Friday, October 06, 2017

Freedom of speech and Cam Newton

"It's funny to hear a female talk about routes. It's funny." -Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers Quarterback

So will the NFL take a knee and/or link arms in solidarity with Newton? No, they sided with the reporter and the social influencers of today. They claim what Cam said is Sexist, Racist, and Misogynistic. They have issued a statement, which they state they do not support neither do they agree with Mr. Newton’s view. A sampling of NFL players have players scattered all over the support of Newton, or the non-support of Newton, terrain.
May I confess something? I grew up in America and as a child I heard things. Things such as ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.’ And things such as, ‘ This is a free country I can say what I want to say!’ I remember hearing many remarks, philosophies, beliefs and points of view, which I did not agree with, but it was always my thought that the person speaking had the right to express herself/himself in whichever way they wished. And equally I had the right to agree or disagree with what was said.

I believe everyone in America understood freedom of speech in the way I just described. If the majority of people didn’t believe that way, not any of the socially accepted behaviors that are anti- Conservative or anti-Christian would be in existence today. Why? When I was coming up Conservatism and Christianity were the dominant influencers of our society. If Conservatives and Christians were as closed minded as the present social influencers are, there would be no open Homosexuality, no Illegal Aliens among us, no Abortions, and no Progressivism. All of those things would have been shut down quicker than one can say Antifa or Black Lives Matter!

It is only because of the people of my generation’s understanding of freedom of speech that any of the present, socially engineered accepted practices exist day. Why do I say this? Simple, if Conservatives and Christians had the same closed minded attitudes as the social influencers of today, they would have used their substantial power to stop those then nascent ideas from entering social consciousness or from gaining social acceptance, just as present day social influencers are doing today against any ideas that are different than what these influencers deem socially permitted.

This brings me to my subject, the remark of Cam Newton quarterback for the Carolina Panthers and freedom of speech. In a recent news conference Cam observed that he found humor in the instance of being questioned about receiver routes, the planned position a receiver will run to in order to catch a pass, by a woman. See That’s Funny

What Cam said is, "It's funny to hear a female talk about routes. It's funny." As a result of stating his personal observation out loud Cam is facing a firestorm of public condemnation. As of this writing he has lost his Dannon Yogurt endorsement. See Dannon Cancels

So will the NFL take a knee in behalf of and/or link arms in solidarity with Newton? No, they've sided with the reporter and the social influencers of today. They claim what Cam said is Sexist, Racist, and Misogynistic. They issued a statement, in which they state they do not support, neither do they agree with Mr. Newton’s view. A sampling of NFL players have players scattered all over the support of Newton, or the non-support of Newton, terrain.

Newton is the same guy who just last week lifted Black power fist in air after scoring a touchdown in solidarity with the NFL and Colin Kaepernick protest against America.

My point is this. It is sad to see Constitutional freedoms being eroded. In my day Cam’s statement would have been his opinion. And since it is a completely harmless personal observation it would have been forgotten as quickly as it was said.

The difference is, today’s social influencers are trying to control speech and thought so that their agenda can be advanced. Mr. Newton’s comment is in violation of what today’s social influencers deems one can say or think, which is another Orwellian tendency of the Left.

For those of you that can’t tell the difference between freedom of speech as claimed by those in the on going NFL Player’s protest and as related to what Mr. Newton said, allow me to spell it out for you. The NFL protest is an abuse of its platform and its audience. For example, I’m sure you will agree that if someone enrolled in a course, let’s say English 101 and the instructor spent the entire class or semester espousing their personal political views, that would be wrong and totally inappropriate. Does the instructor have the right to speak her/his beliefs? Of course they do, however I think we can agree that in English 101 is not the appropriate venue,in which to do it. That is not what the person enrolled in the class paid their fee for. That person expected and is entitled to English and that is what they should get. The instructor is clearly abusing her/his platform and abusing her/his captive audience. Same with the NFL Player’s protest. The players are abusing the NFL's platform and abusing the NFL's audience

In contrast, Mr. Newton simply, in the course of an interview, expressed a sentiment. Right or wrong, it was his personal observation. In America we used to hear other’s point-of-views and either agreed, disagreed or disregarded the point-of-view completely. Why? Because this used to be a free country in which you and I had the freedom to speak our minds. It isn’t any longer.

What present day social influencers are doing is, they are attempting to control Mr. Newton by affecting his income and rebuking him publicly. Such a public flogging will keep the rest of us from thinking or saying anything that is unacceptable. As it will also correct the wayward Cam Newton from ever finding anything funny, which is approved as the social norm by the social influencers of today!

The lesson for anyone who will learn from this situation is this, this attack against Cam Newton is the same politically correct attack made against President Trump. It is the same politically correct attack used against Conservative Republicans. And it is the same politically correct attack used against Christianity.

This is an attack against Constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech. These attacks must be recognized for what they are, a vile attempt to rob Americans of their rights to think and express themselves freely as guaranteed by the US Constitution, and consequently these attacks must be stopped if freedom of speech means anything any longer in the United States of America.

Monday, October 02, 2017

Players why protest when you could do something?

Blacks, you now have the resources that your slave ancestors; mothers and fathers prayed for. Rise up from your knees, lower your fists, unlink your arms, open your checkbooks and be men and women. Do something with your wealth and you will MAKE the change you seek.
The present protest spat that NFL Players are engaging in originated with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick’s stated purpose of drawing attention to racial inequities that continue to plague minorities in the United States of America. Kaepernick’s idea was to “take a knee” as a symbol of disapproval of lack of progress for minorities in America.

Sounds like a noble thing to do, correct? But why settle for acts of symbolism? Why not do something about the injustices you see. The NFL according to some sources is comprised of about 80% African-American players. Mr. Kaepernick is half White and half Black. Apparently he identifies with his black half, therefore he promotes the idea that black people are still overtly and continually oppressed in this country.

Whether Mr. Kaepernick’s observations are correct or not the reality is a symbolic protest does very little if nothing to correct the inequities that Mr. Kaepernick wishes to address. If Mr. Kaepernick, the Black players in the NFL and their supporters are really looking for true answers to their concerns, rather than their gratuitous swipes at the President via their “Everybody [In the NFL] vs. Trump” tees, I have a suggestion to start.

The NFL is a multi-billion dollar organization and it employs multi-million dollar employees. This stated, there are enough resources in this group to tackle any problem that the NFL and it’s employees focuses on.

For example, not last weekend but the weekend prior, at the NFL protest high point, about 200 players, coaches and owners either knelt, linked arms or stayed in the locker room during the National Anthem. All of these actions were in violation of NFL rules and procedure governing behavior during the National Anthem. This pass weekend the Black Power fist in the air was added to the lessening numbers of NFL players willing to follow along with the protests.

No matter what your feeling is about what players are doing, I think we can all agree that what they are doing has not been effective in achieving their goals. Many of us still are not sure what the player’s goals are, therefore as a PR move this protest is highly ineffective.

However if Players actually want to do something about the injustices they see may I suggest a plan of action.

First each concerned and protesting player should donate one million dollars to a foundation to address the concerns of racial injustice in America or whatever they are protesting. The NFL should match this fund since it is complicit in these protests. So at minimum if 200 players donate one million dollars that totals 200 million dollars. The NFL’s matching fund would bring the total to 400 million dollars. (NFL Sponsors should donate as well).

400 million dollars can and will fund an organization, which would focus like a laser on the problems the players are concerned with. This is twenty-four seven no distractions, no conflicts of interests, focus.

One million dollars per player will put their money where their protests are. And in addition, an organization as I described will do some things in permanent and tangible ways.

There was a time in America under the cruel whip of slavery Black’s had nothing but a hope and a prayer. In the ‘60 Black added to hope and prayer symbolism and protests. Surely in the 21st century with more Black millionaires and billionaires than ever in the history of the world someone can come up with an idea better than a Black power salute, a kneel and a prayer, or the linking of arms. Come on NAACP, come on Urban League, and come on Rainbow coalition or any of you so called rights and help groups. No ideas or progress in fifty years?

Blacks, you now have the resources that your slave ancestors; mothers and fathers prayed for. Rise up from your knees, lower your fists, unlink your arms, open your checkbooks and be men and women. Do something with your wealth and you will MAKE the change you seek.

Protesting? that’s so ‘60s!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Here’s your solution NFL and the rest of you SOBs that got involved

Since this piece is about the NFL and it’s employees lets examine that relationship specifically. The NFL is a very complex organization, however for the sake of this conversation I’ll attempt to keep it simple. The NFL has rules of conduct which governs the behaviors of it’s employees. You are probably already aware of that fact. Following is what the NFL says about conduct regarding the National anthem.
The answer to all the turmoil the NFL presently finds itself embroiled in is elegant in it’s simplicity. To kneel or not to kneel that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer. The slings and arrows of ubiquitous injustices past and present. Or to take a knee against a sea of troubles. And by kneeling end them. To protest fist in air, to be woke--. No more—and by protest to say we all win.

Okay, okay Hamlet’s Soliloquy is a bit much but my point is all of this drama is excessive. Why are we fighting and why are we using sports as a MMA cage for this fight?

Originally Colin Kaepernick said he wished to draw attention to police injustices. But recently everyone is attempting to use this protest to strike out at the President of the United States of America. Whatever your reasons can we all agree that the protest has not achieved Kaepernick’s original desired intent?

So what is the simple solution that I promised? The answer is right there before us and here it is, every man, woman and child connected with the NFL, when the National Anthem is played if you are on the side line, as you should be, stand quietly and respectfully with your helmet under your left arm. Stand there until the anthem is completed. After the anthem is completed then you may resume your normal activities. There, I told you the answer is simple.

Then, you may say to me,“Well what about the player’s rights?” Which rights are you referring to? Freedom to protest? Freedom to express oneself? Freedom of speech? Those rights? None of these “rights” apply. "Why?" You ask. Here's why, rights are enshrined in the United States Constitution. In general the Constitution outlines the relationship between the individual and the state or the government. The Constitution recognizes that there are God given rights, which each individual has. Rights which the government should not and must not impede upon.

That would be the end of the story except that the individual has other relationships. There is the parent and child relationship, the marital relationship and the employer and employee relationship to simply name a few. Each of these relationships have certain special and unique conditions and expectations.

Since this piece is about the NFL and it’s employees lets examine that relationship specifically. The NFL is a very complex organization, however for the sake of this conversation I’ll attempt to keep it simple. The NFL has rules of conduct which governs the behaviors of it’s employees. You are probably already aware of that fact. Following is what the NFL says about conduct regarding the National anthem.

NFL Game Operations Manuel

The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag our country. Failure to be the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.

So this discussion is not really about rights, is it? No this discussion is about the Employer, employee relationship between the NFL and it’s players/employees. Also this discussion is about the relationship between the NFL and it’s fans.

According to the NFL ‘s Game Operations Manuel there is no kneeling, no staying in the locker room, and no pregame stretching during the National Anthem.

Simple situation, the NFL should enforce it’s own rule because as the rule states, “It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag our country.” (Boy that’s kind of an understatement isn’t it!)

Finally, the NFL has caused major damage to it’s own image and to the relationship with it’s fans. For whatever reason the NFL chose to ignore it’s own rule therefore making the NFL complicit in the disrespect that it’s employees demonstrated to our National Anthem, our Country, and to us the citizens of this country, and last the NFL has caused major damage between itself and with NFL fans.

Solution, NFL, follow your own rule book. In addition to that you’re going to have to spend some money on a lot of television ads. Then this is what you should do, you should have every player, coach and owner who locked arms and knelled in disrespect to the American people and to NFL fans, apologize to America on your television ads for your misguided and bad behavior.

After that can we please just play football?

Monday, September 25, 2017

Why the NFL and NBA loses this fight

Donald J. Trump is therefore carrying the banner for the fifty-nine million Americans who voted for him. Not because we follow him, on the contrary, he listened to us and again he got our train.
Every Liberal organizer and strategist understands optics, the political science of designing issues to look best for your Political side’s interests.

It’s astonishing to see America’s Left’s ignorance as to how they look to Americans regarding their ”take a knee protests”. Sure in the minds of the NFLPA, which is the NFL’s players union (who is actually orchestrating this League wide “take a knee” effort) they are only virtue signaling to their popular culture homies. The message? “Hey we wanted Hillary to win too! We don’t accept Trump as a legitimate President.” “After all, even though there is no proof, we believe the Russians hacked the election and give Trump the presidency.”

Every sports figure that has refused to go to the White House during president Trump’s term is taking a knee, every sports star, owner or coach that makes a negative interview commit about the president is taking a knee. It’s divisive and it’s virtue signaling!

What the Left seems to be missing is in 2016 the American electorate had eight years of your greatest orator, Barack Hussein Obama, Obama made the Left's best case for fundamentally changing America. By hook or by crook Democrats attempted to do just that by undermining traditional American values.

But in 2016 the American people revolted against those ideas. Seeing that revolt Donald J. Trump got on our train and rode passed eleven to twelve Republican primary presidential wanna-bes and then defeated the greatest political scam artist in American history, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Donald J. Trump is therefore, carrying the banner for the fifty-nine million Americans who voted for him. Not because we follow him, on the contrary, he listened to us and again he got our train.

So what are the optics? The optics are President Trump is standing up for America and the American people when he speaks about the NFL players disrespecting America. We see kneelers acting in ways that disrespect America.

On the other hand, Kneelers see themselves as disrespecting a president whom they don’t see as a legitimate president. Therefore they are permitted to do or say anything disrespectful against him.

President Trump defending the American idea. Kneelers disrespecting a dully elected president.

Yeah, the NFL and the NBA loses on those optics all day long and Democrats lose on those optics in the election years 2018 and 2020!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Why Democrats are willing to work with President Trump and Republicans are not

Now that President Trump is associating with the uncool Republicans he is being shunned by the cheerleaders and the jocks but what is even more surprising is the uncool kids of the Republican Party are ostracizing the President too! Why, because they constantly seek the approval of the vacuous Democrats. So this desperate move to disassociate with the President is nothing more than a pitiful solicitation to the good graces of Democrats.
Most of us have seen one or two ‘80’s come of age movies portraying life in American high schools. The scripts are virtually cookie cutter. There is the popular in group that dominates the social atmosphere of the school and then there is everyone else.

The popular group, though vacuous, dominates by peer pressure and group think. They enforce their will on the school’s inferior populist by offering their approval or disapproval of a particular person or subject. As such a movie would depict, in such a school not even teachers or administrators are immune to the control of the cool voguish cheerleaders and jocks of the popular crowd.

This fictitious satirical representation of high school life is now the reality in American politics.

We exist in a political setting where the cool voguish Democrat cheerleaders and jocks of the Progressive movement controls the rest of us. They tell the rest of us what things are important, what to think, which statutes to keep, how to speak, which words are acceptable, which words are not. This is why Actors, Singers, Rappers, Democrat politicians and football players think we care about their opinions. This is why they believe they can tell the rest of us what to do.

This scenario also explains why Republicans are so reluctant to do anything that might displease the leaders of the politically popular crowd, Democrats. Republicans know that one unpopular stance or person in their midst might relegate them to the harsh wrath of Democrat disapproval and the unpopularity table in the school cafeteria.

Enter one Donald John Trump once a darling of the cool hip elite in-crowd but in recent times he has fallen into disfavor. What is his sin? He’s palling around with that unpopular crowd, Republicans. Interestingly enough, before Barack Obama was president he said he wished to become like Donald Trump.

Now that President Trump is associating with the uncool Republicans he is being shunned by the cheerleaders and the jocks but what is even more surprising is the uncool kids of the Republican Party are ostracizing the President too! Why, because they constantly seek the approval of the vacuous Democrats. So this desperate move to disassociate with the President is nothing more than a pitiful solicitation to the good graces of Democrats.

However, one of the most interesting developments is seen in the recent Trump, Pelosi and Schumer meetings. Meetings were Democrats appear to show no trouble with the appearance of working with President Trump. They don’t seem to be worried and they shouldn’t be!

You see they have a long history of turning out Republican presidents. They made George ‘read my lips’ Bush eat his words (he raised taxes), Democrats got comprehensive immigration reform from Ronald Reagan (a mistake for the Republican Party), and they virtually nullified and crippled the entire George W. Bush presidency with made up scandals (Chad-gate being the start).

So why wouldn’t Democrats work with President Trump? It is in their interest to do so. Democrats will work with the President as long as it serves their interests. Republicans, refuse to work with him because they want the popular kids (Democrats) to like them. How’s that working for you Republicans?

In the ‘80’s movies, the unpopular kid always wins over the popular crowd with an undeniable act or accomplishment. If the president is smart enough restore American jobs, improve the lives of middle-class workers and end the incessant attacks on American citizenship and sovereignty with either the cheerleaders and jocks, Democrats or the grossly unpopular Republicans his political detractors will find a hostile electorate in 2018 and 2020 and President Trump will ride a popularity wave to his second term.