Patriotism bought and paid for isn’t patriotism

AtlantaFalcons.com

AtlantaFalcons.com

So the Atlanta Falcons were paid roughly a million dollars over the past three years to hold those heart-warming, patriotic ceremonies honoring members of the American military as “hometown heros”? Those events were, in essence, paid commercials?

And other NFL franchises and sports teams, including Major League Baseball and the Atlanta Braves, have had similar deals with the Defense Department?

That’s just wrong.

I don’t have a problem with the military marketing itself to potential recruits, but we ought to be able to recognize that marketing when we see it. When your own government is manipulating you without your knowledge — paying people to play on your emotions — it reeks of propaganda.

Furthermore, those ceremonies were clearly designed to leave the impression that the Falcons and other sports franchises were honoring those who serve in our military and National Guard out of the teams’ own sense of civic duty and national pride. They generated a lot of good will for themselves for something that was basically a commercial transaction, and the millions of Americans who have stood and applauded during those moments had no idea that they were the targets of that transaction.

Patriotism that is bought and paid for isn’t patriotism. Like love that is bought and paid for, it’s something much less appealing, and it cheapens the real thing.

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josef
josef

The first round of testing in Mississippi is in for “those people” on welfare and drugs.Of c 20,000 persons receiving TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families}, 5,578 were screened since August.Eight (0.14%) tested positive.

Wonder what the figure would be for the state’s legislators who passed this particular little bit of insanity?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Kyle is suffering the foolishness of a deficit-scoldy Senator Perdue and saying nice things about him if any of ya are interested.

td1234
td1234

Transportation SHEETS

gotalife
gotalife

Also, jeb winning is not scary because you know exactly how he will govern. Just like his brother and we survived his disasters.I was surprised to see him fail on foreign policy. He should know neocon positions by now. He might be dumber than w after seeing that.

josef
josef

Is the IMAM on vacation?

gotalife
gotalife

I don't think more Clinton economy and peace and prosperity are scary.


Perhaps you are just a coward.

KUTGF
KUTGF

She had heard Mr. Bush argue, a few moments before, that America’s retreat from the Middle East under President Obama had contributed to the growing power of the Islamic State. She told the former governor that he was wrong, and made the case that blame lay with the decision by the administration of his brother George W. Bush to disband the Iraqi Army.

“It was when 30,000 individuals who were part of the Iraqi military were forced out — they had no employment, they had no income, and they were left with access to all of the same arms and weapons,” Ms. Ziedrich said.

She added: “Your brother created ISIS.”

Mr. Bush interjected. “All right. Is that a question?”

Ms. Ziedrich was not finished. “You don’t need to be pedantic to me, sir.”

“Pedantic? Wow,” Mr. Bush replied.

Then Ms. Ziedrich asked: “Why are you saying that ISIS was created by us not having a presence in the Middle East when it’s pointless wars where we send young American men to die for the idea of American exceptionalism? Why are you spouting nationalist rhetoric to get us involved in more wars?”

Mr. Bush replied: “We respectfully disagree. We have a disagreement. When we left Iraq, security had been arranged, Al Qaeda had been taken out. ....

http://crooksandliars.com/2015/05/college-student-ruins-jeb-bushs-day

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Why yes that is embarrassing to Hillary. 

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF Yes, Jeb will actually has the knowledge and ability to face the opposition and take the hard questions while Hillary cannot even take questions from the friendly press. LOL 

SFM_Scootter
SFM_Scootter

@KUTGF Hey honested,aren't you going to ask Keep what this has to do with faux patriotism?

KUTGF
KUTGF

@_GodlessHeathen_ @KUTGF  My goodness, if you are going to try to use big words like pontificate you might check into what question marks mean. 

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@td1234 @KUTGF Just wait until their families get compared.


The Clintons' kid has a good education, great job, stable marriage and a new kid.


The Bushs' kid has a drug problem and multiple stays in rehab.


consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@KUTGF so Obama was right, "Al Qaeda had been taken out.."  hmmmmmmmmm, do conservatives really believe that?

gotalife
gotalife

@KUTGF  They knew the Sunnis would come back. The student is dead right and the younger generation are usually right on the issues. They don't play politics.

fedup52
fedup52

Are there enough seats left in the clown car.  George Pataki may join in at the end of the month.

RandroidWillBoy
RandroidWillBoy

In an embarrassing development for Hillary supporters, Bush has pretty much eclipsed her poll lead.  It's way too early to be sure.  If it comes down to Clinton v Bush, god help us..

td1234
td1234

"On Tuesday President Obama said that those parents who send their children to private schools negatively impact opportunity for everyone else.

In a “Morning Joe” interview Wednesday morning on MSNBC, host Joe Scarborough asked White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest to explain the President’s comments. Before playing Earnest the clip, Scarborough said this:

Were you, I am sure you will be asked this question many times in your next press briefing, but the president was critical of people who went to private schools and sent their children to private schools and plays at private clubs and well every alarm should be going off. Do you have that clip? Let’s play that clip first.

Scarborough mentioned Obama’s background, and the fact that his children attend private schools:

Obviously, the man that said it, went to the best prep school in Hawaii and went to the best private colleges in the United States, his children who I don’t think it’s anybody’s business where they send their children, but if the president is going to criticize people who send their children to private schools he has to recognize, obviously, that he sends his children to the best schools in Washington, possibly America.

Then he asked the Press Secretary this question:

How does he, is there a self critique against himself, the mistakes he’s made? What was the president trying to get at there?

Earnest gave several different answers, but this was the most direct:

Again, I don’t think he’s criticizing sending people to private schools.

He’s suggesting all Americans need to keep in mind; it’s in our collective interest as a country and as citizens for us to invest in the common good, for us to invest and make sure we have good quality public schools available for everybody so that everybody has a fair shot.

You can decide for yourself whether the President did indeed criticize those who send their kids to private schools, and if Earnest successfully defended his comments. Malia and Sasha Obama attend Sidwell Friends School, and have done so since January of 2009."

td1234
td1234

@honested That story has been beaten to death the past day. Next up.

LeninTime
LeninTime

@td1234 

So do you still think Barack Obama is a crypto-socialist? 

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@td1234 

Some folks work so hard to find something to get upset about...  ;>)

honested
honested

@td1234 @honested 

But who, besides the tiny cadre of wrong wing nuts that hang on the foolishness of morning joe give a tinkers damn?

honested
honested

@td1234 

That's nice.

However it is just another opinion.

Tell me, what does it have to do with faux patriotism being for sale?

td1234
td1234

@Nick_Danger Who is upset? It is rather fun and makes me happy to point out the hypocrisies of progressives and especially the progressive elites.  

RandroidWillBoy
RandroidWillBoy

@LeninTime @td1234 

Didn't know that word existed.  He is simply no different that any flimsy elected folks.  Say whatever is needed to get elected.  Plays the victim.  Same as all the corruptresentatives in Congress..

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@td1234 the actual quote in context


"What’s happened in our economy is that those who are doing better and better... are withdrawing from sort of the commons," Obama said. "Kids start going to private schools; kids start working out at private clubs instead of the public parks. An anti-government ideology then disinvests from those common goods and those things that draw us together. And that, in part, contributes to the fact that there’s less opportunity for our kids, all of our kids."