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Outsiders vs. Insiders: Liberals initiated the culture wars, let them feel the noxious effects

“Power is everything” said John Aaron (played by actor Loren Dean) in the movie Apollo 13, warning of bad things to come if the status quo wasn’t altered. Aaron continued, “Without it they don't talk to us, they don’t correct their trajectory, they don’t turn their heatshield around…we gotta turn everything off. Now.”

Aaron's theory is certainly logical when talking about a crippled spacecraft drifting through the vast void of outer space. Out there, power is everything. But here on earth “power” doesn't command the same hegemony. And LeBron James Crooked Hillarywhen it comes to American politics, power is nice -- but “culture” is everything.

President Donald Trump understands this and that’s why he’s chosen to pick very public fights with prominent pundits, Democrats, media figures, celebrities, #NeverTrumpers and even athletes to emphasize his America First positions. Whereas all presidents in the past (mostly) refrained from diving headfirst into the mosh pit of culture with the “popular” class, Trump not only does it – he relishes it too.

Trump recently took on none other than NBA legend LeBron James, a player who’s never hesitated to publicly criticize the president. So why not? Trump tweeted last Friday night, “Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!”

“Mike” refers to Michael Jordan. The ongoing debate in NBA circles is who is/was better, James or Jordan. Clearly Trump sides with the latter group.

No doubt the skittish “play nice in politics” Republican establishment ruling elites cringed at the thought – an American president going on social media to infer one of the most well-appreciated people in America (James) is not smart. Add the fact James is African-American and their panic must’ve doubled. “Oh no, he’s doing racist stuff again!” they must’ve thought.

Insinuating an athlete (who happens to be black) is something less than intelligent is a dangerous business in America these days. Such a transgression will certainly draw investigation by the politically correct thought police; a faux indictment for high crimes and misdemeanors could easily follow and Trump will inevitably find himself once again run through the hate-wringer on MSNBC, CNN, late night TV and probably ESPN. Like there’s anything new there.

Leftists make “sport” out of bashing the president. That’s our culture today.

It didn’t take long for the media jackals to feast on this latest carcass either. ESPN.com reported on Saturday morning, “James has publicly criticized Trump before. In September 2017, he called Trump a ‘bum’ for rescinding his invitation to the Golden State Warriors to celebrate their championship with a visit to the White House.

“’Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!’ James tweeted then...

“’He doesn't understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country,’ James said ... ‘He doesn't understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the president of the United States for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement. He doesn't understand that, and that's what makes me more sick than anything, that we have someone that's ... this is the most, this is the No. 1 position in the world.’”

Somehow I’m having a hard time picturing a kid who’s shelling out well over a hundred bucks to wear LeBron James sneakers as “looking up” to Trump. Kids in the street dribbling basketballs couldn’t care less about what’s going on in Washington and largely because of their parents’ – and role models’ -- political affiliations are much more likely to favor Maxine Waters, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris and Eric Holder than they are Donald Trump.

That’s more to their own detriment. Democrats have subjugated, abused and taken for granted African-American (and Hispanic, Asian and every other ethnic minority) voters for a lifetime. Brainless fools like LeBron James are only perpetuating the myth that Democrats are there to help poor people with food stamp applications and voter registration forms. So, if a kid “looks up” to LeBron James and sees him saying harsh things about the American president, who are they more likely to believe? Would they buy Donald Trump shoes?

And assuming these hypothetical kids are even receiving Trump’s side of the story, where would they be hearing it from? Answer: the same media outlets that offer commentary and “news” reporting on everything else, which studies prove is over 90 percent negative towards the current occupant of the White House.

It’s been examined before, but what grants someone like LeBron James the clout and authority to be making value judgments about American politics? Being good at sports isn’t a prerequisite for intelligent commentary. In James’s case he happened to be genetically predisposed to grow unusually tall (6’8”) with superior athletic ability. James was so extraordinary he went straight from high school to NBA stardom – so there doesn’t appear to have been any post-secondary education to broaden the player’s reasoning abilities either.

James is a political partisan too, having appeared at Democrat rallies, including one for Hillary Clinton. He’s entitled to his opinion but it should be noted he isn’t exactly “neutral” here.  

Does the absence of a college degree make one stupid or ignorant? Hardly; but learning how to use one’s noodle to absorb information and process it is a learned skill and it needs to be done off the basketball court. Just like James’ brain excels at split second calculations on how far and how hard to toss a basketball, he likely hasn’t devoted similar practice time into reading political philosophy.

There’s no John Locke in James’ comments. His views sound like they’re straight out of the Barack Obama/Democrat playbook. How’s that for sounding intelligent?

Unfortunately, popular American culture allows people like James to run their mouths – and the “kids” see him as an authority figure. Michael Jordan too – everyone probably remembers the famous Gatorade “Be Like Mike” advertising campaign. Modern day athletes have outsized platforms for commenting on social and cultural issues – and if you’re not a liberal in that capacity you’re made into an awkward example. Why do you think it matters so much when players are publicly chastised for Twitter comments from seven years ago?

For what it’s worth, Jordan and others defended James in the heat of the spat, pointing out that James has dumped tons of money into education charities, etc. As if doing good on one end justifies claiming the president of the United States “divides” the country just because he insists athletes should stand for the flag during the national anthem. If that’s the way they want it, fine.

Ah, how we long for the good 'ol days where everything wasn't automatically politicized. On my recent jaunt to the Ronald Reagan presidential library I noted a rather prominent display dedicated to sports teams' visits to the White House during The Gipper's tenure. Sports winners of all races and creeds smiled alongside the president with no politics to burden the occasion.

Now rhetorical wars are fought through Twitter. Social media has changed the world. But that’s another story. The left’s drive to extinguish traditional American culture continues unabated. If you’re a liberal woman (and a minority) you apparently can articulate blatantly racist views and receive a pass from the squishy class. Or at least get away with years’ worth of jabs – as long as they’re directed at white men.

David French wrote at National Review, “[T]he New York Times announced that it had hired Sarah Jeong to join its editorial board, and — like clockwork — controversial old tweets promptly surfaced. In them, Jeong expressed some rather interesting views of ‘[dumba** f***ing] white people,’ musing about how much joy she gets ‘out of being cruel to old white men’ and how ‘white men are [bullsh**].’ For good measure she also compared white people to ‘groveling goblins’ and questioned why they’re ‘genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun.’ In a statement, Jeong expressed her regret and explained that she was engaging in ‘counter-trolling’ designed to mimic the language of racists who harassed her online.”

Racists? Is this a case of fighting fire with fire or naked prejudice based on appearance?

French concluded his essay, “A healthy society urges people to reject unhealthy temptations to generalize, and instead urges that we treat our fellow citizens with a degree of grace and to judge them based on their individual actions. Any categorical hatred or disgust stands directly against this virtue. So, yes, anti-white racism is real, and Americans can and should reject it while still keeping in mind matters of gravity and proportion.

“Are we really so far gone that we can’t condemn taking ‘joy’ in being ‘cruel’ to another person on the basis of their race? It’s time to understand a fundamental truth: The denigration of human beings — yes, including white human beings — works its own harm.”

Well put. The matter works both ways. While most folks concede there are still a few reprehensibly backwards people out there (torch bearing bipedal garbage), they’re an incredibly small percentage of the whole. Freedom of speech and thought guarantees the right to be ignorant and no one should be sanctioned for their views as long as they don’t violently (or harmfully) act on them.

Sarah Jeong did act (for years) and now it’s common knowledge as to what she thinks. She’s on the record having said she “enjoys” being cruel and judging by the group. What if a conservative working at a right-leaning publication promoted ill-treatment for a class of citizens (racial or homosexual)? The media would be all over it like flies on buffalo chips.

French’s point is one type of racism shouldn’t be tolerated while others are appropriately condemned. It’s not that hard to figure out. And getting back to LeBron James, why should he be championed on the same liberal cable news channel that negatively reports on the president 24/7/365? Where’s the proportionality here? Is CNN going to bring on Tim Allen (of “Last Man Standing”) to provide balance to James’ remarks about how Trump “divides” us?

And who’s really doing the “dividing” in America anyway when even some local Democrat authorities stand to the side while leftist anarchist mobs intimidate and threaten ICE employees and local residents who just want to go about their jobs and lives? The recent situation in Portland was particularly disturbing.

Andy Ngo reported in the Wall Street Journal, “A mob surrounded ICE’s office in Southwest Portland June 19. They barricaded the exits and blocked the driveway. They sent ‘guards’ to patrol the doors, trapping workers inside. At night they laid on the street, stopping traffic at a critical junction near a hospital. Police stayed away. ‘At this time I am denying your request for additional resources,’ the Portland Police Bureau’s deputy chief, Robert Day, wrote to federal officers pleading for help. Hours later, the remaining ICE workers were finally evacuated by a small federal police team. The facility shut down for more than a week.

“Signs called ICE employees ‘Nazis’ and ‘white supremacists.’ Others accused them of running a ‘concentration camp,’ and demanded open borders and prosecution of ICE agents. Along a wall, vandals wrote the names of ICE staff, encouraging others to publish their private information online. Federal workers were defenseless. An ICE officer, who asked that his name not be published, told me one of his colleagues was trailed in a car and confronted when he went to pick up his daughter from summer camp. Later people showed up at his house. Another had his name and photo plastered on flyers outside his home accusing him of being part of the ‘Gestapo.’”

Ngo’s article is shocking, well worth the read if you’ve got a Wall Street Journal subscription. It should be noted when a larger federal police force finally went in to clean out the human anti-ICE vermin the “protesters” singled out one of the officers by race. Ngo observed, “They repeatedly called a black officer ‘traitor’ and ‘house n—.’ They shouted that they knew where the officers lived, and published more addresses online.”

Why doesn’t CNN’s Don Lemon probe LeBron James or Colin Kaepernick for their thoughts on what took place in Portland? Why shouldn’t these supposedly wise athletes be asked for their views on abolishing ICE? If ball players are so quick to defend leftist NFL flag dissenters, how do they feel about African-American policemen being called “traitor” and “house n----” by scumbag leftist “protesters” who are only there to cause trouble and disrupt?

President Trump is entirely correct to take sides in the culture war and if he needs to bring up LeBron James’s name to cause a stir and get people to focus on what’s going on out there, so be it. Democrats are the ones who’ve turned up the rhetorical heat – let them bathe in the burnt-out ashes.

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