Teenager Arek Trenholm has truly been dealt a tough hand by life. He’s the sort of person who genuinely has something to complain about.
Born with spina bifida, which has kept him in a wheelchair since he was 6 years old, Arek will never play football, or probably any sports at all, because of his illness.
Yet Arek showed his all-American spirit about a week ago with a simple gesture that proved to be one of those truly inspiring events.
While watching a homecoming parade in his Florida hometown of Leesburg, Arek stood for his country’s flag.
As the color guard approached, he lifted himself up with his arms and stood until the flag had gone by. His uncle, Myron Leggett, who runs a photography studio, snapped the picture and shared it on Facebook.
“To all of those that refuse to stand for the Flag of the United States of America,” wrote Leggett, “this is my nephew Arek Trenholm, he has spina bifida, he used his arms to ‘STAND’ from his wheelchair as our Flag passed by!! He will never be able to play football, if he could, he would ‘Stand’ as the flag passed or when the ‘National Anthem’ is played. Take a lesson!”
Those who refuse to stand for the flag are, of course, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and those who emulate his refusal to stand during the national anthem as some sort of protest over an imagined rash of police violence against upstanding young blacks.
Aside from spreading a Left-wing lie that was concocted to further Hillary Clinton’s support among blacks, Kaepernick’s showboating is in support of Black Lives Matter, which has done more to destroy black communities, foster hatred of police and spread racial division than it has ever done to improve the lot of black Americans.
Kaepernick explained his protest stunt by saying, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” This from an oppressed black man with a 6-year, $114 million contract to throw a ball around a field.
Obviously, Kaepernick has the constitutional right to bray like a jackass about being oppressed, all the while going home to all the fruity drinks he can down while lounging beside the pool at his mansion. But the NFL is paying the price.
A poll released last week showed football fans are watching fewer NFL games this year, and Kaepernick and his imitators are the leading reason why.
There’s an obvious parallel to be drawn here between Kaepernick’s national anthem stunt and the way the Hillary Clinton campaign bemoans the unfairness of life, while doing so from a position of privilege and power.
And just like Kaepernick’s self-indulgence has worn thin, Clinton’s blatant patronizing of voters grates a lot of people the wrong way.
It’s not too much to hope that the whining will come back to bite Clinton, as it has done to Kaepernick.
As Arek Trenholm has shown, people who truly love their country stand up for it.