The First Amendment is Now Racist ™
At least, according to some members of the NFL Players Union. I know, shocking that a Union is being divisive, non-tolerant and carrying water for political agendas. It’s almost as if Unions are an arm of the Democrat political machine! And by almost I, of course, mean they totally are.
Yeah, now THIS baloney is personal. Because it is forcing ME to talk about something Sporty oriented and that simply doesn’t suit. Not a sport’s enthusiast; I’m not a fan of getting all sweaty and out of breath if there is nothing in it for ME. Plus, the risk of nail breakage is far too high. And I’ve yet to find a sport’s uniform that includes super cute strappy sandals.
From Say Anything Blog:
Just so we’re clear, the union is fine with the players in the league who are criminals (both petty and not so petty), but a man who engages in a perfectly legal business enterprise and is only controversial in so far as he uses his 1st amendment rights to voice opinions others disagree with somehow isn’t fit to participate in the league?
Rush Limbaugh uses his First Amendment rights to provide his personal opinions and commentary, entertain people and often enlighten them? How hate-filled and discriminatory! I mean, he points out the truth regarding the liberal agenda and shines a light on the miscreants in Washington – egad! The utter gall of the man! How dare he “discriminate” against, um, oh yeah, THE PEOPLE IN POWER. Smearing them with truth and logic. The villain!
Evidently, the NFL claims their goal is to “unify” and “transcend” stuff. Perhaps transcend vile acts like dog killing? No, no, that’s fine – we don’t want to be closed-minded and intolerant, right? Maybe unified against sex crimes against women? Unified against shooting people? Unified against general (and often criminal) jackassery? Nah, that’s all cool too. Instead, they will “unify” against Conservatives, the most evil of all evils on the face of the Earth.
NFL Players executive director DeMaurice Smith on Saturday made a move to solidify the union against a bid by conservative talk show radio host Rush Limbaugh as part of a group that aims to purchase the St. Louis Rams.
In an e-mail to the union’s executive committee on Saturday specifically addressing Limbaugh’s bid, Smith said, “I’ve spoken to the Commissioner [Roger Goodell] and I understand that this ownership consideration is in the early stages. But sport in America is at its best when it unifies, gives all of us reason to cheer, and when it transcends. Our sport does exactly that when it overcomes division and rejects discrimination and hatred.”
Well, it’s understandable once you read the evidence they have against Rush Limbaugh:
Limbaugh has expressed a number of controversial racial ideas in the past. For example, he suggested that Gen. Colin Powell supported Barack Obama’s presidential candidacy simply because he was black, and he also stated that the media wants black quarterbacks to do well and that Donovan McNabb doesn’t deserve much of the credit he has received for the Eagles’ success.
Oh, wait — The Colin Powell part is pretty much true, isn’t it? Also, totally not racist. But voting FOR Obama simply because of the color of his skin? Now that actually is racist. I don’t know about that McNabb dude (hello? That’s a sporty thingie) but I suspect Rush’s underlying point was likely an ugly truth as well.
You know what else is true? Vilifying a man and attempting to block his purchase or involvement in an organization based solely upon his political beliefs is *actual* discrimination and is truly hate-filled divisiveness.
It also makes no sense.
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NY Daily News: “I don’t want anything to do with a team that he has any part of. He can do whatever he wants, it is a free country. But if it goes through, I can tell you where I am not going to play.”
While I’ve already told you I’m far from an expert (it’s above my pay-grade), isn’t the point of sporty things to WIN? Score more points and stuff? If someone can run the franchise well, isn’t that what matters? I’m pretty sure the football players aren’t forced to listen to talk radio nor will they have policy wonk-y seminars before each game. Guess what, football players and grossly partisan Union dudes: In the real world people sometimes work with people with whom they don’t agree politically. Yet, they manage to get their jobs done! You too can do the same. I’ll tell you how …. listen closely …
And I suggest that once Rush’s purchase goes through, that he put Condoleezza Rice in charge. I’ve heard tell that she loves football. And it would make quite a few liberal heads explode. Now THAT is a sporting event I’d actually watch.
Update: Just Karl tweeted me a link to a Slate article regarding Rush’s McNabb comment. Turns out as I suspected: Not Racist. And arguably correct. And by arguably, I really mean totally, but was trying to be nice.
Donovan McNabb isn’t a great quarterback, and the media do overrate him because he is black.
By Allen BarraPosted Thursday, Oct. 2, 2003, at 6:33 PM ET
Limbaugh leaves over unfair football flapIn his notorious ESPN comments last Sunday night, Rush Limbaugh said he never thought the Philadelphia Eagles’ Donovan McNabb was “that good of a quarterback.”
If Limbaugh were a more astute analyst, he would have been even harsher and said, “Donovan McNabb is barely a mediocre quarterback.” But other than that, Limbaugh pretty much spoke the truth. Limbaugh lost his job for saying in public what many football fans and analysts have been saying privately for the past couple of seasons.