Jewish World Review June 26, 2014 / 28 Sivan, 5774
Redskins Get Scalped by Obama's Bureaucratic O-bots
By Ron Hart
JewishWorldReview.com | Our country has ongoing problems: trillions in deficit spending, Benghazi, swapping a deserter for five Taliban leaders, systemic unemployment, the IRS, the NSA targeting U.S. citizens, etc. And, now, Iraq is back.
With all these big issues, what did this administration come out with last week? The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office went after Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder for refusing to change the name of his team to something more pleasing to them.
The government says it has a right to deny trademark protection if a registered name is “scandalous, contemptuous or disreputable,” and said those terms apply to “Washington Redskins.” So, what I wonder is, Is it “Washington” or “Redskins” that is contemptuous and disreputable?
The Washington Redskins NFL team has been around 80 years, but is it only under this administration that the term has become an offensive racial slur?
Are my Atlanta Braves next on the chopping block? Might they replace Chief Noc-A-Homa with an African American kid getting into Yale with a 1,000 SAT score? Nothing says “equality” like preferential treatment.
Making the case for Redskins being a slur, Patent Office officials said the name represents “racism, conquest and cultural imperialism.” Sure sounds like someone has spent some time in a college faculty lounge.
If this troubling trend – where folks use their interpretation of history to harangue others to do things their way – continues, where could it end?
While the PC police are getting rid of “Redskins,” why not also ditch the name “Washington”? The city is named after George Washington, a white Southern slave owner, tobacco farmer, war monger and gun-toting booze maker. It seems he needs to go.
The Redskins team name was taken without an iota of animus. For years, it was actually a source of pride for many Native Americans because it invoked a fierce warrior, but it has been PC-ed into something that’s now offensive.
Rest assured, in the grievance industry (which now defines liberals), divisive racial issues can always be manufactured where none exist. If the liberals didn’t do so, we would not be diverted from their disastrous day-to-day running of our government.
It appears that Democrats would like to set up a booth at our borders to translate ethnic slurs for incoming immigrants and blame those awful Republicans for them. “Now, might we sign you up for the crack we call ‘government entitlement dependency programs’? All we ask for is your vote – once or twice an election.”
We long ago swallowed the bitter pill of racism; yet Dems are still there to shove it back down your throat.
Even Harry Reid, who took a moment out from obsessing about the Koch brothers, said he would not attend a Washington Redskins game until the name is changed. So, there is a bright spot for the Redskins in all of this.
Government meddling has unintended consequences, almost always detrimental to its intent. Before forces came together to punish Clippers owner Don Sterling for racist comments taped illegally in his home, his NBA team was worth $800 million by most reports. He ended up being offered $2 billion for it. That will teach him. And Redskins merchandise now will sell well – if folks sense the name will be banned. There is scarcity and a newfound, renegade edginess with nostalgic jerseys; thus, team owner Snyder will benefit.
This government uses executive orders, regulators, czars and constitutionally dubious means to advance its world view. Our coal companies are being run out of business via EPA edicts, jacking up our energy prices. Opponents are targeted, and the administration will stop at nothing to advance an ideology at odds with that of most Americans. With an all-time low approval rating of 37 percent, the only thing Obama is above is the law.
With all this trumped-up pressure coming out of D.C., I hope they do change the team name – to the “Virginia Redskins” or the “Liverpool Redskins.”
The Redskins should make an unfettered business decision on whether to change their name, not because they are strong-armed by government.
NFL teams make tough business decisions all the time. The Redskins benched quarterback Robert Griffin III, a costly acquisition for whom they had high hopes, yet, who hasn’t panned out. I wish Democrats would come to the same realization about Obama.
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