This is a well-conceived and written multimedia article. It argues all the negatives that the anthem movement-- for it qualifies as that by now-- might face, but makes the case nonetheless that the athletes, and the executives who are now clearly backing them-- must win the day.
What made it even more interesting for very political sports junkies like me is its view of the evolution of Jerry Jones, who at first appeared to acquiesce to the idea of no sports demonstrations. This had to have been orchestrated by Jones himself, and Jones certainly would have consulted with the owner(s) of the Cardinals.
And the Cards players, of course, hadn't been in on that, but the video shows their assent to Jones' plan as soon as they knew it. Everybody was thinking on their feet.
Donald Trump has sown the wind, and reaped the whirlwind. This is not a fight he can win. The most shocking thing is that having blundered and blustered into an area which has gotten him bigger, more sustained blowback than his tweeting to Russia, "let there be a nuclear arms race," Trump has blustered on and on, soaring to new heights of baseness.
And lying. The videos showed he's lying. Any time Mickey Mantle came to the plate in his career with the Yankees he got booed more than that, and if he was off from his Olympian peak, a heckuva lot more than that.
There were certainly a few thousand fans who were either Trump true believers, or conflicted about it for personal reasons. There was not, however, anything resembling a stadium-wide chorus of disapproval. People had to think about whether or why they should boo-- this was not an umpire's missed call-- and most of them did not.
Most Americans respect our honored dead, and many make pretense of mourning them on official occasions. Some even do, because we are all the survivors.
But we idolize our sports gods. We've been relentlessly merchandised-- behaviorally manipulated-- into doing it. The gods were, yes, gods back in the ancient history of professional sports, when the AL and NL had 8 teams, and the NHL still only had 6, and two of those in Canada. The time when stock car racing was merely a Southern sport of yahoos. When football helmets were basically leather flaps.
But the full weight of corporate marketing machinery has amplified the importance of the gods in the mind of the modern consumer. And given that a clear majority of the country is now understanding what a mistake-- what a complex of mistakes, the Democratic Party comes in for its share of blame-- the American political process committed by electing Donald Trump, the man is paving his inexorable way to resignation by attacking the sports gods.
The Republicans need him out of the way-- uh, like yesterday, and they know it-- so that they can have time to make some pretense of running away from the Trump record, and not be slaughtered in both Houses. They need all the Trumps and Kushners out of the way.
In fact, the scouring that may be necessary of the offices of power in Washington may be unprecedented.
Certain Cabinet members will have to leave. Civil service professionals will have to feel safe to come back and steady the foundering diplomatic ship of state. Ambassadors will not work under a man who renders US international diplomacy moot with his Android.
We outside the District of Columbia need Donald Trump away from the levers of power-- how could America let any such person have access to the nuclear launch codes under any circumstances? Who are the fools responsible for allowing him a security clearance, President or not?-- as soon as humanly possible.
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