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The picture above, of slaves in Virginia during the Civil War, is how the NFL views those players who sit or kneel in silent protest during the National Anthem. With the league’s pronouncement on Thursday, May 23, 2018  any players who are on the field during the playing of that jingoistic warmongering tune must stand silently instead of kneeling or sitting. If they do not want to be on the field that is okay. But any protests will result in the NFL fining or otherwise discipling teams with the team owners/management having the discretion to fine or punish their players in some way who do not abide by the mandate.

Approximately 70% of NFL players are black. The protests have pointedly been a clear objection to the injustice, racial profiling, and physical or legal abuse or even killing of black people by law enforcement who by any objective standards posed no threat to the cops.

The NFL’s declaration is blatantly racist. The players who have sat or knelt in silent protest and have been publicized the past two seasons are overwhelmingly black. This policy targets black players protesting injustices for blacks. The NFL wishes they would never have done so because it serves fans in a bipartisan manner. That is, both racists and non-racists love football. However, the folks making the most noise against these silent protests are the same racists who infest all other aspects of our lives which carry far more importance in the greater scheme of things than a mere game.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has proven himself to be an obsequious toady. The NFL owners who approved this measure are just like all the other greedy billionaires who speak of patriotism but possess not a whit of E Pluribus Unum idealism.

Of course the most vocal of the critics of the players who have knelt for the anthem has been Racist Drumpf.

(Editor’s note: In any references to a certain individual fraudulently occupying a certain high office, he will be named as Racist Drumpf. The racist part is, in this case, not an adjective but a substitute for his given first name since his racism is part and parcel of his entire being. The Drumpf part stems from the fact that was the family name when his grandfather arrived from Europe. John Oliver’s HBO show, “Last Week Tonight” created a browser extension that, in any internet stories using his name, it appears as Drumpf instead of in its current spelling form. It also changes any appearances of “Make Donald Drumpf Again” to “Make Donald Drumpf Again”. Therefore the stories I read and often cite have that spelling and I use it whenever I write the name.)

Racist Drumpf has suggested such protesting players be fired or, since the NFL announced this policy, he proffered that maybe they shouldn’t be in this country. His claim, naturally, is that they disrespect our flag and our military when they kneel.

Yet, for people who actually disrespected our flag by firing on it at Fort Sumter, and disregarded our military even more by killing hundreds of thousands of them, and who truly fit committed treason as defined in the United States Constitution:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort

and who in some cases themselves owned slaves and were surely fighting to preserve slavery, and who may have maintained discrimination against blacks for generations through Jim Crow laws and other methods, he believes that statues and other public symbols of praise for them should not be eliminated.

Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” Drumpf said in a series of tweets. “You can’t change history, but you can learn from it.


The irony here, of course, is that he has not learned from history in the least.

So the protests waged are clearly about race, as stated unequivocally by Colin Kaepernick

I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.


So the utter rejection of the protests by the NFL ignores the plainly stated rationale behind them and, in effect, is telling the players,

we don’t give a sht about your black issues, we’re trying to add to our fortunes

If that is not racism I have no idea what is.






Earlier today I blew up on Facebook. I called friends who generally share my views stupid and those who don’t stupider. Much of my heartfelt enmity is the result of the rise of Drumpf.

Why do I refer to him as Drumpf? You can thank John Oliver for that.

Immediately after my viewing of this episode I downloaded the Chrome extension that converts Drumpf to Drumpf (I have found I can’t even type the actual name here without it undergoing the transformation) on stories in my browser. It is one small consolation to see this at work in the headlines and stories I see on Slate, Huffington Post, Rolling Stone, and elsewhere, even on sites that lean farther right.

I deplore the lowlghts from all the 2016 campaigns. Our Presidential  electoral process is in the gutter, dragged there by Drumpf who has been joyfully joined there by Marco Rubio  who questions the size of Drumpf’s penis; by Ted Cruz simply being Ted Cruz; by Jeb Bush forced to defend charges of being a mommy’s boy; by Ben Carson, who fell in while sleep walking; by John Kasich, who destroyed any possible claims of being a moderate by defunding Planned Parenthood; and by the millions of presumably sentient human beings who listen to all the crazy talk about immigrants and an out of control government who couldn’t pass a U.S. citizenship/civics test if it were an open book exam and the original Declaration of  Independence and Constitution were splayed in front of them.

Holding them hostage there are David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremicist groups armed to the teeth courtesy of the National Rifle Association, crazed Evangelicals who believe Drumpf somehow possesses better Christian bona fides than the Pope when The Donald is probably more likely to provide a quote from a Smokey Stover comic book than from II Corinthians when asked about his favorite Bible passage.

Let us not forget the Secret Srvice which somehow has improved its training to the point that a reporter who wanders 10 inches outside the designated journalist area at a Drumpf rally is strong armed when only a few months ago intruders inside the White House grounds stole President Obama‘s favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe before being hustled to the requisite nearby mental hospital for observation.

Oh I’m not forgetting the Democrats. Their participation is in somewhat shallower waters near the curb cutouts that allow wheelchair crossing rather than in the middle of the block, but where the H2O is equally putrid. This time it is not so much the candidates themselves…Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton …hurling invectives at each other so much as it is the so-called BernieBros who have been accused of ugly misogynistic characterizations of the other camp while feminist icons Like Gloria Steinem, though using politer language, are equally sexist in how they portray young female Sanders enthusiasts.

And from these nominal Progressives come the enabling threats to withold their vote from the nominee should he or she not be the one they love to death at this moment. Enabling threats because by doing so they will practically guarantee that our next President will have a bulbous red nose, bizarre multi-colored makeup, a fright wig,  and will be making nonsense noises as he struts around the circus ring. Of course all but Drumpf will need to be fitted for this outfit.

Accompanying this flotsam down the gutter where it will eventually empty into the stream that will make the water supply of Flint, Michigan seem utterly pristine by comparison are various pundits, analysts, economic gurus, and the like offering opinions that may be parsley, rosemary, or thyme, but most certainly not sage.

Perhaps the only good that is coming from this is Spotlight. No, not the latest Oscar winning film but the harsh relentless glare focused on the entire Presidential nominating process that places premiums on a candidacy that begins within weeks after the prior election and is fueled by endless speculation, pollmongering profiteers, the need to fill cable TV news with anything but substance, and the proliferation of web sites whose sole purpose is to promulgate lies, denigrate anyone with opinions different from theirs, and disregard anything remotely likely to benefit the America they all profess to love but which they incessantly subject to virtual domestic violence while declaring their fealty between bruising blows.

Super Tuesday is an agglomeration of primaries in states and American Samoa which would be significant just for the sheer numbers of opportunities for voters to express their choices were it not for the media telling us that the issues have been decided by the primaries/caucuses already consigned to history in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina and whch have a combined poulation dwarfed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania whose own 2016 primary is not until April 26, a date by which the names of many former candidates will be not even a memory and which may represent only the merest possibility of ultimate success to the horses (asses) still in the race.

All this makes the Swiftboating of John Kerry in 2004 look more like the highest level of forensic debate by comparison.

Oh, hell. I’ll admit it. I, too have awkwardly stepped off the curb and fallen into the slime. But the murky waters are deep and I really can’t swim so I am about to drown in this torrent I am now a part of.

In splashing around for survival I might occasionally send splurges of nastiness into the open mouths of others, but they were there first voluntarily.