It should be apparent by now that absolutely everything in American society has been subordinated to politics and messaging by the Left. This is not a good development. It means there is no room for apolitical interactions, no common ground on which both sides can agree “we may disagree, but don’t have to do it here.” There are no symbols around which everyone can rally and say “at least we have this much in common.” Thus the pressure in the cooker continues to grow.
Since the topic of NFL players acting childishly during the National Anthem has become the issue du jour, and has now spread to other sports, I thought I’d put in my two
- “This is about free speech.” No, it’s not. The Constitution guarantees an absence of government coercion against speech it doesn’t like. The public has always been free to measure the actions and speech of those who put themselves in the public eye. The Left decided years ago to up the stakes in this area by going after the employment of those who said or supported things they didn’t like (for example, search: Brendon Eich, ex-chairman of Mozilla). So it should follow Americans are not required to keep funding the salaries–much less subsidizing the stadiums–of well-paid players who don’t appreciate what they have. The issue is the Left simply doesn’t like it when the same rules are applied to them. Should have read your Alinsky better…
- “Only racists and bigots object to this.” Garbage. There are literally millions of veterans (including me) disgusted at watching the NFL borrow the valor of the military with flyovers and huge patriotic displays at their events (something the government even paid them to do), then stand behind players who want to make a particular two-and-a-half-minute tune about them rather than their country. Unfortunately, football’s core demographic is pretty patriotic. The NFL knows this. Let’s see how the bait-and-switch works for them.
A process I’ve seen described as “The Great Tune-Out” appears to be under way. Civic-minded average Americans seem to have decided not to listen any longer to political rants from pampered entertainers, and this is having an effect in multiple markets. Good. It’s about time. We were told after the election that the majority shouldn’t have to live with a candidate who “only” won the electoral college. Majority rule, and all that.
Maybe we’re discovering the majority in this country still values it, and is tired of feeding parasitical organizations that keep spitting in their face. One can hope. In the mean time, enjoy your now-cleared Sunday afternoon schedules!