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Re: NFL "issues"
« Reply #250 on: Sep 9th, 2014, 4:36pm »
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http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/11488363/jason-whitlock-latest-ray-ric e-developments
 
I am really sick and tired of the constant Ray Rice talk -- on the internet, on the TV, and on the radio it's everywhere.
 
The article I linked to above, by Jason Whitlock, is an exercise in self-aggrandizement concealed by angry rhetoric. Would sportswriters and talking heads PLEASE stop acting as if they were, or could be, social commentators? We don't want to hear your opinions on the justice system, on racism in America, on sexism, on the crisis in the Ukraine. Political pundits on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox are already spouting off on such things and, generally, making fools of themselves doing so; if they don't know what they're talking about, it's even less likely that you do. And we don't watch you for your opinions on those matters; if we wanted to treat ourselves to an exercise in bad (or altogether missing) logic, false principles, and empty rhetoric, we'd switch the channel to the aforementioned stations.  
 
Tocqueville was right: the tyranny peculiar to democracy, to be dreaded and guarded against, is the moral and intellectual despotism of the majority. It's a veritable moral crusade out there. Perhaps this is nowhere more apparent than in the Donald Sterling affair -- if you are ever caught sinning, you will be forced out of sports. Oh, wait -- it's not "sinning" that causes consternation, it's violating the precious few moral idols (shibboleths, in fact) of 21st century America(n intellectual "elite"): feminism, multiculturalism, gay rights.
 
Don't misunderstand me: domestic violence, racism, and gay-bashing are wrong and to be condemned. But the backlash, the intense focus, and the shrieking calls for immediate retribution of the harshest degree clearly illustrate the political motivation of this crusade. This, as well as the more-than moral -- i.e, intellectual -- nature of this crusade, is also illustrated by the fact that "sins" against these moral idols include much more than domestic violence, racism, and gay-bashing. For, in fact, "discrimination" -- i.e., any identification of a difference between men and women or between one race and another or between gays and heterosexuals -- is searched out, spotlighted, castigated, and punished by all political means possible. One can no longer talk about (TALK ABOUT!) -- much less act towards others in a way consonant with -- men and women having different strengths, sensibilities, and roles; blacks, whites, etc. having different skin colors or propensities; marriage and child-rearing being rightly reserved for heterosexuals; homosexuality as a perverted sexuality. No, one must affirm that all are the same: none are to be distinguished, much less held as better or worse suited to certain roles, much less (in the case of the homosexuality issue) held as unhealthy or healthy physiological or psychological conditions disqualifying one or fitting one for certain roles.
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« Reply #251 on: Sep 11th, 2014, 5:55pm »
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http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/11506638/paul-george-indiana-pacers-so rry-insensitive-tweets
 
As if we needed further evidence of the crusading nature of this whole witch-hunt, an NBA player gets slammed by his own GM, and is being investigated by the NBA, for suggesting (via tweets he made on the Ray Rice subject) that we be consistent in rooting out all violence, that we realize that the victim seems to have if not triggered at least helped escalate the situation (in fact, in the video it seems clear that the victim hits Ray Rice outside the elevator and perhaps strikes him again in the elevator), and that we pay attention to what the victim in this situation wants (Ray Rice's wife has deplored all of the publicity and excoriating).
 
Mind you, this NBA player made it crystal clear that violence against women is to be condemned.
 
My gosh.
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