We fail to follow why anyone cares what some celebratedly mammalian actress or outstandingly thuggish football player thinks of President Trump, North Korea or the Star Spangled Banner. We might value their respective opinions on wearing makeup or knocking people down but for advice on politics or propriety we will consult elsewhere. Not so our erstwhile “news” media, however.
These, now evolved into propagandists, dwell endlessly upon the glandular reactions of such societal lions at the expense of any rational thought or accumulated real human history.
North Korea is less a nuclear power than for instance, Pakistan. Pakistan is the real U.S. opponent in Afghanistan, though it receives billions in U.S. aid every year. Its major ally is China. None of that ever seems to be newsworthy. Our considered opinion is that North Korea is news in spite of its negligible real stature but more because the Russians and Chinese find it useful as their pit bull against the U.S. and the Trump administration finds it useful to justify military spending amounting to a match for the next roughly 10 countries on earth added together.
And the NFL national anthem brouhaha succumbs at once to any rational thought: Why play the anthem before athletic events, anyway? What does a football game have to do with patriotism? Why do the teams need to be on field if it is played? That has not always been the case. And if an actress on the Oscars show can dis the U.S. with Constitutional impunity, why not athletes? Clearly, the Oscars bay impose behavior and so may the NFL at their respective events, for which they have paid. If they do not do so, we are free to conclude that they approve of their representatives’ conduct with respect to the American flag.
And we in the audience are equally free to say “Screw you, ungrateful and undeserving millionaires” and to simultaneously stop paying admissions to such events. That’s fair on both ends, right?