And justice for all

Two Chicago cops are in hot water for embracing the idea of justice for all.

That, contrary to what the distractions of the weekend would have you believe, is what the “take a knee” protests are all about. It’s not about the flag. It’s not about the National Anthem. It’s not about the military.

It’s about the words that are in the Pledge of Allegiance.

For the Chicago Police Department, the words are a political statement and officers shouldn’t embrace it while in uniform.

“We will address it in the same way we have handled previous incidents in which officers have made political statements in uniform, with a reprimand and a reminder of department policies,” the department tells Vice News.

In other knee news:

Nick Wright, who does a show on FS1 that, perhaps, few people have an opportunity to watch, pretty much got it right. Uncomfortably right.

“What are you actually mad it?” he asked.

  • Jay T. Berken
  • Mike

    I sympathize with the cops in this case, and I also think the police department’s policy banning political statements while in uniform is smart.

    • I just hope the department uses that policy with regard for ALL political statements…

    • Jared

      I agree with both points, it’s just sad that being against racism is considered a “political statement.”

  • The protests have been hijacked by folks with an agenda. I tried to set the record straight this morning. I think this is worth your time.

    Thanks for this, Bob.

    • MikeB

      Nick Wright gets it right. Wish everyone would listen to this

      • AmiSchwab

        nick wright gets it very right.

  • Laurie K.

    So if “taking a knee” while in uniform is considered a political statement, then why isn’t standing during the national anthem while in uniform considered the same?

    • DavidG

      Because the default position (which is standing) is not considered political.
      The same reason why minorities are accused of identity politics, but Trump wasn’t.

    • jon

      Everything is a political statement…
      We can’t even hold truths that were self evident 200+ years ago to be self evident any more..

  • Barton

    Thanks for the Bill Russel photo. I love that man! and I LOVE that he wore his Medal of Freedom while doing it.

  • jon

    So shooting unarmed civilians, also a political statement?

    I mean if protesting it is a political statement, then I think that DOING it is a political statement… and if that’s the only way we can actually get a serious investigation, I guess we’ll have to take it right?

  • KTN

    Matt Groening’s version of the Pledge – from Life in Hell – pre Simpsons

    “I plead alignment to the Flakes
    Of the United Snakes of a Merry Cow
    And to the Republicans, for which they scam
    One Nacho, Underpants,
    and Jugs of Wine for Owls”