In just under a minute, this footage from a coal mine in West Virginia has managed to put the NFL, kneelers, and those who hate American everywhere to shame.
While millionaire football players are refusing to stand for the national anthem like entitled spoiled brats and yet others are burning and stomping our flag, here is one group of men that are doing just the opposite: Getting their hands dirty and going to work.
In a very emotionally touching video posted on Facebook by coal miner Shane Wriston, he and a group of his fellow colleagues are preparing to to do a tough and dangerous job that few people appreciate, and yet this is something that they do hundreds of times per year.
This decent however was different. One fellow miner, Josh Stowers, decided to sing the National Anthem first:
There is no kneeling in this bath house …… we have daily Safety Meeting before every shift before these guys go Underground , and we appreciate josh volunteering to sing after the meeting,thanks Josh Stowers #singingcoalminer
Posted by Shane Wriston on Tuesday, October 10, 2017
“There is no kneeling in this bath house… we have daily Safety Meeting before every shift before these guys go Underground, and we appreciate Josh volunteering to sing after the meeting, thanks Josh Stowers #singingcoalminer .”
Later, Stowers explained his actions to KSAZ News:
“I wanted everybody to feel close together as a whole family right then and there. A bunch of guys I work with have past military experience and I knew that song would hit them real hard and make them feel comfortable. They could’ve had a bad day at that time, and that song would put them over the edge and make them feel better about themselves.”
Even though coal mining has had some great advances in technology over the last 20 + years, it still remains one of America’s most dangerous jobs.
According to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics :
“The rate of fatal injuries in the coal mining industry in 2007 was 24.8 per 100,000 fulltime equivalent workers, nearly six times the rate for all private industry.”
Besides putting the self-centered anthem kneelers in professional football to shame, the viral video is also a bit of a coal-gritty middle finger to former president Barack Obama.
In 2008, Obama declared that his plans against traditional energy were specifically designed to “bankrupt” the industry, making it no secret that shutting down the entire coal sector, and at least 50,000 jobs, was his goal.
“So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”
It did not matter that coal is an increasingly clean, reliable and proven source for America’s energy needs.
Earlier, in March of this year, President Trump proudly announced that he was reversing Obama’s anti-energy policies.
“My administration is putting an end to the war on coal. I am taking historic steps to lift the restrictions on American energy, to reverse government intrusion, and to cancel job-killing regulations.”
Now that is something that is worth celebrating, and singing about too.
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