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When the University of Texas Football News, AKA The Austin American-Statesman ventures beyond sports commentary, the results can be truly appalling.* Take, for example, the advocacy of Beto O’Rourke. The Football News has been promoting him for president since the 2018 midterms. I haven’t picked on the Beto Male for a while, because, at this point, it would be the same as tripping a handicapped kid. The bloom left that rose a long time ago and Beto is circling the drain, but the Football News keeps flogging his candidacy like a dead horse on the deck of a sinking ship. Of course, since the stories don’t involve an ACL injury to the third-string quarterback, the coverage is completely credulous.
In August, the Football News did a hagiography of Beto:
In this piece, Jonathan Tilove compares Beto to the saintly father in The Grapes of Wrath. “And so to those places where Donald Trump has been terrorizing, and terrifying and demeaning our fellow Americans, that’s where you will find me in this campaign,” says Beto. Steinbeck’s socialist agitprop novel ends with “Wherever there’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there.” Hmmm, I wonder if Beto will be there when the cops are kicking down your door to take your guns? Tilove admits that Beto doesn’t have any qualifications for president. And, to quote Bernie Sanders, that’s a good thing. I’ll quote directly from the piece:
But that’s not who O’Rourke is. He didn’t study political science or law or economics or even history at Columbia University. He got a degree in literature.
He is a master of narrative and story-telling.
He’s not a pol. He’s a man of destiny.
As he told Vanity Fair on the event of launching his presidential bid, “Man, I’m just born to be in it.”
I thought we fought a war to keep from being ruled by this sort of person. Oh, and the comparison to Robert Kennedy? Pictures showing RFK and Prince Beto standing on a car roof while campaigning.
Beto, like a certain other president, does have the qualification of having a father who made a fortune in real estate in a major American city.** Otherwise, he’s been a city councilman and US Representative of no particular distinction. His only accomplishment is blowing $70 million in order to do a slightly better job of losing a senate race than the previous Dim candidate. Why is the Football News still propping this guy up? I think we have the answer: Guns.
Well obviously, it hasn’t cost him the adoration of the Football News. My favorite part of this piece is a quote from Beto spokesman*** Chris Evans:
We expect people to follow the law here in the United States, and we know that Americans are law-abiding people. If you continue to violate the law, despite warning and fine, then the penalty escalates — just like any other act of lawlessness in this country.
Since he isn’t talking about the ERA of the soccer team’s center point guard, the Football News has no response. I would have pointed out that law-abiding people don’t shoot up schools, meaning, by his own admission, that the gun grab will not affect mass shootings.
But, fortunately, the Football News has figured out a way to get Beto’s program in place: Harness the power of racism.
This plan, by Jonathan Tilove, again, is to have the Democrats buy guns for blacks and Hispanics. These folks will then openly carry everywhere and, voilà, Whitey will demand gun control. The only evidence he has that this plan will work is the Black Panther protest against the open-carry ban in California in 1967.
I, myself, am all for it. I’ve been hanging around African Americans and Hispanics who are openly carrying firearms since 1981. Even now, the guy at the ER desk with the gun on his hip when I walk into work is likely to be Hispanic or black. Being around these guys hasn’t made me want to go out and turn in my guns. It will cost the Dims a lot of money, assuming anyone wants to be a pawn.****
It shows that their entire premise is wrong: If guns are the problem, how can more guns be the solution? Finally, I believe the more legal gun ownership by responsible owners the better. I have a feeling that more than a few of them will end up being on our side, at least when it comes to gun rights.
Some of you might point out that Dave Chappelle proposed something similar in his comedy special. Well, Chappelle is a comedian, not a prestigious sports publication in a major American city. ***** Chappelle is making a joke; this guy appears to be totally serious.
Oh, you might want to tell these folks that their guns will be the first to be taken away. After all, the Democrats will now have a nice, neat list of every African American and Hispanic gun owner. And the gun grabbers sure aren’t going to start with the rich-piggies in gated communities with security systems and, most importantly, attorneys on retainer.******
* To be fair, their sports coverage may be awful, too. I don’t care about sports, so I can’t say.
** New York, El Paso – a city’s a city, right?
*** I bet that title is front and center on his résumé.
**** Telling them they’ll be just like the Black Panthers will help with recruiting, I’m sure.
***** New York, Austin – a city’s a city, right?
****** Beto O’Rourke, for example.