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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud President Trump for backing away from next month’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, proving he is not desperate for deal and keeping Kim off balance. While denouncing kneeling during the national anthem as the time or place to make a protest, they also slam Trump for suggesting maybe NFL players who kneel for the national anthem “shouldn’t be in the country.” And they unload on former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for randomly concluding that Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 campaign definitely made the difference in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania and flipped the election results from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump. Jim points out that Clapper and other Trump critics simply refuse to believe that voters made a choice they don’t like.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The NFL: Now a Case Study in Destructive Leftism

 

Seriously, Colin Kaepernick? You’re really doing this?

Yep, he’s filed a grievance against the NFL owners under their collective bargaining agreement, alleging that they have colluded to “deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Another Take on NFL Protests

 

For me the football protest was never about disrespect to the American flag. It was about inserting politics where it doesn’t belong. Football players are far from voiceless. There is no particular need for them to hijack a portion of the game that is not theirs to pirate.

Their fans, on the other hand, must simply sit there and observe the mini protest as a small unexpected price attached to their tickets. The NFL, month by month, is sinking into unrelated and unnecessary causes, never going far enough for a casus belli, just enough to move the cause a bit further on. Do football games eventually become little more than Kabuki theater for SJW causes?

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Fighting Taliban Child’s Play Compared to Violating the Progressive Consensus

 

Among the more curious and revealing remonstrations from the Cultural Left in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election is its deeming the victory of Donald Trump to be “not normal.” Curious because progressives project great concern over shielding individuals from the wrath of a paternalistic society that would impose on everyone its heteronormative (and many other) norms rather than “celebrating diversity”; revealing because it suggests that progressives are actually more concerned with replacing society’s norms with norms of their own.

The totalitarian streak on the Left is universal, as is the contempt with which it holds anyone who strays from its current orthodoxy. Consider the loathing expressed by Remainers for the majority of UK electorate who voted to exit the European Union in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. It is in the same vein as Hillary Clinton’s disparaging “deplorable” comment about Trump voters or Obama’s slicker-than-thou dismissiveness for voters who “cling to guns or religion.”