The National Football League might be arguably the most popular professional sports league in the world. It is without question the most popular of the many professional leagues here in the United States. The recent anthem protests by several players has really put that popularity to the test. Many fans seem to be tuning out and ratings of the games are in a downward spiral. I hear many fans saying they are through with watching professional football and talks of more boycotts are sure to come if these protests continue by these disrespectful players.
As a huge lifetime fan of the league, I thought hard and long about boycotting this season and refusing to watch any games. Seeing players disrespect our flag by taking a knee during the anthem rubbed me the wrong way. How could a player who is privileged to be making millions of dollars by just playing a game show such lack of appreciation for this country? It seems like these protests are a direct slap in the face for many fans like myself who love this country. Then it dawned on me that these players represent a small minority of players in the league. A huge majority still have enough common decency to stand for just a few minutes and show some respect to our country. I am sure many are not entirely totally happy with what has gone on with the recent police shootings of unarmed black men, but they put those things aside to show just a little appreciation for how fortunate they are to be living in the United States.
Furthermore, many of these NFL players are extremely active in the community. Many use their off days to visit hospitals and schools. I saw a number of players from our local team visit a hospital and surely brighten the day of a young boy who was undergoing cancer treatment. These type of stories go widely unnoticed by the media. They like to focus on all the bad things that players do. Included among those players are probably some who are protesting. And let us not forget about J.J. Watt, a young player who organized a relief effort for victims of Hurricane Harvey. If you are going to criticize players for being unpatriotic, you might want to look at players such as Watt who has given so much time and effort to help those in need. There are many other players just like him who will sacrifice much to help out a fellow American. That is what this country is all about.
When I think of this acts of helping others, it makes me forget the actions of just a few knuckleheads. There are plenty of good dudes in the NFL and they are really worthy of our support. They do a lot for our country. I know many people are really upset with some of the players and the league’s response to these protests. I just think that we need to look at the total picture and understand that this league is filled by a majority of players who love this country. I don’t think boycotting the league at this time is the answer. I will still continue to watch and enjoy what is by far the best professional league going today.
The alleged sexual wrongdoings towards women of Hollywood film director Harvey Weinstein has generated a lot of buzz in the news during the past few weeks. This story is sure not go away anytime soon with more women coming forward with allegations against Mr. Weinstein. I understand that Weinstein was a huge donor to the Democratic party. He was apparently very tight with the likes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and other liberal elites. The other day, a thought came to my mind about poor old Harvey; suppose he was a big donor for the Republican party instead, lets just think for a minute what might happen to him.
Can anyone doubt for one minute what would happen to him if that were true? Suppose he professed his allegiance to President Trump and talked openly about how great many conservatives are in this country? The outrage towards him would be off the charts! Feminists from all over the country would be marching in the streets demanding this type of cruel behavior towards women change. Politicians such as Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi would have wasted no time in condemning Weinstein and the Republican party. The regular mainstream media of NBC, CBS and ABC would probably lead off their newscasts with the wrongdoings of Weinstein for the next year! And lets not forget CNN, they would have 24 hour coverage of him. Poor old Harvey would probably be forced to leave the country with a one way ticket to Siberia. And still that would not be good enough. We would be hearing endless lectures by the Hollywood elite about how we must not treat women like some piece of meat.
Thankfully for Weinstein, he will not have to endure the consequences of his actions because he is a Marxist Democrat. You see, if you belong to this club, you get a pass on many immoral types of behavior, see Bill Clinton. Don’t get me, the coverage on him will continue but the level of outrage will not be the same because he a huge donor to the Democratic party. Someday, probably even in the near future, this whole story will be swept under the rug and nobody will remember.
I think any American should be outraged over the double standards that apply to certain people. Anyone who uses their power and authority to treat women like dogs should face equal outrage no matter what party they belong to. Sadly, the level of outrage never seems to be the same for a Democrat who acts like a pig compared to a Republican. A Democrat always seems to get a pass and usually the accuser suddenly becomes the villain and the accused becomes the victim. Sexual harassment is just plain wrong for anyone, Democrat or Republican. Unfortunately as this story shows, we have a huge double standard in this country over these types of stories, especially when it comes from the folks of Hollywood. Harvey Weinstein deserves no special treatment whatsoever. This man has allegedly committed serious crimes against women and he must face the consequences just like anyone else should.
Many of us take our homes and valuable possessions for granted. We are extremely blessed to have a nice roof over our heads to come home to every night after work. Very few of us even consider that someday, that precious house could no longer be there; perhaps a natural disaster like a tornado could totally destroy the home and leave us totally homeless. Nobody can plan for these events and there are currently many families in this country who are feeling the pain and empty feeling of being homeless. The recent high profile hurricanes that struck the Houston, Puerto Rico and Florida areas along with the wildfires of Northern California have turned the lives of many folks upside down.
I have watched a lot of coverage of the wildfires and hurricanes on the news and my first reaction was putting myself in that terrible situation. Suppose I had spent and invested many years of hard work into making my house the best possible place to live. Then suddenly a dangerous wildfire or hurricane was fast approaching. I hurry out of town and come back to see my house in total ruins. Imagine the feeling those poor people must have? What do I do next? The feeling must be totally awful and scary. My heart really goes out to those people who have lost so much.
I guess a silver lining behind all of this is that the human toll could have been greater given all things considered. If you lost your home, but still have your family that is the most important thing to consider from these awful events. Homes can be replaced, people cannot be. Sure it would be extremely terrible to come back to a ruined home, but many of those same people can be extremely thankful that they can have a chance to rebuild and start a new life with their family members still alive.
One of things that really touched me about these events was the overwhelming helpfulness of so many people from all around the country. People are donating money to total strangers in an effort to help these poor victims. When I see that, it makes me proud to be living in this country. Helping out others in need are what makes this country so great. So many people are putting aside their own personal time to help a fellow American in need. I only wish I could do more to help the thousands of victims who have been deeply hurt by these events.
I know after seeing these events on the news that I will never take my home ever for granted. Nobody in this country is safe from a natural disaster. Just because you are living in a nice, beautiful house does not mean it will be there tomorrow. My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the many victims who have been affected by these awful natural disasters and wildfires. America is pulling for you to get your lives back on track.
The recent acts by certain NFL players of kneeling during the national anthem has generated a considerable amount of controversy and debate across the country. If you ask any of the protesting players what they are protesting about, you will likely get a variety of answers, but the one common answer will about racism, more specifically the way people of color and minorities are treated by the police in this country. No, it is not about the flag they say, it is about bringing to light the social injustices in this country towards blacks. Many of them want people to start a conversation about the topic of being treated unfairly by the cops. Ok, fair enough, but what about other social issues facing minorities? Why do they get shoved under rug and not brought up?
I can certainly understand the pressing need that some folks seem to have towards the police and how they treat blacks. There have been some recent high-profile killings of black men by police officers. I agree that questions need to by asked about these events and why did they happen. I do find it rather ridiculous that some people seem to think that people of color are targeted by police for no reason at all. That to me is simply ludicrous. Many of those events were the fault of the victims themselves. Yet many people, such as those protesting and outspoken grandstanding social justice players, seem to think that it is the most important and disturbing issue facing blacks in this country today.
I have a thought or maybe a question that needs to be addressed. Why is gang violence in many cities such as Chicago not met with the same passion as these acts by the police? If you want to talk about an injustice in this country, I would think this topic should by way up on the ladder. Sadly, we never seem to have many professional athletes speak up against the ever-increasing gang violence going on in this country. It is out of control in Chicago. Black on black crime is an epidemic in this country that needs to stop. Why is this happening and what can by done to stop it.
Another social issue that is often bypassed is the fact that there are so many single family homes in the black community. The children of these homes grow up in many cases without any fatherly guidance. It is alarming to see the number of absent fathers in this community. Once again, why are athletes not outspoken about this issue? How many have actually donated their time and resources towards helping out the children of these families?
I read a story in the newspaper the other day about the widening income gap between white and black people in my state of Minnesota. Education and high school graduation rates continue to have a wide gap as well. Why are people not as outraged about these things too? I think it would be wonderful for a high-profile black athlete to come out and start speaking out for the importance of getting a good education. For many children of these broken homes, education is the furthest thing on their minds.
If these athletes want the rest of us to start paying attention to their claims and in their words “start having a conversation”, we better include some of these topics in the mix as well. If we start digging deeper into some of these problems, certain people might start feeling a little uncomfortable because they might just be the reason we are having these social problems in the United States. Stop cherry picking about just a few issues and let’s do a deeper look into all of the problems. By solving one, we may be able to solve many others at the same time. In my mind, police brutality ranks at the bottom of what minorities should be concerned about. Don’t get me wrong, we need to discuss our criminal justice systems towards people of color, but there are bigger and more pressing issues that need attention first. Unfortunately, these issues do not fit the agendas of many of those anthem protesters and their ideologies.