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Saturday, June 09, 2018

Trumping the NFL

President Trump's offer to consider pardons for people recommended by NFL players is a polite way of saying, put up or shut up.

NFL players say they kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Colin Kaepernick, who began this movement, explained the protest to in August 2016.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder," Kaepernick said.

When his protest spread a year later, President Trump and most Americans took offense.

We now are at loggerheads. President Trump wants a breakthrough. His offer is simple: show me the injustices, and I will correct them.

"I'm going to ask them to recommend to me people who were unfairly treated," President Trump told reporters on Friday.

President Trump made it clear that he wants people to respect our flag and the National Anthem, but he also is willing to listen.

"What I'm going to do is, I'm going to say to them instead of talk ... I am going to ask all of those people to recommend to me -- because that's what they're protesting -- people that they think were unfairly treated by the justice system, and I understand that," President Trump said.

"If the athletes have friends of theirs or people they know about that have been unfairly treated by the system, let me know."

Now people who defended the kneelers want to deny the First Amendment right of NFL players "to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Paul Mirengoff of Power Line made the absurd argument that because they are professional athletes, which somehow taints their citizenship.

"They certainly deserve no special standing when it comes to the clemency process. Being the homey of an NFL player should not qualify a criminal for consideration for clemency. Indeed, the mindless, knee-jerk quality of the players’ protest (remember, it started with the shooting of Michael Brown whom even the Obama administration could not find to be a victim) suggests they are the last people Trump should seek guidance from," he wrote.

"Trump is on a clemency kick. Recently, he pardoned long-dead boxer Jack Johnson and commuted the sentence of drug entrepreneur Alice Johnson."

So according to this logic we should strip Mister Johnson of his pardon because Sylvester Stallone recommended it, and Miss Johnson should go back to prison because Kim Kardashian requested her sentence to be commuted to time served.

Mirengoff doesn't want President Trump pardoning anyone anywhere for anything because Mirengoff is stuck in Never Never Land.

"In addition, Trump says he and his staff are considering 3,000 cases of people who might deserve clemency. I wonder how much analysis Trump and his staff are devoting to each case," he wrote.

Obama used his constitutional right to pardon or commute the sentences of nearly 2,000 people. He rejected many as well. Thus, considering that, 3,000 petitions do not seem an unusually large caseload.

But since this involves President Trump, Mirengoff assumes it is wrong.

We have presidents pardons to correct miscarriages of justice, and clemency to show the quality of our mercy.

He began his column, "I understood from the beginning that the Trump presidency would be a circus, but I didn’t expect a sideshow this bizarre."

A record 21 appellate judges confirmed with 10 waiting on deck.

Tax cuts.

The best economy in 50 years.

The Islamic State at bay.

Peace negotiations with North Korea.

If that's a circus, we could have used one 20 years ago.

The time has come for the NFL players to stand up like a man, and give their president a list of injustices to correct. If this bothers the whiny Never Trump crowd, so much the better. It is music to mine ears.


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    1. PDJT is running rings around his detractors.

      PowerLine is an excellent site but Mirengoff is hard core never-Trump. Steven Hayward was one of the authors in the National Review never-Trump issue. he seems to be mostly pro-Trump now and tries to hide his past. Scott Johnson And John Hinderaker are pro-Trump.

  2. Mirengoff, while not a die hard NeverTrump, is often consumed by TDS which he then shares thru his blog posts. By and large Power Line blog is worth reading so I just take him with a grain of salt.


    1. I agree on Power Line being a good site.

    2. I don't. They showed their true colors and I take them at their word. Also, they never say anything I haven't already read 100 times; i.e. not an original thought in their heads. Your site is far more interesting and also more entertaining.

  3. And once the pardons are complete, move on to the overdue prosecutions: WassermanHyphenSchisse, Comey, the rest of the corrupt, nomination-rigging, influence-peddling, false-accusing communist subverters who are - to this day - fomenting sedition and inciting insurrection against the peoples' chosen President.
    Then go after the Kingpin himself: $oro$

  4. I've been waiting for someone to call the President's NFL remarks for what they really are. He's calling their bluff. He's put the NFL protestors in a corner. They have to talk with POTUS or look like fools. Kaepernick should be the first one to call Trump. If he doesn't then he's a hypocrite of the highest degree. Trump cannot lose in this deal. And maybe some injustices will be corrected. Who knows? Either way Trump has outfoxed them again.

    1. Never in their wildest dreams did they think The President would say "put up or shut up" big mouths.

  5. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people." This isn't about the police. He just hates America. He thinks of America as a country that oppresses black people. Period. That's what the flag represents to him. He doesn't have a cause or a goal; he just has a chip on his shoulder.

  6. This is a brilliant move by Trump. If the players submit a gigantic list of names, they will look unserious to the public. If they decide to pare the list down to a reasonable size of a few names, it will likely occasion a lot of acrimonious infighting that pits different factions of the players against each other. In either case, it requires the players to stop mouthing platitudes and to offer specific arguments in favor of leniency towards each name on the list they submit. I doubt the players are knowledgeable enough or even willing to spend the time to do that. The NFLPA lawyers might be able to document a good case for some jailed individuals but who will set the criteria for placing names on the list? The players themselves? Or the lawyers? It's Put Up or Shut Up time.

    1. These athletes don't know crap about who's in jail on bad charges. They'll have to have help from Antifa, BLM, SPLC, and the Rev's Al and Jessee.

  7. Donald very deftly "took ownership of the issue" away from the players in question. The #Never Trmpers expose their own shallow thinking and reasoning - focusing merely on the person they hate - in reality an ad hominem, and miss the quiet genius involved.

    As for Kaepernick - IMHO - he is the quintessential punk. the NFL's "Pajama Boy" - with a "fro."

    1. His commie girlfriend got him to start this take-a-knee campaign in the first place, and I suspect she wrote that statement of his. He always looked clueless as he was kneeling.

  8. Can’t add anything here. Excellent posts, all.

  9. The orange embarrassment doesn't have a clue: “We appreciate President Trump’s sentiment, but a pardon is unnecessary. The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Muhammad Ali in a unanimous decision in 1971. There is no conviction from which a pardon is needed.”

    1. Someone other than Trump clearly thinks so.

      And the only orange embarrassment was the guy who talked about the English Embassy, the Intercontinental Railroad, the Marines' corpsemen, and his American uncle who liberated Auschwitz.

  10. Those guys have been pampered since at least 4th grade.

    They have no homies and probably don't know very many real people.

    Which I think is Trump's point.

  11. I could be misremembering it all, but didn't this all begin when the 49'ers coach benched Kaepernick because the foul smell he was emitting on field with his poor performance every weekend? It then morphed into this police brutality thing as his way of explaining why he was behaving as a spoiled little twat on the sideline.