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To kneel or not to kneel

by Greg Krehbiel on 25 September 2017

The whole thing is dumb. Yes, people have a right to free expression, but the NFL also has a right to impose a code of conduct. What they require and what they prohibit says a lot about the NFL, IMO. But no, the president should not be involved, and he most certainly should not be calling people SOBs.

The larger issue to me is whether (1) Trump is simply incapable of controlling himself, and has to mouth off in his crude way, or whether (2) he is crazy like a fox, manipulating everyone into these periodic spasms of outrage as a distraction.

I can imagine him sitting in the White House thinking, “these people. All I have to do is tweet something and the whole world explodes into outrage about this irrelevant stuff. And while they’re distracted ….”

The thing is, it takes a lot of imagination. He doesn’t strike me as that diabolically clever, and I don’t see any amazing things getting done behind the scenes while we’re all distracted about who kneels at a football game.

2017-09-25  »  Greg Krehbiel

Talkback x 6

  1. William
    25 September 2017 @ 11:36 am

    Indeed, it is dumb. Trump should take heed to his own words. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/387565483303923712

    That said, why does his behavior have to be an either/or? I suspect it’s both. In some cases he gives into an impulse and relishes in the reaction (e.g., publicly trashing Sessions, referencing Jung Un as “Rocket Man”, memes criticizing the media/politicians). In other cases, his goal is merely to distract (having no grand follow-up master plan). This has been especially notable at times when he’s been significantly maligned (e.g., Comey tapes allegation, Obama wiretap claim, inviting Clinton accusers to presidential debate directly after the Access Hollywood “Grab ’em by the P” video release).

    Overall, the issue isn’t necessarily about his motive but the impact of his actions. He no longer speaks merely as a private citizen but with the authority of the POTUS. He seems to take that responsibility cavalierly, at times. Unfortunately, this might result in unintended negative consequences for the American people.

  2. Scott Wicker
    26 September 2017 @ 11:12 am

    As a national sport, America’s interest in football is waning anyway, and it was really not necessary for Trump to weigh in (even though I mostly agree with him on this one). Certainly this is a distraction. Very pathetic. Very sad. Trump, much less Congress, is unable to cope with more serious issues – which are to found these days in great abundance.

  3. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    26 September 2017 @ 11:15 am

    Is interest in football waning because …
    1. The NFL keeps trying to appeal to women (not their core market)
    2. A perception that football is getting political
    3. The US population is changing to people who prefer soccer
    4. Other?

    Perhaps we are entering the bread and circuses stage of empire.

  4. Scott Wicker
    26 September 2017 @ 12:06 pm

    Rush Limbaugh wrote an opinion piece on this:
    https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2017/09/25/with-great-sadness-i-did-not-watch-the-national-football-league-on-sunday/

  5. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    27 September 2017 @ 10:47 am

    I wonder if Rush listeners will follow his example.

  6. Scott Wicker
    27 September 2017 @ 12:31 pm

    Of course they will, they’re Dittoheads!