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So many of you have sworn off the National Football League that I thought I would catch you up on what’s been going on. I present this as a public service since exhibiting total ignorance of the league while standing around the water cooler at work might out you as some sort of a right […]

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I didn’t expect to make another comment about what I think is a misguided and trivial protest, but this seems worth mentioning. Those who dishonor the flag and the country in protest of something owe the country, at a minimum, their sincere efforts to verify that what they protest is, in fact, real. Preview Open

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Bill begins the podcast by sharing his thoughts on the big political stories of the week and why Pres. Trump has won the debate over the NFL and anthem protests. Next, Bill discusses the latest developments out of Las Vegas and highlights Steve Wynn’s recent comments about the killer and how to prevent another attack. Then, Bill talks with Mollie Hemingway about why Republicans need to seize the “Trump Moment” and get their agenda through before the upcoming elections. Finally, Joel Farkas of the American Strategy Group joins the show to explain why countries like France and India – not exactly right-wing governments – are copying Pres. Trump’s economic agenda and why no one is giving Trump credit for it.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see the NFL concluding that the national anthem protests need to move to an actual effort to improve community-police relations and that the players ought to stand.  They also slam Twitter for the second time this week, this time for suspending the Twitter account of actress Rose McGowan, who was assaulted by Harvey Weinstein and has called out actor Ben Affleck for not admitting he knew of Weinstein’s past.  And they shake their heads as Fox News host Sean Hannity hammers Sen. Ben Sasse for being critical of President Trump’s call for licenses of media outlets to be challenged over “fake news.”

It’s All Unraveling (And Why That’s a Good Thing)

 

Michael RamirezAmerica, tired of being lied to by its coastal betters, chose a President to tear it all down to the studs, from where a more hopeful and stronger country could rise again. Much of the anger that brought Donald Trump into office was certainly directed toward Washington DC’s elites, but also our cultural pillars. With a $20 trillion national debt, politicians had been Weinsteining their constituents for decades and people of both parties have had enough of the D.C./entertainment/sports/media complex.

The only results from the Progressives’ identity politics prescribed by Leftist septuagenarians was to balkanize a once civil union. Meanwhile, the overpaid, yet feckless consultant class on the right finagles their benefactor’s largesse but yield few results. Jabba the Hutt politicians along with their K-Street enablers tied the American voter to his chain, while they focused on reelection. It’s only about their power. From their mahogany walled watering holes in DC, they laugh at us idealistic rubes while ensuring their marble streets remain shiny in National Harbor. Americans weren’t just voting against DC. They were voting against the cultural rot that started decades ago.

Meanwhile, Hollywood, known for facades phonier than Obama’s Greek columns, somewhere along the way went from dream factory with a few crazies, to become the worst stereotype conservatives always believed it was. Its incestual, intellectually shallow, immature, and chronically insecure inhabitants know only two modes: reading someone else’s words for a living or regurgitating Bill Maher’s. These people have spent so much energy on dividing the country into a caste system, they hadn’t realized their product has suffered, relegating themselves to brain-numbing CGI superhero remakes and Oscar-bait no one will ever see, but … another award show to congratulate each other on our brilliance! Movie audiences are responding with their wallets as year-over-year box office receipts have plummeted.

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… Or did they? Obviously, Trump and Pence are politicians, so they are going to engage in some measure of pandering, exploitation of wedge issues, and political theater. Was Pence leaving the Colts and 49ers game a cynical calculation, or a sincere protest of the disrespect shown to our anthem and flag? Nobody really knows–and it could […]

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Well, it had to start somewhere, and after the Cowboys lost today (didn’t see it) the MSM asked Owner Jerry Jones how he felt about Vice President Pence walking out on the Colts-49ers game after eleven 49ers took a knee during the national anthem. Jones went OFF. “I don’t know about that. But if there […]

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NFL Poll Numbers Continue Their Fall Off a Cliff

 

I know I have been hammering the NFL a lot lately, but why not? They deserve every negative word. We warned them on Twitter to wake up and smell the coffee, and they chose the path of destruction for themselves. I feel nothing for them.

Now we have a new poll out that shows that they may not be able to recover. NFL Football is now the least-liked sport. Shock Poll: NFL Now Least Liked Sport, Core Fans Down 31%

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Click on the image to view video. President Trump’s comments on professional football players taking the knee caused a firestorm in the media. However, the pushback from the establishment press and sports world  seems to have fizzled out pretty quickly. Why did this happen? I suspect that the reason is that large portions of the […]

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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?

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud President Trump’s nomination of Don Willett and James Ho for spots on the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.  They also are cautiously optimistic that this NFL weekend might actually focus on football as three teams announce they will be standing for the national anthem.  And they throw up their hands as a anti-Trump elementary school librarian publicly rejects the donation of Dr. Seuss books from First Lady Melania Trump, while also slamming Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and falsely accusing Dr. Seuss of racism.

Michael Ramirez on NFL, Obamacare, North Korea, Hillary Clinton, and the Culture Wars

 

Michael RamirezOn this week’s episode of Whiskey Politics, we welcome back Michael Ramirez and discuss some of his latest provocative art. Michael’s a two-time winner of the prestigious Pulitzer Prize and a three-time Sigma Delta Chi, Society of Professional Journalism Award winner.

Bill talks with Robert Costa of the Washington Post about Roy Moore’s win in Alabama, the failure of the GOP to repeal Obamacare, the debut of the Republican tax reform plan and what this all means for President Donald Trump. Then, Bill continues his interview with Steve Wynn about the RNC’s record-fundraising hauls and why the Republican message continues to resonate throughout the country. Finally, Bill jumps into the NFL’s national anthem controversy with Brian Kennedy of the American Strategy Group. The two defend Trump’s position and explain why a lack of U.S. history knowledge is behind so many of our country’s problems today.

Football and Racial Fault Lines

 

According to an account my son came across a while ago: “Football is one of the most powerful institutions in American society. It is so powerful that it claimed an entire day of the week. It said, ‘This day is ours. We own it.’ Not only did football take a day of the week, but the previous owner was God.”

Though a failed fan myself (no less a figure than Jack Kemp advised me to give up trying to master the rules), I am an American, and accordingly can hardly miss the fact that football is one of most unifying aspects of American culture. The games have become the one thing that most Americans, especially men, can comfortably discuss. No matter what region of the country you’re visiting, you are bound to hear men who find themselves thrown together asking “Did you see the game?” Animated analysis, crowing, and/or cringing follows. Black and white, immigrant and native born, men and (mysteriously) women, adults and children, liberals and conservatives – huge swaths of the country speak the same idiom and share the experience of football. Super Bowl Sunday is close to a national sacrament.

You think it’s easy to maintain national cohesion? It isn’t. That’s why demagogues since time began conjure external enemies and scapegoat minorities — which is not to say that enemies are always imaginary. In our time, the things that divide us are all too obvious. We are increasingly self-segregating by income and education. Due in part to choice and in part to history’s overhang, we continue to live in racially distinct enclaves. Democrats and Republicans despise one another to the point where they avoid living in the same neighborhoods or dating each other. Many parents now frown on their children marrying “outside the faith” — by which they mean not Catholic or Protestant, but Republican or Democrat. And speaking of faith, in actual houses of worship, things haven’t changed much since Martin Luther King, Jr. called 11 a.m. Sunday morning “the most segregated hour” in American life.

According to Steve Bannon, it was the revenge of the “rubes” in Alabama as voters sent Trump the hero they wanted, not necessarily the one Trump needed.

Of course the GOP tax reforms are going to “cut taxes for the rich.” They’re the ones who PAY taxes.

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.”

In all three instances the political establishment — left-of-center virtually by default — performs a switcheroo and then proceeds to lambast anyone who refuses to take their eyes off the pea. From the Democrats’ Russian meddling meme to Labour’s “soft Brexit” — whatever that means — progressive rhetoric suggests that in a sane world, un-woke voters should be subject to the kind of Three-Fifths Compromise applied to American slaves during the Constitutional Convention.