Encore of Revival: America, October 2, 2017

Eagles are attacking drones in Australia. Maybe they don’t like “terrible horrible no good very bad drones” in Australia. So far, North American eagles don’t seem interested… so far.

Several ratings are up: presidential polls, the Dow Jones, Hannity at 9 P.M., and an opposition senator in Alabama. NFL ratings, however, seem to be in severe decline. According to recent stats, the league’s popularity fell by about half in the general public, but by more than half among Trump supporters.

The “kneeling players” don’t seem to understand what they have gotten themselves into. They are not “bad” people. NFL dissidents do not generally begrudge the kneeling players as much as they begrudge the league. The nation is lucky that the US does not have a current formal declaration of war, lest protesting the US on foreign soil, namely Britain, be a “treasonous” offense. The players probably do not know that they are protesting the entire nation by not standing during a national anthem, nor about the legal meaning of protesting a nation’s flag while in another nation.

Walter Williams says that the problem goes back to education. While he focuses on Blacks having been, more or less, “nannied” too much, education around the country has declined. Racism should be discussed. Most Whites agree. Whether this person or that person said, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” is a technical question of fact, not any view of the importance of the ongoing problem of racism. But, the American public has not been educated to know the difference. For more and more Americans, to deny “hands up don’t shoot” in a specific situation means to deny that there is any issue of racism at all. Nothing could be farther from the truth. But, many people just don’t know the difference. That is a failure in public education.

The NFL players should be educated about the meaning of their actions. They are genuinely asking for something good. Doing it in the wrong way was not their intent, but it was the wrong way. The responsibility belongs to the NFL. But, the league has allowed itself to get too involved in politics and not done enough to prevent controversy driven by confusion, the kneeling players being only the latest in a long slew of grievances with their viewer base.

There is opportunity for deep change in America, especially with the NFL. The league could get back to football and stop playing “politics”. The players could be given a microphone and offered an alternate way to express their legitimate concerns. The country could clarify the truth about progress and “adaptive infections” where racism is concerned. Maybe the crisis in the NFL will initiate much needed conversation in America about many things, including thankfulness for a nation where those discussions can be held honestly. Whether the league chooses to save itself, however, is another question altogether.

Bold Eagles: Angry Birds Are Ripping $80,000 Drones Out of the Sky | WSJ


Daily Presidential Tracking Poll: Friday, September 29, 2017 | Rasmussen

Dow posts first 8-quarter win streak in 20 years | CNBC

Hannity beats Maddow in first week of 9 p.m. showdown | Politico

Roy Moore wins Alabama Senate GOP primary runoff | CNN


NFL Favorability Gets Nearly Cut In Half After Anthem Protests | Daily Caller

NFL commissioner, owners held unity meeting about future protests; John Mara will support Giants who kneel | NY Daily

Three NFL players kneel for U.S. national anthem, stand for British anthem during Saints-Dolphins London game | AOL News

The Black Family Is Struggling, and It’s Not Because of Slavery | Daily Signal

Walter E Williams – On Education | YouTube – LibertyPen

Capital Hill Conflict

Kasich: If GOP “can’t be fixed,” I can’t support it | Axios

Trump’s tax plan is ALREADY in trouble with his own party… | Daily Mail

In Libya Strike, Military Shows New Lethal Powers Under Trump | US News

Flight furor: Obama officials also took pricey, non-commercial planes | Fox News

Price resigns from HHS after facing fire for travel | Politico