IN TODAY’S EDITION
- Trump gives voice to millions of Americans fed up with politicized sports.
- John McCain is standing in the way of his own promises on ObamaCare.
- Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.
“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.” —George Washington (1796)
President Donald Trump tapped into the sentiment of the vast majority of Americans over the weekend, and the Leftmedia hate him for it. “Trump turns sports into a political battleground,” headlined The Washington Post, as if athletes, coaches, owners and commentators hadn’t already politicized sports. What Trump did do was give voice from the most powerful bully pulpit in the land to what many Americans already think: Athletes who make millions of dollars each year to entertain us on the field should not spit in the face of our great nation by disrespecting the national anthem before games. Take the activism off the field.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—h off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!' ” Trump said Friday. “You know, some owner is going to do that. He’s going to say, 'That guy that disrespects our flag, he’s fired.’ And that owner, they don’t know it [but] they’ll be the most popular person in this country.” Trump made other similar comments throughout the weekend.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded with a complete lack of self-awareness: “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.” It is the NFL that is allowing divisiveness and “an unfortunate lack of respect” for our country to be showcased every Sunday.
“Roger Goodell of NFL just put out a statement trying to justify the total disrespect certain players show to our country,” Trump responded on Twitter. “Tell them to stand!”
The reaction in the NFL was predictable. Many more players joined the anthem protests, taking knees and locking arms. Even a couple of owners joined in. One instance that stood out was the Pittsburgh Steelers, who didn’t take the field at all until after the national anthem — except for Steelers offensive tackle and former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva. “This We’ll Defend” is the U.S. Army motto, and he upheld it with honor. For his part, coach Mike Tomlin was critical … of Villanueva. “I was looking for 100 percent participation. We were gonna be respectful of our football team,” he complained of Villanueva standing alone. Tomlin hoped to avoid controversy by skipping the anthem entirely, he claimed, but we’ll bet his Rust Belt fan base sees it differently. The same goes for the Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks, who skipped the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
Worse, the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars took their protest to London, where they disrespected our nation and flag on foreign soil. Yet they stood for the UK’s anthem, “God Save the Queen.” God save the one who can’t see why that’s outrageous.
Of course, it all started last year when Colin Kaepernick, who was abandoned by his black parents, then adopted and raised by a loving white couple, complained, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Leftists made Kaepernick a hero for his, er, stand, and then a martyr when no team would pick up the struggling quarterback and his following media circus.
Two weeks ago, ahead of the 9/11 attack observance, former Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown criticized the Browns team and Kaepernick for disrespecting our country: “I’m going to give you the real deal. I’m an American. I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem. I’m not gonna do anything against the flag and the national anthem. … This is my country, and I’ll work out the problems, but I’ll do it in an intelligent manner.”
That is the “real deal,” and the Browns got off their knees, but apparently there are still a lot of petulant overpaid adolescent athletes who think NFL fans are buying their fake celebrity indignation.
As The Wall Street Journal put it, “Americans don’t begrudge athletes their free-speech rights — see the popularity of Charles Barkley — but disrespecting the national anthem puts partisanship above a symbol of nationhood that thousands have died for. Players who chose to kneel shouldn’t be surprised that fans around the country booed them on Sunday.” Millions more aren’t booing — they’re just tuning out.
And while the media blame this all on Trump, all he did was represent Americans fed up with the Left’s political garbage.
While Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) fancies himself as a “maverick,” the moniker of “RINO in chief” is more fitting. This reality has become all the more obvious this year as Republicans repeatedly failed in their attempts to repeal ObamaCare, with McCain proving to be one of the biggest road blocks. The GOP’s latest and perhaps last attempt at repealing Barack Obama’s disastrous law was handed a potentially lethal blow on Friday when McCain stated that he would not vote in favor of the Graham-Cassidy overhaul.
Over the weekend McCain further explained his reasoning: “As I have repeatedly stressed, health care reform legislation ought to be the product of regular order in the Senate. Committees of jurisdiction should mark up legislation with input from all committee members, and send their bill to the floor for debate and amendment. That is the only way we might achieve bipartisan consensus on lasting reform, without which a policy that affects one-fifth of our economy and every single American family will be subject to reversal with every change of administration and congressional majority.” In other words, McCain is against this law because it fails to gain bipartisan support.
Maybe McCain forgot that the “Affordable” Care Act itself does not meet his legislative standards, as it was passed strictly along party lines in the dead of night. Alas, no, he didn’t forget. McCain further opined, “We should not be content to pass health care legislation on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed ObamaCare through Congress in 2009.” Or maybe he believes that legislative standard should only be applied to Republican bills.
Unfortunately, it seems evident that McCain (and a few other Republicans) has no desire to get rid of ObamaCare. So he’s playing the procedural purist card in defense of his unwillingness to keep his promise to repeal ObamaCare. He’s choosing to take a knee, proudly trumpeting his own independence rather than standing by his promises and with his team.
While the vast majority of Republicans have consistently worked and voted to end the egregious governmental power grab of ObamaCare, it’s the few donkeys dressed up in elephant costumes who have derailed the agenda and sullied the brand.
Donald Trump rescinds White House invitation to Stephen Curry, NBA’s Warriors (USA Today)
NASCAR draws line on protesting during national anthem (The Washington Times)
DHS tells 21 states they were Russia hacking targets before 2016 election (The Hill)
Experts say medical care next big cyber threat (The Washington Free Beacon)
Anthony Weiner sentenced to 21 months in federal prison (The Washington Post)
North Korea says rockets to U.S. “inevitable” after Trump dubs Kim “rocket man” (Reuters)
Free Speech Week at Berkeley is canceled (The New York Times)
Comey’s speech at Howard University interrupted by student protesters (CNS News)
Germany’s election — Merkel stumbles (but still wins) (National Review)
Nashville church shooting: Masked man kills woman, injures seven in Antioch before usher with a gun stops him (The Tennessean)
Policy: Government scorekeepers are wrong. Corporate tax reform would mostly help workers, not the rich. (The Daily Signal)
Policy: The “retirement savings gap” is really a government funding gap (Investor’s Business Daily)
For more, visit Patriot Headline Report.
MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST
- Left Politicizes Entertainment, Americans Tune Out — Whether it’s the Emmys, summer movies or sports, we’re getting pretty tired of the Left’s war on culture.
- News Flash: Biological Sex Is Fixed — A Leftmedia social justice warrior frets that “gender stereotypes” are harmful for boys and girls.
- California vs. Texas: Poverty Edition — Smaller government that focuses on individual freedom is a better recipe than welfare for fighting poverty.
BEST OF RIGHT OPINION
- Tony Perkins: Frictional Characters Threaten GOP Repeal
- Burt Prelutsky: Enemies, Foreign & Domestic
- Bill Mundhausen: Bridenstine to Lead NASA? Why Not?
For more, visit Right Opinion.
OPINION IN BRIEF
Burt Prelutsky: “When we think about the nation’s domestic enemies, we shouldn’t limit ourselves to the likes of George Soros, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Al Franken, Maxine Waters and Hillary Clinton. We should never overlook Barack Obama, who went from being the worst president in U.S. history to being the worst ex-president, wresting both titles away from Jimmy Carter. Talk about records you never dream will ever be broken. In case it escaped your attention, as it apparently has the attention of the mass media, Obama has created a gang of 30,000 traitors under the banner of Organizing for Action, and staffed it with many of the deplorables who did so much to make the eight years of his administration such an unmitigated disaster, including his very own Rasputin, Valerie Jarrett. The mission statement of the group is the usual litany of left-wing lunacy, including gun control (confiscation), socialized medicine, federally funded abortions on demand, climate change legislation and immigration reform (open borders). … As [Thomas] Sowell writes: ‘If Barack Obama did not do enough to destroy this country in the eight years he was in office, it appears his future plans are to destroy the very foundation on which this country has operated for the past 241 years.’”
The Gipper: “The challenge of statesmanship is to have the vision to dream of a better, safer world and the courage, persistence, and patience to turn that dream into reality.”
Braying Jackass: “We welcome the world’s tired and poor and huddled masses to our shores. … We are going to continue to have the Statue of Liberty be our symbol, not that damned wall!” —Chuck Schumer
Braying Jenny: “Kim Jung’s [sic] letter to @realDonaldTrump is a little bit more sane than @realDonaldTrump. Maybe we trade?” —Chelsea Handler
Non Compos Mentis: “Hurricane Irma knocked out the power while residents of the Florida town of Titusville sought shelter inside Apollo Elementary School. But there remained a source of electricity in Classroom 408, thanks to an economic stimulus program set in motion by President Barack Obama in his first days in office. … [Trump voters] did not likely offer thanks to Obama for the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which funded such public projects as the $10 million UCF Florida Solar Energy Center program to create SunSmart E-Shelters in 115 schools.” —The Daily Beast’s Michael Daly
Village Idiots: “The Electoral College Is a National Security Threat.” —Matthew Olsen and Benjamin Haas in Politico
Demo-gogues: “[John] McCain, he’s staring death in the face right now, so he’s probably going to make good choices and he’s not going to bend to political pressure [by voting for ObamaCare repeal].” —Rep. Matt Cartwright
Conformity: “It doesn’t matter whether they’re black, or white, Latino, Asian-American or Native American. When you see something that’s not right, not fair, not just, you have an obligation to do something, to say something. … I believe in the philosophy and the discipline of nonviolence, but sometimes I feel like taking a bullwhip and just saying to people, ‘You get your butt up. You go out there and do what you must do.’” —Rep. John Lewis
And last… “Many folks cool w/ NFL players disrespecting the American flag after years of saying Tebow’s personal beliefs have no place on the field.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor
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