Monday, July 23, 2018
There They Go Again...
Friends, the NFL seems to have a death wish. It's clear that last year their inaction in response to players' decision to kneel (or otherwise to show disrespect) during the national anthem did considerable damage to the League's image and brand. It seemed that they had wised up during the off-season and had instituted a new policy that would punish players who knelt on the field. But not so fast. Now, under pressure from the players' union, the League is backtracking, and the policy has been put on hold. What will happen when you tune into the first NFL games of the season? Nothing good -- that's my guess. Even if the NFL stuck to its new policy, given how feckless it's been on the issue, I would be shocked if some players didn't kneel regardless. Would the League actually punish, even suspend, black players for "protesting racism"? It's almost inconceivable in this PC age. The sad thing is that this whole kerfuffle could have been avoided, had the NFL acted with some backbone when the first player took a knee. President Trump is right -- that player should have been tossed out on his ear. That would have been that. As it is, the NFL will have to twist in the wind for another season, victimized by its own cowardice. C'est la vie.
In other news, President Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of people like ex-CIA Director John Brennan, who called Trump's press conference with Russian President Putin "treasonous". I say: do it! It's one thing to criticize an administration you don't like, but men like Brennan have been running a sophisticated campaign to paint the President of the United States as a foreign agent -- without any solid evidence of collusion or "treason" whatsoever. President Obama gave "aid and comfort" to many traditional enemies of the United States, and he was never accused of a capital crime by responsible voices on the right. Instead he was accused of being a bad President. That's not enough for the likes of Brennan, however. They insist on blackening the name of President Trump and trashing the reputation of American democracy to anyone who will listen. Brennan has, in my view, ceased to be a patriotic servant of the American people. He has become instead an enemy of the American people and of our government. Let him spew his venom all he likes, but he should not have a security clearance, period.