Arthur Dent: Ford, if I was to ask you “where the hell we were?” Would I regret it?
Ford Prefect: We’re safe.
Arthur Dent: Ah good.
Ford Prefect: We’re in a cabin on one of the spaceships of the Vogon constructor fleet.
Arthur Dent: Ah this is obviously some strange usage of the word “safe” that I wan’t previously aware of. familial with.
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy 1981
The left and the media are on the warpath over the divisive actions of those critiquing the completely and utterly non-divisive NFL protests.
For example in New Orleans the team decided they wanted to honor a local vet and veterans advocate but surprise, surprise he declined:
“Although I am touched and honored to be selected for such an award, the ongoing controversy with NFL players’ disrespect for the national flag forces me to decline to participate in the presentation.”
“Since this award is tainted with the dishonorable actions of the NFL and its players, I cannot accept it,” he continued. “To do so would be hypocritical.”
We continue to be assured that the NFL protests are not divisive, but apparently if you are a disabled vet who takes offense at it, then the New Orleans Saints thinks YOU are:
‘Sad and divisive’: Saints respond to veteran’s refusal of award because of NFL protests
That’s the Washington Post headline, here is a quote from the Saints statement.
We will not allow Mr. Wells’ decision and subsequent media appearances to distract our players and organization from continuing to honor and support our military and veterans. We, as an organization, have decided to move on from this sad and divisive discourse and focus our attention on supporting our military and veterans
Oh so it’s Mr. Wells who has not moved on from the “Sad and Divisive discourse”.
But it’s not just Mr. Wells apparently while the NFL protests are not stoking the culture wars Republican Candidate Ed Gillespie “stokes the culture wars” by bringing it up in a flyer:
A Gillespie flier publicized on Twitter Friday bears an image of a kneeling football player, raising an emotionally charged issue on which Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam essentially agree.
“You’d never take a knee,” it says. “So take a stand on election day.”
…and the left is up in arms over it, while at the same time insisting that Gillespie’s position and his opponent Democrat Ralph Northam are pretty much the same.
By evoking the anthem protests, Gillespie appears to be making a play for Trump voters as well as moderates who see the players’ actions as disrespectful to the flag or the military.
Gillespie and Northam, the state’s lieutenant governor, were both asked about kneeling players shortly after Trump weighed in. Both men supported the players’ right to free speech. But Gillespie made it clear he was offended by the protests, while Northam criticized Trump’s language.
“My view is that I find it offensive when people don’t stand for the national anthem and honor our flag and all that it stands for,” said Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman, Washington lobbyist and counselor to President George W. Bush. “But one of the things it stands for is freedom, and you’ve got a right to be wrong in this country.”
Northam, a Virginia Military Institute graduate and former Army doctor who treated soldiers in Operation Desert Storm, hit a similar note but also called out Trump.
So let me get this straight. The NFL protests are not “Divisive” and they do not “stoke the culture wars” BUT if you object to them, or if you invoke them in any contest that doesn’t constitute praise, either in a campaign flyer or in an investor call saying they have hurt your bottom line, you are the worst kind of racist, bigot and a Divisive person stoking the culture wars to divide us.
As Indgo Montoya once said: “You Keep Using That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means”
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