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It seems the NFL cannot help but continue to stick its foot in its mouth regarding the player protests that began last season. The latest “situation”…the NFL recently rejected a proposed AMVETS Super Bowl ad that dared to call on the NFL’s million dollar divas to respectfully stand during the National Anthem.
According to the NFL, the ad was rejected because it made a “political statement”. The NFL went on to say that, “The Super Bowl program is designed for fans to commemorate and celebrate the game, players, teams, and the Super Bowl [and] it has never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement.”
I find it rather ironic, and hypocritical, that the NFL is all of a sudden concerned about making a “political statement”. Isn’t that what its overpaid divas have been doing by protesting? The above statement raises other interesting questions as well. Is the NFL suggesting that it’s ok to protest and make a “political statement” during regular/postseason play, but not during the Super Bowl, in the interest of the “fans to commemorate and celebrate the game”?
Here’s another question…in the interest of “fan commemoration and celebration of the game”…is Mr. Goodell saying that his million dollar divas are not going to be allowed to kneel and protest during the National Anthem at the Super Bowl so as not to make a “political statement”? That’s an easy one…of course not. Roger Goodell hasn’t had the balls to stand up to his players this entire time. Why would he start now?
Naturally, the NFL did its best to portray itself as the victim in this situation…much like its players do when protesting. The NFL made it “clear” that it went out of its way to try and work with and find suitable alternative messaging so as to accept the ad. However, it was the AMVETS organization and not the NFL that was unwilling to compromise.
Throughout the player protests, the NFL has had to go out of its way to justify its divas’ right to protest. The NFL has also been consistently swift to vehemently admonish any individual, or entity, that dares to challenge or rebut its players’ right to protest. This was evident last year when the New Orleans Saints organization seemingly went out of its way to disparage a disabled Veteran that dared to decline an award from the team due to the ongoing players’ protests. That Veteran, Mr. John Wells, declined to accept the team’s Peoples Health Champion Award because he believed the “ongoing controversy with NFL players’ disrespect for the national flag forces me to decline to participate in the presentation. I am unable, in good conscience, to enter an NFL stadium while this discourtesy prevails. Since this award is tainted with the dishonorable actions of the NFL and its players, I cannot accept it.”
At this point and time, the New Orleans Saints organization could have simply honored Mr. Wells’ decision and quietly moved on. Instead, the Saints organization went on the offensive and publicly vilified Mr. Wells for daring to have the audacity to decline its precious honor and to challenge the NFL’s players’ protests. What makes this even more despicable is the fact that it was Veterans that rebuilt New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It was Veterans that ensured the New Orleans Saints organization had a Superdome to play in after Hurricane Katrina. How soon the New Orleans Saints forget.
It’s clear that throughout these protests the NFL, and Roger Goodell in particular, don’t really seem to understand the concept of a “protest”. All parties involved have been adamant about their right to freedom of speech to justify the protests. The part that Mr. Goodell and his million dollar divas seem to miss is that…those that disagree with their protest have just as much the right to freedom of speech to rebut their protests!
To be fair to the NFL, I recognize that the organization does do a lot for the military as well as Veterans. In addition, I also realize that the original intent of the protests have been lost and that it was never about disrespecting the flag, country, military, or Veterans. However, this is something else the NFL, the players, and Mr. Goodell don’t seem to understand about protesting. Just because someone protests, that doesn’t mean their intent is going to be clearly understood by others. In addition, just because someone protests, that doesn’t mean their intent is going to stay intact. The reality is, due to Coin Kaepernick’s impulsiveness of kneeling during the National Anthem, his protest was never clearly understood. Which means that his intent was pretty much lost from the very beginning.
In light of this, Roger Goodell should have grown a pair and nipped the protests in the bud from the very beginning. Instead, Mr. Goodell tried to placate everyone…and as a result his million dollar divas’ protests continue to haunt him and the NFL as a whole. Mr. Goodell is slowly and systematically alienating the NFL’s fan base…just to protect his overpaid divas’ right to protest.
While I haven’t watched an NFL game this year due to the players’ protests, I was considering watching the Super Bowl. However…in light of this latest “situation”, I have decided not to. I cannot…in clear conscience…support an organization that seemingly goes out of its way to heavy handedly disparage those that dare to challenge its actions. In addition, as a Veteran, I will not support an organization that seemingly went out of its way to vilify a fellow Veteran.
I would love nothing more than to see other Veterans do the same and boycott this year’s Super Bowl. I understand though it’s highly unlikely this will occur. However, the longer Roger Goodell allows his million dollar divas the right to protest, the more fans he and his players will alienate. The more often the NFL heavy handedly admonishes any individual, or entity, that dares to challenge or rebut its divas’ right to protest, the more fans and businesses the NFL alienates. It’s no secret that the NFL’s revenues are down…viewership is down…and we’ve already seen cracks in the foundation as companies affiliated with the NFL are suggesting, whether openly or rumored, that the protests are adversely affecting their bottom-line. At this rate, Roger Goodell and his overpaid million dollar divas are well on their way to “burn[ing] this bitch down”.
So like many here in the United States and around the world, I watched with a mixture of shock, awe, and disbelieve as Donald Trump won the presidency of the United States. The man that would never win the primaries…never win the Republican Party nomination…couldn’t possibly beat the juggernaut politician that is Hillary Clinton…achieved the impossible. As to be expected a lot of folks lost, and still continue to lose, their ever livin’ minds over the reality that Donald Trump is the President-Elect of the United States of America.
I’ll just be blunt…I think the protests/riots that have taken place….and will take place after he’s inaugurated…are asinine. Those that protest/riot are nothing more than slaves to their emotions and are simply wasting their time. The reality is while those that protest/riot like to believe that breaking other people’s shit, blocking traffic, and just being an all-around nuisance is going to change what has happened, the reality is their efforts will change nothing. If anything, these protests/riots will only reinforce the notion that electing Donald Trump as the next president of this country was actually the right decision to make.
At this point, I feel what we should be doing as Americans is taking a good hard look at who we are as a people. Because while we are loathe to admit it, our President is a direct reflection of our collective selves. Up to this point, I feel we’ve been fooling ourselves in electing our recent past presidents. Not to say the presidents of recent yore have been perfect, but each of them have exhibited a certain amount of class, statesmanship, and restraint that well…are traits that we as Americans seem to no longer employ. The reality is by electing Donald Trump, we Americans now have an accurate reflection of who we are collectively…loud, brash, and arrogant.
What has amazed me most is the support that those that have protested have garnered. How brave they are, so many say, for exercising their freedom of speech! Let’s set the record straight…those that have reacted and protested thus far are not brave! These are a people that lack discipline and self-control, and protest only to serve their own misguided self-interests!
I have a better idea…instead of supporting those that have become slaves to their own emotions, let’s laud those that have responded instead of reacted. Kudos to those that have taken a big deep breath and reflected upon what this will mean for our country. The brave ones are not those that break other people’s shit, block traffic, and annoy those that respect and abide by the law. The brave ones are those that engage in meaningful conversation, with those of opposite beliefs, in the hopes of peacefully compromising and finding common ground on the issues that divide us as a Nation.
The reality is Donald Trump is going to be the next President of the United States. For those that can’t accept this…get over it! No amount of recounting or protesting the process is going to change this. No amount of breaking other people’s shit, blocking traffic, and just being an all-around nuisance is going to change this reality. Donald Trump is an accurate reflection of who we are as Americans, no matter how loathe we are to admit it. As Americans, we need to use this time to step back and reflect upon who we are as a people. Instead of supporting those that protest, we need to support those that have taken the time to reflect and are willing to engage in meaningful compromise to fix that which ails this country. Compromise…not ideology…is what will make America great again!!
It’s a good day to be a Republican in the United States today. As expected, the Republican Tea Party has become the majority in the U.S. Senate. In addition, a large number of Republican state governors were unexpectedly elected, especially in states that have long been considered Democratic strongholds. It goes without saying that in light of past Grand Obstructionist Party (GOP) transgressions, I’m both leery and concerned about the future of this country.
Despite the ominous possibilities, Republican Tea Party control of the U.S. Congress could actually be a good thing. While it’s easy to assume that even less will get accomplished (if that is even possible), it is possible that more will actually get accomplished. The reason for this is simple. All eyes are already looking forward to the 2016 presidential elections. Now that the Republicans have control of Congress, electing a Republican president will ensure their ability to advance their conservative agenda. On the other hand, it is just as imperative a Democratic president is elected to provide some sort of sanity check to that agenda.
This means neither party can afford to be looked upon as the “obstructionist” party leading up to the presidential elections. Therefore, there is a good chance each party is going to try and advance their agendas as a means to show that they are the party that can get things done. President Obama cannot afford to veto everything that comes to his desk. At the same time the Republican Tea Party cannot leverage another federal government shutdown. The only way either party can show that they are the party that can get things done is through <gasp> compromise.
What may be a short term boon for the Republican Tea Party could also very well be its undoing. With full control of Congress, the burden now falls more on Republicans to prove that their party is united and capable enough to lead this country. However, with veteran radicals still in place like Ted Cruz, and potential radicals like newly elected Joni Ernst, it is going to be difficult for the party to maintain and prove its unity. Radicals like Ted Cruz have already proven their propensity to go against party expectations to advance their own private agendas at all costs. If the Republican Tea Party as a whole cannot keep these radicals in check, it will be a cold day in Hell that they win the presidency.
Yesterday proved, at least to me, that many in this country forgot who was perceived as responsible for the 2013 federal government shutdown. However, I believe some good can come from the Republican Tea Party gaining control in the U.S. Congress. Through compromise, each party can advance agendas that can put this country back on the right track. However, I feel that it is the Grand Obstructionist Party (GOP) that has the most to prove…and the most to lose come 2016 if they cannot control their radical few.