To knee, or not to knee? IS that the question?


Or a thousand people on a thousand knees.

Having followed The Knee Thing all weekend, I really wasn't gonna add my spin, but so much bizarre rhetoric has ensued that I must.

IMHO, what has happened to us here is a twofold problem:  1) We elected an incompetent moron who's obfuscating our problems, leading us down a dangerous and confused prairie path,  and 2) We don't know how to deal with problems anymore - how to determine the cause, choose our battles AND CHOOSE THE BEST METHOD FOR THE MOST EFFECTIVE OUTCOME.

Americans are bound by a Constitution - a brilliant instrument written over 200 years ago by the only true visionaries this country has ever seen.  And we are vouchsafed the right of protest, so long as it breaks no law.

As I understand it, The Knee Thing is protest against not the American flag or the national anthem, but against unlawful treatment of people of color and marginalized groups (as from the LGBT community) by the government.  Local, state or federal government.

Yet non-violent protest is something we just can't seem to master. Dr. King had a pretty good handle on it, as did Rosa Parks and the Million-Man March, for that matter.  But so many others turned violent - the 60's marches from Selma to Montgomery, the 60's Vietnam protests, the horror of Kent State and, of course - Charlottesville.

In the present case, taking a knee is, at best, symbolic.  And maybe that used to work. But we've been symboled and politically-corrected ad nauseam for so long now that symbolism means little.  In fact, symbolic acts - while they may be balm to the spirit of the practicioners - do nothing to further the cause or correct the problem.  Taking a knee does nothing concrete to solve the problem at hand. In fact, at a sports match, it smacks of grandstanding, at least to me.

Perhaps protest is NOT the key to change.

Here's what you can do to effect change.

Whatever the issue - on your own time, get together with like-minded citizens of sound mind, draw up realistic, positive proposals, contact the proper governing bodies - your school board, city council, police department, mayor's office - and figure out how to get heard.  Don't go as a mob, go as a group of rational, concerned citizens WHO VOTE.  Hit all salient points in your presentation - how the current ways are not working, how the only way to lasting change is though education, dedication TO change, and the importance of removing knee-jerk emotions from the effort.  Keep on them.  Hold their feet to the fire.  They work for YOU.

And if no good comes from your efforts, change your focus - organize and vote out the deadwood - and maybe run yourself.

Former US House Speaker Tip O'Neill said that all politics are local.

So are many remedies.

Perhaps we can't get rid of the incendiary lackwit in the White House, but we CAN utilize local leaders, and unseat ineffective, wooden-headed ones (our Congressmen and Senators included) if they continue to ignore us.

John Lennon famously said, "Think Globally, But Act Locally."

All props to John, but the only effective part of that phrase is the third word.


THAT'S RIGHT…. come closer…. closerrrr…...

Thank you for reading - now come orbit Planet Michelle! Just type in your e-mail address, over to the right and up, and you'll receive each post I pull from my little monkey brain.  No spam or name-selling, ever.  My magnetic field awaits you!

Also, like me on Facebook if you're so-inclined!  It's over there, to the right & up.  OOO - yes - that's it - right there!  

Old school, are ye?  Well, then e-mail me - I dig those, too: .


Leave a comment
  • Well said. I would describe it as such: your kid is dying and you are trying to get the attention of the people who are in the best position to help her. But they cannot hear you because of a stain glass window. So you throw one small stone at said stain glass window and it creates ever the smallest crack, perhaps a piece of glass falls out. Now instead of seeing what you are doing, some people admonish you for breaking some replaceable fragments of glass, while not in any way destroying the entire piece of art.

  • In reply to Michael Messinger:

    Thanks, Michael. I agree. Ambiguity / symbolic gestures can obscure and dilute a message. Forward-moving action is always better than passivity, even if it's well-intentioned.

  • "A dangerous and confused prairie path." Hahaha! I would think the inclusion of the word "prairie" would be soothing. But here it takes on a very dark and sinister tone. Horrifying!

  • In reply to Rooted in Chicago:

    He's Satan, I'm tellin 'ya. Nothing is soothing in Satanville. Even his red tie is suspect - it's, somehow, an extention of his pointy red tail!

Leave a comment