ARMCHAIR QUARTERBACK SNEAK
MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
There are times when I struggle with a topic because I assume that narrative programming has already taken hold amongst the consensus, if and when that happens, my job becomes more difficult because I have to make an original argument which may well be rejected due to the overwhelming division it creates.
The two sides are made by the media – the “us” against “them” mentality rears its head and the discussion turns into a contradictive exercise in futility.
I can make the argument that this is the idea.
It is most certainly a genius move to stir up some political “agitprop” in order to distract the country from what is coming.
We have discussed agitprop before and what it does to people. Agitprop is short for agitating propaganda and it appears that it has taken the nation over like a malignant case of pneumonia.
Agitprop often utilizes a strategy that thrives on ambiguity to generate systematic uncertainty. It is often presented in order to create a contest of wills against prevailing narratives and a lot of people fall for it because it pushes emotional buttons.
It is an act of silent warfare and when it is used as a distraction or as a method of political gerrymandering – we see that people respond to the dialectic because of its divisive influence, deception and manipulation aimed at remolding or rebooting the national order of things.
I want to tell you all that if you are aggravated by the NFL national anthem controversy, you have fallen for classic agitprop.
Thanks to the mainstream media, Americans are barely functioning as they are constantly perceiving real or artificial severity in all situations. The NFL “solidarity” has taken on a severity that is inappropriately overblown and there is certainly a reason for this.
First of all, we all have to consider that the reason American football is different than what the Europeans call football is that using only arbitrary rules and artificial stakes, they create a microcosm for observable and interactive warfare.
Helmets, armor, tossing the flag or passing the bomb to the other side is a metaphor for the soldier on the battlefield.
Like it or not the game promotes a militaristic view of the world.
Now I am really not trying to be negative here – I briefly played football in high school, I rarely miss a Superbowl and I am a Seattle Seahawks fan. Most towns across the country have pee wee, high school and college football and I truly believe that the positive effects of football outweigh its well-publicized drawbacks.
In too many cases to count, young men learn teamwork and attain greater purpose thanks to their dedicated coaches, and their communities that bind together over a shared goal.
There is nothing wrong with that; in fact, it is downright American in some utopian jingoistic sort of way.
So when an American president decides to poke at the gridiron “soldier” in order to exploit some hollow patriotic agenda, the media turns it into agitprop, the talk show circuit turns it into a political discussion and the American people do not realize how clever of a move this really is in the pure magic of distraction.
The controversy of football players taking a knee en masse, or even interlocking arms in solidarity against the pledge of allegiance or even the national anthem has happened at such a difficult time in this country, but that is the point.
You see, we all know how this all started — it began with Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand for the anthem last season as a protest against police brutality.
Just out of the blue the president doesn’t address health care, tax reform or even the destruction of the U.S. Virgin Islands or Puerto Rico but throws a jab at the NFL and calls players that take a knee during the National anthem sons of bitches that need to be fired.
But wait…that was last season – here we go with a reboot of this and since it becomes a political issue thrown out there by the President, a plethora of players and even entire teams chose to either kneel or stay in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem over the weekend. Many NFL owners released statements eliciting support for players who choose not to stand.
What many people are missing in this whole stirred up patriotism sham is the fact that prior to 2009, NFL teams did not generally stand for the anthem. While having the option to do so individually if they chose to, most of the time they stayed in the locker room during that time.
Additionally, it has come to light that many of the “patriotic” pregame displays in the NFL are simply propaganda displays that were paid for by the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Guard, meaning that these displays were actually paid for by the American taxpayers.
It is paid patriotism — it is all show.
This was brought to light in April of 2015 when Arizona Senator Jeff Flake released a statement condemning the practice.
Then in November 2015, Flake and fellow Arizona Republican, Sen. John McCain issued a report stating that the U.S. Department of Defense had been paying the NFL for patriotic displays in football and other sports between 2011 and 2014 – here is the selection.
“Contrary to the public statements made by DOD and the NFL, the majority of the contracts — 72 of the 122 contracts we analyzed — clearly show that DOD paid for patriotic tributes at professional football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer games. These paid tributes included on-field color guard, enlistment and reenlistment ceremonies, performances of the national anthem, full-field flag details, ceremonial first pitches͕ and puck drops. The National Guard paid teams for the “opportunity” to sponsor military appreciation nights and to recognize its birthday. It paid the Buffalo Bills to sponsor its Salute to the Service game. DOD even paid teams for the “opportunity” to perform surprise welcome home promotions for troops returning from deployments and to recognize wounded warriors. While well intentioned, we wonder just how many of these displays included a disclaimer that these events were in fact sponsored by the DOD at taxpayer expense. Even with that disclosure, it is hard to understand how a team accepting taxpayer funds to sponsor a military appreciation game, or to recognize wounded warriors or returning troops, can be construed as anything other than paid patriotism.”
In total, the Department of Defense paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million from 2011 to 2014 for patriotic propaganda during NFL games.
So much for that sincere patriotism and the sad thing is we are led to believe that it is all done as a public service – a genuine act from the heart. It is all bought and paid for.
Now we see that the whole controversy is being used as agitprop.
The media gobbles it up, spits it out and makes it a political issue, mostly about race and immediately becomes an impassioned fight over who is a real patriot or a bumper sticker patriot.
But what is not being pointed out by the media or anyone else is that what is truly happening is that the move is playing into the hands of the military entertainment complex which is using the President to ratchet up patriotic fervor before a major war event that obviously is about to take place within the next few weeks or months.
People fall for it because we have been beaten into becoming emotional animals. The anger against these football players that are taking the knee will be eventually transferred to Venezuela, Syria, Russia, and of course North Korea.
Public anger overall will eventually not be about race, the flag or the national anthem – it will be a narrative that will eventually target anyone that is attacking our country, and trying to destroy our freedoms.
The mainstream media has failed to report that on September 25th, Russia broadcast satellite pictures that purport to show U.S. humvees and other equipment operating freely in ISIS controlled territory.
These events are pushing Russia and America into a standoff.
The shots clearly show the US SOF units located at strongholds that had been equipped by the ISIS terrorists. Though there is no evidence of assault, struggle or any US-led coalition airstrikes to drive out the militants.
Despite that the US strongholds being located in the ISIS areas, no screening patrol has been organized at them. This suggests that the US troops feel safe in terrorist controlled regions.
In one Washington-directed attack, ISIS tried to capture 29 Russian military policemen. However, Russian Special Forces entered the fray, and the result was spectacular losses for ISIS.
In another Washington-directed attack, Russian General Valery Asapov and two Russian colonels were killed in an attack that violated agreements. Asapov was serving as one of Russia’s “military advisers” in Syria.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that the “two-faced policy” of the United States was to blame for the death of the Russian General in Syria.
This looks really bad and so you can realize what this would do if it was reported in the mainstream. The NFL controversy is being used as a good distraction from this. It gives the State Department time to do damage control.
Russia has complained about what it has suggested are “suspiciously friendly ties” between U.S.-backed U.S. special forces, and Islamic State in the area, accusing Washington of trying to slow the advance of the Syrian army.
Meanwhile, North Korea has moved jet fighters to the coast to intercept US bombers after accusing Donald Trump of “declaring war” on the country in one of the President’s tweets.
On September 23rd Donald Trump tweeted, “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at U.N. If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”
North Korea stated that they see this tweet as a declaration of war.
U.S. spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “We have not declared war against North Korea and frankly the suggestion of that is absurd.”
Speaking outside his New York hotel yesterday, North Korea’s Ri Yong-ho said: “Trump claimed our leadership would not be around much longer. He declared a war on our country. All the member states and the whole world should clearly remember it was the United States that first declared war on our country.”
California officials have taken the recent threat very seriously by issuing a nuclear warning to Southern California.
The Center also urged officials in the region to shore up their nuclear attack plans as World War III becomes more of a reality. The report states that North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile test could theoretically reach the West Coast of the US.
Federal regulators will be conducting a nationwide state of the emergency alert system on September 27 at 2:20pm ET. If that fails, there is a back-up date of Oct. 4th, 2017. The new date has been slated if there’s any need to delay the national test, due to some disaster or even nuclear threat.
Now, do you see how all of this football controversy is one big armchair quarterback sneak?
As flag worshipers shame athletes and other Americans and some veterans who defend their right to protest, they refuse to acknowledge that the media has gone to great lengths to create an agitprop story to deter any and all reports of a coming conflict.
This will be the first time the media will have to navigate the information they want us to hear and the information that social networks will report.
Keeping the Twitterverse and Facebook involved with the flag and anthem controversy buys a whole lot of time to create and form their various agendas.
Buying patriotism and then exploiting it is not only a great way to have the patriotic base ignore atrocities committed by their own side, but also a capacity for not even hearing about them.