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The Iranian Wrestler Who Was More American Than LeBron James

He did not need to take a bold and public stand for justice and freedom for the people of his country.

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Navid vs. LeBron: Who Really Fought For Justice?

Last summer, the Iranian government executed World Champion wrestler Navid Afkari, for the “crime” of demonstrating on behalf of the people in his country for greater political freedom and economic opportunity. He was arrested, tortured, and had his family threatened if he did not “confess” to “crimes” that carried the death penalty. The government claimed that he killed a member of the regime’s security services, but prior to being tortured and threatened, he denied it, and so did all the eyewitnesses at the scene.

UFC’s Dana White took up his cause, as did President Donald Trump, but to no avail. He was executed on September 12, 2020.

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According to Wikipedia “Navid Afkari was an Iranian wrestler who was sentenced to death and executed by the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran for protesting against the regime during 2018 unrests in Iran, as well as the alleged murder of an undercover security guard from the IRGC that occurred during the 2018 Iranian protests.”

This man was a world champion wrestler. He did not need to take a bold and public stand for justice and freedom for the people of his country. He took a huge risk in joining the protests, and ultimately paid for his stand for freedom with his life. In Abraham Lincoln’s immortal words, he gave his people, and the cause of freedom, his “last, full measure of devotion.” He may not have been an American citizen, but he was an American in Spirit.

Contrast this with LeBron James. LeBron is a world champion basketball player. He is world famous. He too, has spoke out against injustice, but done so only when it would clearly benefit him, and not when it carried even the remotest sense of risk.
In 2019, when Daryl Morley, the GM of the Houston Rockets, tweeted his support for the protesters in Hong Kong, LeBron very quickly rebuked Morley. He made clear his displeasure with Morley for his tweeted support for the people of Hong Kong and their peaceful protests to preserve the rights and freedoms granted to them by the treaty between Great Britain and China governing for the handover of Hong Kong to Chinese rule in 1997.

LeBron said that free speech is great and all, but Morley needs to understand the “consequences” of his words on the economic interests of other parties. In other words, LeBron was more concerned with Morley offending the Chinese government and the affect that would have on his economic interests in China, than in the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong.

He has no problem criticizing his own government over its stands, and took a stand for racial justice. In principle, all of these are laudable.

However, he inserted himself into many of these discussions before he knew the full facts, which were, in each case, more nuanced than he initially believed. And in each case, these was were easy calls for James to make. He risked nothing by taking these stands. The NBA supported him. The leftist mobs lauded his “courage.” His life, liberty, and livelihood were never at risk.

Who is the better role model as an athlete and as a man? Navid Afkari, or LeBron James? Who is the real American?

You decide.

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Rachel & Ralph’s Reality Check: The KKK, capitalism and unions divided over vaccines

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Townhall contributor Rachel Alexander and Newsmax contributor Ralph Benko discuss the red herring argument of criticizing someone because the KKK agrees with them, The Washington Post finally acknowledges the superiority of capitalism, and how the unions are divided over mandating the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

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Give Me Liberty or Give Me The Vaccine

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Patrick Henry Speaking About Freedom

The American history books use to teach of a patriot named Patrick Henry.  Patrick Henry was a founding father of American.  Yes the term founding father is a term that Google still finds worthy as they identifies Henry as one.  Patrick Henry was a man who stood up to the oppression of King George.  In the second Virginia Convention in 1775, he proclaimed “give me liberty or give me death.”  In days past, Patrick Henry was a symbol of the American spirit of freedom.  His passion and his ability to communicate his desire for freedom are powerful words that continue to motivate bold and courageous leaders for the last 200 years.

Today it would be wise for patriot Americans who value freedom to again pick up this sentiment.  The call that freedom is the most essential component of existence which brings life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Vaccine Manipulation:

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President Joe Biden now declares that Americans who do not take the Covid19 vaccine are “not as smart as he thought they were” and that they (American citizens) are “a real problem.”

Many Americans believe in the vaccine, but they believe more in freedom.  Donald Trump, the leader of the Republic Party has also encouraged people to get the vaccine.  The vaccine is not a Republican or Democrat issue, but how the vaccine is administered very much speaks to how the political leaders look at freedom.

Free Americans should believe that the Government should not be able to dictate the health decisions that an individual should make.  They believe that they should have the ability to review facts and data and not be forced to make a decision about their health based on strawman arguments like you “if you care for your pet, you should get vaccinated.”

Maybe instead of shaming people or trying to bribe people into getting the vaccine, lawmakers should convince people on the merit of the issue and allow them to exercise their freedom to make the best choice for themselves and their country, after all that is what freedom is about.  Maybe President Biden could try to solve the real problem in the vaccine issue.  He could do that by answering the questions that many Americans are still looking for as they analyze their decision about their own health.  Answering any or all of the following questions would be a start:

Vaccine Questions About Covid19:

  1.  What are the top 3 risks that a person might experience with the Covid19 vaccine?  Instead of answering this simple question, those that are in charge get offended when people seek good answers to health.  It has been the history in America to outline the potential health hazards to the choices that people make such as a warning on a pack of cigarettes.  But this concept seems foreign to those that would like to manipulate the public to make a decision without a choice – that just seems wrong.
  2. Why does everyone need the vaccine, including those that already have had Covid19?  This is an honest question and one that Senator Rand Paul has asked.  There may be a case to be made for those who have had Covid19 to receive the vaccine, but it seems like no logical or rational person is making one.
  3. Is there anyone who should not get the Covid19 vaccines?  Health issues are very personal issues and often are different for people with different issues and demographics.  There has been very little talk in main stream media about exceptions to the vaccine and more and more talk about how even babies should be getting the vaccine.  John Hopkins recently misled their readers with statement on their website about children getting the vaccine – “Yes. Experts, including those at Johns Hopkins, believe that the benefits of being vaccinated for COVID-19 outweigh the risks. Although COVID-19 in children is usually milder than in adults, some kids can get very sick and have complications or long-lasting symptoms that affect their health and well-being. The virus can cause death in children although this is rarer than for adults.”  Further the CDC is now recommending the pregngnant women and new mothers who are breastfeeding should receive the vaccine.  They state on the website “Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. If you are pregnant, you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19.”  These kind of one sided statements, should be carefully read to consider the political biases of the organization.  One has to wonder if they are really concerned about the health of the individual or the health of the whole.  I would be very hesitate to recommend a trial vaccine to a pregnant woman when there has not been studies to show that no impact will be made on the mother of the child.
  4. Where did Covid19 orginate?  An essential question in the vaccine conversation, should be consideration as to where Covid orginated.  If Covid19 orginated in a lab as a way to kill off a part of the communist elderly in China, then that would dedicate who needs the vaccine.  The idea a communist country was developing a method to kill off part of their population for population control should be considered and explored.  Americans politicians on the left seem to forget that just a few years ago communist China limited the number of babies that their people could have and would kill a child if it was born and was above the number that the government dictated as acceptable.  It is fair for the American population to wait to understand where Covid19 began before making health choices about their own health.

These questions and many more still deserve an answer.  It is the responsibility of the leaders and press in a free country to answer the fair and honest questions of free people.  Until those questions, millions of Americans will still cry out “give me liberty, or give me the vaccine.”  These Americans still choose freedom first.

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