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Lightbulb Moment: The NFL, Donald Trump, and the Collectivist Payback

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on September 30, 2017

ppt-jpeg4He who understands fear understands reality. Religion and politics are defined by two parties: the total inability of mankind and the ability of mankind. Confidence versus insecurity…in self.

Individualism doesn’t exclude God, it recognizes the reality of God’s creation; man was created free and capable. Government is an institution supported by the people to protect that right. A government by the people and for the people.

Collectivism believes that the sole purpose of people is to support government which is God’s agent for enabling the individual to cope with life. Funny, the very definition of “mental health” depends on one’s ability to “cope with life.” Collectivism deems everyone mentally ill to varying degrees. And, the sole value of every person depends on their ability to support the state or contribute to society. And by the way, fear (anxiety or outright paranoia) is an element of EVERY single mental illness diagnosis.

Collectivists fear individualism; they believe individualism in its purest form will destroy mankind. The confident are willing to reason, but the fearful lash out like a wild animal that is cornered by a perceived predator. Fear is always unreasonable. God’s preordained government seeks to make sure every individual serves the “collective good”…or else. You dare not take away the collectivist savoir called “government.” And by the way, beware of “conservative” politicians who say God has to do everything. More often than not, that’s backdoor collectivism. Invariably, God does everything through government.

Donald Trump is an individualist. Obviously, he personifies self-confidence to degrees that are amusing at times. In a way, he is an evangelist preaching the gospel of self-confident individualism and drives the point home with outrageous statements.

A Donald Trump will cause collectivists to utterly lose their minds, or what’s left of them.
Obviously, since the ignorant portion of Americana dared elect Trump, the collectivist left has become totally unhinged. And, football players destroying the NFL with their anti-Trump antics seems to be perplexing, but not really.

For me, the lightbulb has come on; it’s a lightbulb moment.

By and large, what makes up the NFL’s fanbase? Yep, Midwestern pickup truck driving rednecks…the ones who primarily voted for Trump.

The rest is simple; because they voted for Trump, their football is being taken away, or at least used to lecture them. This is collectivist payback.

But are football players politically correct collectivists? Look at where they came from: the major universities; any questions? Add to that the entitlement perks that they have been pampered with. And by the way, you can add this nugget as well: most of them have already made all of the money they need to make.

An aside question: did Marshawn Lynch come out of retirement to play politics instead of football? It’s a good question. And have you heard the latest about the team he joined? There are rumors that the players actually threw the game over their white quarterback standing for the National Anthem.

Final answer: the NFL fanbase is being punished for voting Trump.

paul

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  1. John said, on September 30, 2017 at 11:55 AM

    Where I’m from, people don’t like the U.S., no matter who the president is. I always ask these people the same question: “Suppose America withdraws all its global investments and (monetary) help it gives (in whatever form), would you still think the same?”
    So many aid organizations in my area are dependent (totally) on American donations, salaries, infrastructure, and help in general.

    I see the “Horn Effect” in action when it comes to Trump. Even if he does something good as president, it’s simply wrong or not good enough. Remember the G.W. Bush-bashing days? The sour losers remind me of my favorite bunch of devils. Sour when things don’t go their way. . . to the point that they would actually use illegal tactics to “rectify” something that’s not wrong in the first place. Has it not already happened?

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  2. Martin said, on October 1, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    Paul,

    You couldn’t be more wrong. A lot of white Americans, like Trump himself and the 98% of the white owners of NFL, NBA and MLB want a black man like Colin Kaepernick to simply “shut up and play”. He won’t. In breaking the tradition (and Who else do we know that had the knack for breaking the tradition of men?) he showed his courage that he was willing to lose his job over his protest against racial injustice and police brutality. That’s not fear.

    Trump thought that he could garner support for such opposition and intimidate (instill fear in) other players from protesting by making an example of Kaepernick. It backfired.

    There is simply no excuse for defending Trump’s racism. His hatred of Obama has little to do with Obama’s policies. Here is a detailed documentation of his racism:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/donald-trump-racist-examples_us_56d47177e4b03260bf777e83

    Also there is no comparison between the “punishment” of Trump’s NFL fan base and the punishment of the people of Puerto Rico that Trump so obviously enables. Trump lashing out at the mayor of San Juan when she is begging for help because people are dying is truly deplorable. He really will kick one to the curb. That is his true character.

    Finally, a letter written by Martin Luther King Jr. while in jail, in 1963, highlights precisely the issue of white Americans’ unwillingness to accept such protests, like the one by Colin Kaepernick:

    “I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White Citizens Councillor or the Ku Klux Klanner but the white moderate who is more devoted to order than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says, “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I can’t agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically feels that he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by the myth of time; and who constantly advises the Negro to wait until a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”

    —Martin Luther King Jr., “LETTER FROM BIRMINGHAM JAIL,” April 16, 1963

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    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on October 1, 2017 at 3:39 PM

      No, you couldn’t be more wrong on multiple levels here, but I will only name one: venue. I don’t know why I am stating the obvious here, but I suppose it’s necessary. Um, people watch football for this thing we call “respite” care. Entertainment is a rest or break from the rigors of life. You see, ALL people need it, so it is a time when people of all sorts and beliefs can come together and do just that; it’s a mutual or shared enjoyment over one particular thing. THIS IS WHAT FOOTBALL FANS ARE PAYING FOR AND NOTHING ELSE! Duh. Clearly, the fans are not going to get their football without a lecture on racism. It’s like me going to a pizza eatery for, well, pizza, and upon arriving getting a lecture by the staff on the evils of pizza, and then informing me that I am only going to get a vegetarian dish, and this after I already paid for pizza. Or, simply a lecture on racism before my food is served. Either way, paying customers have a right to receive what they pay for and nothing more or less.

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  3. Martin said, on October 2, 2017 at 10:15 AM

    You rail against the institutional church but you forget that every venue where people gather to watch a game is also an institutionalized place. People attending both venues, have IDENTICAL expectations from both and thus put and equal value on both:

    A carefully crafted IMAGE of each said institution (descriptive names, flags, logos, etc.)
    Strict rules of conduct and behaviour that become revealingly more loose on the outside
    Penalties for breaking these rules which no longer apply on the outside
    The fans of both institutions easily take to offence at the mere suggestion that their team is not worth following.
    A profound sense of loss, disappointment or anger when a team player suddenly quits or breaks any of the “holy” rules.

    Both institutions are in the money making business and they oppose any attempts that might prove detrimental to their bottom line. Questioning your pastor is zealously opposed and even punished by way of ex-communication. But sometimes, those who find the courage to question their pastor end up being instrumental for the ousting of that pastor who controlled others with sin-mindfulness.

    Similarly, when Donald Sterling (former owner of the NBA’s LA Clippers) was called out on his offensive racist remarks his own predominantly black players protested by wearing their shirts inside-out.

    If you take away the freedom from the players to protest racism because of your “nothing more or less” attitude (which really is a veiled “shut up and play” attitude) then why bother protesting a pastor within the institutional church? Should we keep the truth out of all institutions? Or do we love the people within those institutions enough to sometimes break the rules in order to point out the truth and behold the Kingdom of God increase in size like the mustard seed? You ought to see those protests as a sign of Jesus’ promise that God’s Kingdom IS indeed increasing every day until soon it will explode onto the scene with its Tremendous Beauty.

    The Japanese wanted to be part of the League of Nations but they withdrew in 1933. Why? Because of British and American racism. They adamantly refused to accept the Japanese request to include the “racial equality clause”. Pearl Harbor happened, in large part, because of racism.

    To quote from your recent article:

    “Though it was very difficult to submit my two-week notice because of my love for the residents and the nurses I served, my endeavor to love better and more as a NA could not be jeopardized by a despot.”

    You took action and you protested the despot’s abusive control by quitting. I’m sure that your co-workers have taken note.

    In that same article you also wrote:

    “Codependency is a type of dysfunctional helping relationship where one person supports or enables another person’s drug addiction, alcoholism, gambling addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, irresponsibility, or under-achievement.”

    You can also add “racism” to that list.

    Racism is evil. Protesting evil is GOOD. Anytime. Anyplace.

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    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on October 2, 2017 at 11:32 AM

      Are you related to Randy Seiver aka gracewriterrandy?

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      • Martin said, on October 2, 2017 at 12:27 PM

        I’m not.

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      • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on October 2, 2017 at 5:01 PM

        Hmmmm.

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