We live in a time that is saturated with virulent politics.
It has become increasingly difficult to do anything without some political issue being attached to your actions.
As such, what were previously enjoyable activities have become politically-charged events to the point where what used to be fun, just isn’t anymore.
All of this adds a level of stress and divisiveness to our lives.
Where you go to church, where you send your children to school, the pastimes you enjoy, where you work, and the social organizations in which you are active have been turned into political statements.
Not only is this unfortunate, but it has added conflict where it does not belong.
That would be professional sports, at least the NFL, although it is unlikely to be the only sport to be impacted by the injection of leftist politics into what should be a fun and relaxing activity.
Of course, we’re talking about the protests being staged by some players against our flag and national anthem.
Into this debate shines a light of reason and intelligence from Dr. Ben Carson. The former world-class neurosurgeon now serves in the Trump administration as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
He is one of those rare individuals who brings clarity, compassion, and brilliance to any issue he addresses.
Case in point, via Western Journalism:
“But Carson added another perspective in his Facebook post on Sunday, lamenting that NFL Sundays used to ‘represent a time of fun, games and unity’ that has now been compromised by protests during the national anthem.
‘Here we are at another NFL Sunday,’ Carson wrote.
‘That used to represent a time of fun, games and unity. I hope we can return to that situation soon.’
“Carson noted that one of the reasons he believes the national anthem is played prior to sports contests is to ‘remind us that even though we’re rooting for different sports teams, we are united as a country.'”
Dr. Carson offers so much here that makes sense, and you’ll want to forward it to everyone you know.
Here’s the essence of the wisdom Dr. Carson offers.
“Carson said everyone has the right to express themselves, but argued that there is a proper ‘time and place for everything.’“
He is correct, but that is also illustrates the problem.
Staging these protests immediately before a sporting event is the time when these protestors can get the maximum audience. So that’s when they are going to pull these stunts.
They are not interested in building unity but rather in making their point, however misguided it is, in front of as many people as possible.
So now a time of enjoyment, fun, and unity has degenerated into another display of divisive politics, something that we just did not need.
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The players engaging in these protests are putting their personal feelings and agendas above the the sport that they purport to be so important to American culture.
When President Trump suggests that protesting players be fired, the reaction is swift and condemning. NFL officials and players alike are quick to criticize the president for making such remarks.
“In a speech Friday during a rally in Alabama, President Donald Trump drew fresh attention to the controversy by deriding NFL players who he said disrespect the American flag by kneeling during the national anthem.
‘Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say “Get that son of a b—- off the field right now.
Out. He’s fired! He’s fired.’“
Of course, what we have here is President Trump returning fire in his signature way, for the attacks on our flag and national anthem perpetrated by these self-centered protesters.
“[NFL Commissioner] Goodell contended that Trump’s comments were ‘divisive’ and demonstrated an ‘unfortunate lack of respect’ for the NFL and its players.”
And frankly, Goodell is completely out of line. What he has attempted to do is to elevate the importance of his sport above that of a sense of national unity and purpose.
His precious players are the ones taking advantage of the public stage they have in order to engage in divisive behavior. As such, they are selfish and childish.
We don’t need the NFL to prosper as a nation.
What we do need is the sort of thoughtful intelligence and wisdom that Dr. Carson brings to this issue.
In other words, this country would benefit by a lot less Goodell and a lot more from the brilliant neurosurgeon.
Source: Western Journalism