Would ANY other candidate for President have been able to take the NFL protest and turn it around to this?
In case this wasn’t clear to anyone out there, Trump was not elected — first and foremost — because of his policies.
He was elected as an antidote to the culture war that had been waged with impunity in the eight years before him.
We on the right got tired of having the institutions we love trashed, defamed, or ‘fundamentally transformed’ and watching the Republicans we elected to stop them get sand kicked in their faces. We got tired of half-measures and strategic withdrawals. We got tired of hearing ‘the better part of valor. Or ‘next time’. Or ‘the long game’
The math really isn’t that hard: when you surrender, you lose. 100% the time.
We wanted someone who wouldn’t back down from these fights. Because if we actually FIGHT them, we can win!
And guess what! Trump just scored a big win on the culture front!
Trump has stepped up to be the voice for our views. The one you don’t hear in the beltway. The one you don’t hear from all those leftist groups that absolutely despise the very idea E. Pluribus Unum. The ones that deliberately ‘divide and conquer’ us for their own political agendas.
This time, the Media didn’t have the loudest voice.
And the only way that could happen? Is because we have a bold, brash, President who picks fights for things he thinks are important. In this case, the Flag and the Anthem — some of the very few things that still keep us unified after generations of deliberately splintering America into competing interest groups.
In case the text isn’t quite legible in that image, here is the NFL’s response:
Date: October 10, 2017
Re: Fall Meeting/National Anthem
We live in a country that can feel very divided. Sports and especially the NFL brings people together and lets them set aside those divisions, at least for a few hours. The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country.
I’m very proud of our players and owners who have done the hard work over the past year to listen, understand and attempt to address the underlying issues within their communities. At our September committee meetings, we heard directly from several players about why these issues are so important to them and how we can support their work. And last week, we met with the leadership of the NFLPA and more players to advance the dialogue.
Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem. It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the Anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.
Building on many discussions with clubs and players, we have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week’s League meeting. This would include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues, and that will help to promote positive change in our country. We want to ensure that any work at the League level is consistent with the work that each club is doing in its own community, and that we dedicate a platform that can enable these initiatives to succeed. Additionally, we will continue the unprecedented dialogue with our players.