I’ll let the article speak for itself…class acts…unlike some…
True Heroes Don’t Kneel….
Damn right snowflake :o)
I’ll let the article speak for itself…class acts…unlike some…
True Heroes Don’t Kneel….
Damn right snowflake :o)
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”.
It goes without saying how deeply disappointed, and disgusted, I am that once again our “leaders” in Washington D.C. failed at their jobs and allowed the United States Federal Government to shut down. Not only is a federal government shutdown a complete embarrassment, it is a testament to how completely inept our current elected officials truly are and how dysfunctional our federal government truly has become.
What makes this shutdown even more despicable is the fact it has occurred over differences regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This program “allowed undocumented immigrants who came to the US under the age of 16 to apply for protection from deportation.” In this status, approximately 800,000 “undocumented immigrants” who came to the U.S. ILLEGALLY as minors, can be protected from immediate deportation for a period of two years, which is subject to renewal.
So…let’s cut through the “political speak” and political correctness. Basically…the United States Federal Government shut down over differences regarding ILLEGAL immigrants living in this country. The federal government shut down over differences regarding NON-US citizens living in this country.
It absolutely floors me that as of midnight this Saturday, mission essential LEGAL civilian federal employees (many of whom are military veterans) will report to work and basically work for free until this shutdown is over. LEGAL, US civilian federal employees (did I mention many of whom are military veterans…you know, that have sacrificed for and served their country), will keep this nation’s infrastructure operating, without getting paid until the shutdown is over. Just so that ILLEGAL, NON-US citizens can continue to live in this country?
Am I the only one that sees the irony in this?
The finger pointing has already started and more than likely the Democrats will take it on the chin for this shutdown. The reality is though everyone in Congress is to blame for this, regardless of party affiliation. The reality is they had a job to do, once again they failed miserably, and none of them deserve to be in the position that they are in. None of them deserve to earn the six figure salaries that they will continue to earn during the shutdown…even though they too are civilian federal employees.
Am I the only one that sees the irony in that as well?
Enough is enough. Our federal elected officials are inept and our federal government is broken. Drastic changes are needed, but that’s another rant for another day. This current federal government shutdown is an embarrassment all by itself. But the fact it occurred due to differences over ILLEGAL, NON-US immigrants, at the expense of LEGAL US citizens, makes it that much more despicable.
As we celebrate this Memorial Day weekend, it is only fair that we take a moment to commemorate its purpose. Memorial Day “commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service.” This rather plain, stark explanation of Memorial Day doesn’t do justice to its significance. The reality is we, as a nation, enjoy the quality of life that we enjoy due to the ultimate sacrifices of those that died while defending our country’s values.
Memorial Day is the day that we put aside our political ideals and differences. It is the day that we stop fighting amongst ourselves. It is the day that we pay tribute to those that answered their nation’s calling….obeyed their orders…and died for doing so. It is the day we thank…and embrace…those that lost their loved ones. The wives….the husbands. The daughter and son that never met their mother or father. The parents that raised their son and daughter to do the right thing…only to die doing the right thing. Memorial Day is the day that we stop…to remember that we are Americans.
As a Veteran, I stand tall, and salute those who fell…and to those who lost their loved one. Thank you for your sacrifice!
I can’t think of a finer way to honor this country’s veterans then to exercise my 1st Amendment right to unabridged freedom of speech. It is because of the sacrifices of those that serve and have served this country’s Armed Forces that I am able to voice my opinion without fear of retribution and/or persecution.
Now that this country’s elections are over, I feel it’s important to reflect upon the outcome and lessons learned from the elections. I am overjoyed that President Obama has been re-elected. Despite my jubilation, I do not believe that Mr. Obama is the cure-all for what ails this nation. In reality, what would “fix” this country’s woes has absolutely nothing to do with the Oval Office. However, I believe this country is in better shape with President Obama at the helm than it ever could be with Mitt Romney in charge.
Much ado was made this election season about which presidential candidate would best steer this country towards prosperity. This is especially true regarding economic recovery and job stimulation. The reality is regardless of who was elected, economic prosperity will not occur as fast as everyone wants. The average American forgets, or simply doesn’t realize, that the President’s ability to influence economic and job creation success is limited. Congress enacts the laws which directly impact this country’s future, to include economic prosperity. Capitalists, and not the President, decide whether or not to create more positions and hire more people. As a result, it is Congress and Capitalists and not the President, which dictate the future prosperity of this country.
Despite the President’s ability to directly influence economic outcome, I believe we will be better served with Mr. Obama as president. The reason for this is simple. Mr. Romney is a businessman and businessmen have no business running this country. Businessmen make decisions based on what is best for profit. These decisions are devoid of morals, scruples, and what is best for the whole. As a country, we cannot afford to have a President that lacks the morals and scruples necessary to ensure what is good for the entire country.
Regardless of how one feels about the outcome of this year’s presidential elections, I feel most can agree on one thing. The GOP/Republican Tea Party is severely out of touch with the collective pulse of this country. The reality is the “face” of this country is changing. Rich, white men are no longer the majority. Yet the GOP continues to run itself into the proverbial brick wall by catering to this minority facet of society. Whether this is done out of fear or ignorance is a moot point. This year’s presidential elections proved that money cannot guarantee the presidency and is a harbinger of the fact that the rich, white man can no longer “buy” the Oval Office.
It is because of this nation’s Veterans I am able to “pen” these words. We as citizens are so fortunate that we live in a country that we are able to express our opinions with little in the way of fear of retribution and/or persecution. This is only possible through the sacrifices of the few that have ensured, and continue to ensure, this liberty for all. To my fellow Veterans, I thank you for this right….I salute you!
Today, we put aside our rhetoric, our differences, and reflect as one upon those that made the ultimate sacrifice serving this country. It is because of our fallen heroes, our veterans, and those that currently serve in our nation’s Armed Forces that we enjoy a level of freedom, opportunity, and justice unlike any other nation. May those who have perished rest in peace…thank you for your sacrifice.