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F…(Forget) The NFL

A couple of days ago I wrote a post on hiking as a form of escape. In it I said that heading out to the woods was a way of escaping the pressures of every day life. I used to feel this way about the NFL. Every Sunday I couldn’t wait to turn on the Fox pre-game show and then watch the games all day long! I knew that for a few hours on Sunday I could just veg out and not think about anything.

When Colin K. began his protest last year, I feared that the politics of that gesture would creep its way into the game that I loved as it unfortunately has happened in Hollywood. Sure enough, in the space of a year, it has come to the point where I can’t watch any of it. The pre-game, the games itself or the post game shows. All have been politicized to the point where they are totally unwatchable.

Thankfully our great country has a Constitution and it clearly states in the First Amendment that every person has the right to free speech. I don’t have an issue with anyone who wants to protest. I served my country in the USMC so that all of us will continue to have the right of free speech. My issue is where they choose to do it. As I said, sports and by the way, I’ll add movies and concerts along with this because they are venues where we choose  to get away from it all. They have now ruined it.

With the money that they make, I am certain that they could find a more suitable place and time to air their grievances instead of alienating at least half of their audience. Let football be what it is-a game. Get rid of the politics.

Where and when in our culture did we get sidetracked by the idea that because you can play a sport, sing or act, that you are now an enlightened political voice? I do not now nor have I ever expected someone in sports or entertainment to provide me with political commentary or guidance. they are not role models. I do not look up to them in any way and do not expect them to feel the need to be burdened with that responsibility.

So what do I think? Even though I disagree with those who do not stand, I will support your right to do so. For all of you athletes, actors and singers, please just shut up and play your game, act or sing your songs. That’s it. Nothing more. Until that time I won’t be watching the NFL or paying to go to the movies. I refuse to finance your incredibly hypocritical political views.

So for now, join me as I say F…(forget) the NFL.


Facebook and Politics

When  first heard of Facebook, I thought it would be a great way to reconnect with the people who I went to high school with, served in the Marine Corps and have just met over the years. And for the most part it has pretty much it has been a good experience. It has been wonderful seeing the careers that my friends have chosen, the families they have and the accomplishments they have celebrated over the years.

But Facebook has now become a cesspool of negativity and hate. I am speaking about both sides of the political aisle. The vile, negative and ridiculous things that are posted most often times make people look (I’m sorry) like idiots.

The bottom line is this-Yes, for those on the left, we know you don’t like Trump. But now you  have to get over the fact that Hilary lost. You cried and screamed for eight years that the right did nothing to help Obama. So now you do the same thing you accused the right of doing? That is hypocrisy at its best.

For those on the right, we know you didn’t like Obama and Hillary. You did your best to obstruct everything that Obama did. Expect the same with Trump. If you think otherwise then you might be a little delusional.

With all of that said, we all have to find a way to better discuss politics. Most of what I have seen written about Obama & Trump is just hateful and stupid. If you choose to post this material then you are acting in an irresponsible and intellectually dishonest manner.

My thought then is this-Let’s get Facebook back to where it used to be. I would much rather read about how your kid got all section in basketball or how they made the honor roll. We all know how much you hate Trump and Penceand we all know how much you hate Obama and Hillary. For those on the left, get over it, you have to deal with Trump for at least four years. We don’t need you to remind people every single minute of every single day. On the right, we don’t need people to be reminded every minute of every single day about how bad Obama and Hillary where.

If people don’t like my idea and continue to with the negativity, I’ll just not have you as a Facebook friend. I’ll certainly miss you, but I refuse to waste another second on hate and negativity, whether it be on the left or right. You certainly have the right to post whatever you want, but those of us who choose to be just a little bit more positive have the right to ignore it.

I certainly hope that you will join me!


Can’t We All Just Get Along???

In just a few short weeks a new president of the United States will be elected. The one and only guarantee of this election is that approximately one half of the population will not be happy with the results. It won’t matter who is elected, the internet will be filled with cries of the end of the world and that as a nation we won’t be able to survive four years of  a Clinton or Trump presidency.

Decisions will be made that you won’t agree with. Things will be said by the new president that you won’t agree with. Both sides of the aisle will continue the insidious name calling that has sadly become the mainstream of U.S. politics.

Here’s the one good thing. You don’t have to be a part of the nonsense. It doesn’t matter who you support, in the end it is your choice on how you decide to respond. You can be part of the name calling and blaming, or you can decide not to be.

I am making a choice to do the following (regardless of who wins):

  1. Each of us have a system of values that we have either received from our families or developed on our own. I will continue to impart these values to my children and I will associate with those who hold those same beliefs.
  2. I understand that not everyone shares my beliefs but I will not resort to demeaning those who are opposed to what I believe.
  3. With that said, I will not tolerate those who oppose me in a manner which is detrimental to both parties. I will actively defend my beliefs in an appropriate manner.

As Americans, we have the first amendment right to speech. In these troubled times we need to exercise that right, but to do so in a manner that does not resort to what has become the norm in our society. Nothing is going to change in our society (and many others) if we can’t learn to disagree with each other without resorting to lowering ourselves to calling names and playing to the stereotypes that got us to where we are in the first place.

Way to much mental energy is wasted on hating those who disagree with us. Instead of continuing to beat each down through words and actions, someone has to stand up to those on both sides who do not want to participate in a meaningful discussion. Will that person be a politician? An everyday person? Who??

Please let  me know what you think. Am I crazy to expect a reasonable amount of civil discourse, no matter who wins?