History repeats itself. No question about it. Some learn from history. Good and bad.
The NFL, National Anthem, kneel, don’t kneel, Trump’s influence, continue. Not soon to be resolved. The NFL’s recent proclamation re stand or remain in the locker room added fuel to the fire.
A similar situation existed in Nazi Germany. Involved German football players, standing before a game, shouting with outstretched arms Heil Hitler.
Christmas Day 1933. Metz, France. The German team the Karlsruhe Football Club. Playing a French team in France.
Anti-German tensions had been running high. The French sensed a riot in the making. They asked the German team not to Heil Hitler! If they did, the French team would not play and the German team would receive no compensation.
The German Club capitulated to the French demands.
Hitler was furious.
A German newspaper described the situation as “Footballers In Disgrace.”
Hitler banned all German football teams from playing outside Germany till further notice.
Hitler’s influence was obvious. As was the fear of him by the German Football Association. The German Football Association issued a written “encouragement.” Actually, a mandate. The teams were to expel Jewish players, the players were required to give the Hitler salute before and after games, swastikas were to be displayed in stadiums.
Was Trump aware of the German football problem when he came out with the National Anthem position? Does the NFL stand in the shoes of the German football Association? Are Heil Hitler and standing for the National Anthem forced patriotism? Comparable in any fashion?
Ivana Trump in a 1990 Vanity Fair interview claimed husband Donald kept Hitler’s book My New Order by his bedside. The book a compilation of Hitler’s speeches from his earliest days to the 1939 Phony War.
Did My New Order contain references to the Heil Hitler/football problem?
I sense the NFL/kneel or no kneel/National Anthem problem is history repeating itself.
Some readers will disagree. I see the comments coming already. They will distinguish Heil Hitler from the National Anthem, the German players not having an alternative to remain in the locker room, Trump not being Hitler, etc.
My response in advance: If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and acts like a duck, it is a duck.
A busy Memorial Day.
Spent the daytime working on tonight’s podcast. Tuesday Talk with Key West Lou. It changes right up to show time based on what happens during the day.
Join me. The show is fast moving, interesting, and in many instances revealing. Nine my time. www.blogtalkradio.com/key-west-lou.
Terri was singing last night with Dueling Bartenders. Picked her up early and delivered her to Aqua. Terri’s driving days are over.
Enjoyed Tom, Rick and Terri performing. John from the Chart Room showed up. Donna came in from work.
John joined Donna, Terri and me for dinner at the Conch Republic. We shared three large trays of oysters. Excellent!
Last but not least, Alberto. Typical of tropical storms, Alberto fizzled out.
No problem in the Keys, except for excessive rain leading up to Alberto’s arrival.
Alberto hit the Panhandle a tropical storm. However as it passed over and onto land, was down graded to a depression. Which means continued heavy rain for a few days in north Florida and States beyond.
As I drove along Smathers Beach on my way to pick up Terri, I noticed white caps. Not high. Many in number. Side by side, one behind another, rolling up to the beach.
So many white caps rare for Key West. Too late for Alberto. Not sure why they were there.
Enjoy your day!