Set to one side that the reason most Americans can sing the words to their national anthem is that for generations, every American attending a professional baseball game has stood to look at the flag while someone sings “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Many Americans think the last words of the national anthem are “Play ball!”
Baseball is about baseball. The NFL and NBA seem to be about more things than I can process—some of them political, some of them personal.
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On Fanatics.com, sales of Villanueva’s jersey skyrocketed, launching up to the third highest-seller in Pittsburgh Steelers jersey as of just before 8 PM Eastern time, behind only a custom Steelers jersey and Antonio Brown‘s jersey. Villanueva’s jersey also jumped into the top sellers around the league, and as of 7:45 PM EST trailed only Marshawn Lynch, Derek Carr, Carson Wentz, Brown, and Aaron Rodgers in sales.
Partisan bickering over the president’s mental capacity is not new. It’s as American as apple pie, in fact, and a subject of more urgency only as a function of the phenomenal powers invested in that office. It’s one thing to concern ourselves with the unknowable mind of this president, but it’s something else entirely to obsess over the minds of the masses. Those are the thoughts with which so many seem preoccupied. Those thoughts might be wicked thoughts. And since wicked thoughts cannot be proscribed, their very inception must be interdicted. Down that road lies its own sort of madness.
The alt right and social justice warriors are racial collectivists who are opposed to the basic values of the Enlightenment.
A pretty fair and balanced take on affirmative action.
We should insist on procedural justice — which is to say, we should insist on the rule of law and on the equality of all people before it. But we ought not allow that insistence to be a bunker into which we retreat when we do not wish to think too hard about the real social and economic distance between black Americans and white Americans. The fact that we passed a new set of rules in 1964 is not in itself an accounting for what came before or an answer to what has happened since.
Election 2016 has now concluded and the president is now Donald Trump. I am pretty satisfied with the results and glad that it happened in the way that it did. Trump was not supposed to win. Trump was confronted at every turn by the establishment elite, media, polling, entertainment industry, financial industry, etc. and yet still prevailed against their wishes. Why did this happen and why did Trump win?
Trump had a message that resonates. Trump was masterful at getting people enthusiastic to vote for him. Furthermore the growing movement of authoritarian progressivism is largely to blame. People have lost patience with the political correct movement and social justice with their selective justice. People are tired of political issues (terrorism, illegal immigration, trade, etc.) not being addressed and having establishment politicians tell you with their infinite wisdom how you ought to feel about said political issues. People are tired of not being able to discuss racial issues or gender issues without being labeled and lambasted. What essentially happened was a complete shift in the parties which was unprecedented. Who would have thought that the Republican party would run a populist versus a Democratic corporate candidate.
Where do we go from here? That is unknown but I think we have a good idea that something is going to happen given Republican control of all major branches. The Republican party is in a conflicted state with establishment Republicans at odds with the newly risen alt-right. The Democrats are a broken party with no real leader also divided between liberals and progressives. We could see major changes in the next 4 years from both parties. It would be wise though for Democrats to not choose a candidate among themselves instead of allowing the democratic processes to take place.
But I will end on a positive note. The world is still alive and the Sun came up. Markets will rebound as they always do. Life will continue on as God wills it.
Good series from Sargon.