviour?
commented 2017-10-19 17:59:44 -0400
Wow Andrew, twisty turning your mind is churning!
commented 2017-10-19 15:07:52 -0400
It starts first with one knee , then two knees , and then a bunch of other body parts , and then it just ends up getting the neck struck
commented 2017-10-19 12:17:49 -0400
Those who fought for the country died for the right to protest and freedom of speech.

Blind, mandatory obedience and authoritarianism is what they died fighting.
commented 2017-10-19 10:54:26 -0400
What a bunch of lefty/liberal BS!
It’s well past time to take the treasonous, criminal scum outside those council chambers and give them each a bullet to the brain for their BS!
It’s time to stop fooling around and time to start culling all the scum from our Western societies…
No more BS!
commented 2017-10-19 09:56:13 -0400
Four who probably won’t be re-elected after this.
commented 2017-10-19 03:36:44 -0400
Jay is here with his usual ignorance. It gets to be quite comical.
commented 2017-10-19 02:08:49 -0400
What a disgraceful item by the anonymous “Rebel Staff”. Please let us know at least if this staff is based in the United States, Australia, or just some mish-mash of snippets picked up off the internet.

To “take a knee” otherwise known a genuflecting, is a sign of great respect. From Snopes: “U.S. Army veteran Nate Boyer convinced Colin Kaepernick to kneel, rather than sit, while protesting police brutality during the national anthem.”

The gutless “Rebel Staff” should picture in the imagination two U.S. veterans in front of a comrades grave. One Stands at attention while the other one genuflects. The obscure “Rebel Staff” would mock one of them.
commented 2017-10-18 16:57:58 -0400
Utter nonsense, hopefully voters will remember what Ann Arbor city council members did when they “took a knee” and, give them the boot at the next municipal election.
commented 2017-10-18 16:46:07 -0400
“Funny how they never kneel when it comes time to get money.”

I think they kneel…
I think they Neil and Bob.. lol
commented 2017-10-18 16:44:08 -0400
Correct drew.!!!! It will be interesting to see what happens when the people that voted these schmucks into office begin to realize that they are not looking out for their constituents but supporting a hidden agenda from behind the scenes.!!!
commented 2017-10-18 16:41:40 -0400
More Votes for Trump and the left keeps showing their ignorance for all to see. They are too blinded by their own importance and their childish ego’s. They feed on the garbage the MSM feeds them instead of caring about those who they are supposed to serve and represent and who pay their salaries.
Funny how they never kneel when it comes time to get money.
commented 2017-10-18 16:32:14 -0400
… Total losers.
… Protesting for the sake of protesting, without even really understanding why. Protesting is the Left’s idea of a constructive contribution to our society. The Left are truly the spoilt thumb-suckers of our society. All the adults are on the Right.