"CRACKER" BARREL OFFENDS ME
June 24, 2014
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is now parading around Washington, D.C. pushing, even trying to force Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the name of the team. Pronto! Reid and his fellow DEMON-CRAPS (i.e. Democrats) say the name is offensive to Native-Americans.
Now, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has decided to stop enforcing the Washington Redskins' trademark because it is a racist disparagement of Native Americans.
Question: Since when did the government under Barack Obama start caring about the "feelings" of Native-Americans? Don't tell me this happened when Elizabeth Warren, who claims to be a Cherokee Indian, was elected to the U.S. Senate. She can't be offended as she is only 1/128th Native American at best.
There may be hope that common sense and courage are making a comeback in the nation's capital. How else to explain the appearance of this statement in the Washington Post: “For some people, the word 'Redskins' has lost all of its vicious old meaning and represents their beloved Sonny Jurgensen and Billy Kilmer; for others it's a hate term. Personally, I find it distasteful in all contexts. But how is a bureaucracy supposed to effectively arbitrate its 'real' meaning without a lot of unintended consequences and restrictions?”
With that question, sportswriter Sally Jenkins cuts to the heart of the Redskins issue. The Redskins name controversy is not about discrimination, it's about power, pure and simple. Power, that is, for PC bullies to impose their view of what everybody else should and should not be permitted to say. The latest salvo from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office cancelled six Redskin trademarks.
It is preposterous to claim that anybody in America watching the Redskins on any given Sunday is doing so while savoring the horrors of Wounded Knee or lamenting Custer's death at Little Big Horn. If they are Redskin fans, they are wondering if their team will ever again win a Super Bowl or when RGIII might learn how to stay in the pocket and survive.
Given the sad state of public education in this country, it is the rare man on the street these days with any historical understanding of the significance of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, the Trail of Tears or where Sitting Bull spent his final years.
This reality is why the claim that the name “Redskins” perpetuates discrimination is a politically motivated pretext for nullifying the First Amendment and handing control over speech to politicians and bureaucrats in the nation's capital.
As Jenkins noted, the escalating tactics being used against the Redskins in recent months increasingly involve application of the full force of the federal government, including threatened prosecution by the FCC and the prospect of the IRS revoking the team's tax exemption.
Note, too, that both of the threats mentioned by Jenkins can also be exercised against the NFL so long as it doesn't force Dan Snyder to cower before the PC bullies and do their bidding. The same is true of radio and television broadcasters. After that will come threats of official retaliation if ESPN anchors ever again mutter the word “Redskin” during "SportsCenter."
This whole thing wreaks of nonsense and hypocrisy. If the far-left loony tunes are so sensitive to the improbability of a football team's name hurting the feelings of Native Americans, then it is only fair to have the government remove the patient and trade mark of one of America's best restaurant chains: Cracker Barrel. This corporation, whose establishments I frequent at least once each week, uses "Cracker" in its name. I am white, called a "Cracker" by many in the African-American community, and I am offended. I don't have live in a barrel, I don't have any barrels on my property and I am not shaped like a barrel. Therefore, I call upon the PTO to bring the hammer down on Cracker Barrel.
Sounds stupid doesn't it? Just about anything pushed by the left these days is moronic, idiotic, asinine and utterly insane. Proving once again that Liberalism is a mental disorder.
Think about this: surely, the Washington Post, which called the PTO decision "a victory for tolerance," will at some point be forced to expunge the word “Redskin” from its digital archives. If recent history teaches anything, it is that the habitually offended won't stop being offended until it is illegal to utter the word “Redskin” in any public forum and indeed is entirely erased from historical memory. As Soviet citizens sadly joked, the future is known, it's the past that keeps changing.
Dan Snyder may not be the ideal NFL owner, but he can strike a blow for the First Amendment and the rule of law by standing up to the PC bullies. He shouldn’t have to do it alone. Hey, let's get Cracker Barrel's CEO Michael Woodhouse on board.
And by the way, my wife, whose father was a full-blood Cherokee is not offended one bit by the name Redskins and will always pull for them in each and every game they play. And I, with my lily white body of Scandinavian descent, will always be eating at a Cracker Barrel once or twice a week.
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