The NFL has rejected an ad by a veterans group encouraging players to stand for the National Anthem … and by doing so, demonstrated that either:

1)    The decision makers in the NFL have suffered one too many concussions and are clearly incapable of logic


2)    Liberalism, which I’d argue is a dangerous mental disorder, has spread like a cancer to the point where those inflicted with it are no longer capable of adult-ing their way through life.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy defended the league’s decision to ban the American Veterans’ advertisement:  “It’s never been a place for advertising that could be considered by some as a political statement.”  

Interesting.  Because all season long, the NFL has been suffering dramatic declines in viewership and attendance because:

1)    Idiot players have been taking a knee and disrespecting our flag, our veterans, and our police officers while shoving their politics down our throats 

2)    Spineless coaches are too afraid of the PC Police to make the SMART business decision of canning said idiot players.

We have a simple part of our company policy. If we’re at a company event and you don’t stand for the National Anthem but rather take a knee … you’re fired.

It’s not difficult.

Let’s come back around to the statement above from Brian McCarthy.  

That’d be all well and good, if it weren’t for the fact that it’s a blatant lie. The NFL is all about political statements … as long as they are the kinds of political statements that advance their liberal indoctrination of America.

But I don’t want you to hear it from ME.  I want you to hear it from a liberal lamppost.

Last February, The Washington Post highlighted five politically charged television ads from the 2017 Super Bowl. You tell me which one is right of center or down-the-middle. (Quotations are either from the ads or from the article.)

Adolphus Busch during the mid-19th century “endures a harsh and treacherous journey” from Germany to St. Louis in order to make beer, even though a lot of Americans he meets don’t want him here. Tag line at the end:  “When nothing stops your dream, this is the beer we drink.” Doesn’t make much sense, but manages to include the word “dream,” as in DREAMer – and, in the Washington Post’s words, “just days after the president announced his travel ban.”

A Michael Jackson-esque montage appears of various faces of various races turning into each other – “timely and poignant given the political climate,” according to the Washington Post, which is a reference to President Donald Trump. Includes the following statement on the screen:  “We believe that no matter who you are, where you’re from, who you love or who you worship, we all belong. The world is more beautiful the more you accept. #weaccept.”

84 Lumber
A mother and daughter from Mexico attempt to enter the United States illegally, making a difficult journey by truck, train, and foot, over a stream and forbidding wasteland, only to find what the Washington Post calls “a massive, seemingly impenetrable border wall.” The little girl “reaches into her backpack and pulls out a tiny, tattered American flag, made with all those scraps she’s been picking up.” The mother despairs, but eventually spies “a massive door – made from wood supplied by 84 Lumber.” The tagline on the screen at the end:  “The will to succeed is always welcome here.”

To a whistled version of John Denver’s song “Country Roads,” we see a woman passing by a rainbow flag and then come into her own home and speak to a voice-activated Google device, followed by black, white, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Latino families doing similar things at their homes, followed by “a surprise party, and a cake with the message ‘welcome home’ written in frosting.” As the Washington Post put it:  “It may not be as overt as the Budweiser and 84 Lumber commercials, but it’s not so subtle either — Google is telling us that everyone in America should feel warm and safe at home (where, preferably, you’re connected to a voice-activated Google device).”

A father, as his schoolgirl daughter competes in a soapbox derby race against cutthroat boys, voices over his fears that his daughter “will automatically be valued as less than every man she ever meets” regardless of her intelligence, skills, and drive. Then at the end of the race (Spoiler Alert) the girl wins the race, and the father says, “Or maybe … I’ll be able to tell her something different.” Then they walk to his Audi. The two taglines say:  “Audi of America is committed to equal pay for equal work” and “Progress is for everyone.” The Washington Post notes that such a sentiment “wouldn’t have been such a political statement last year, but arriving on the heels of the Women’s Marches around the world, it’s meaningful.”

Hey Brian McCarthy:

Could any of this fair and balanced advertising from last year “be considered by some as a political statement”?

Or is it just pro-National Anthem, pro-veterans, pro-American advertising that has no place in the NFL?


Kyle S. Reyes is the Chief Executive Officer of The Silent Partner Marketing, co-host of The Whiskey Patriots and the National Spokesman for Law Enforcement Today. Reyes is also an acclaimed keynote speaker on patriotism and leadership, entrepreneurship and marketing by storytelling. You can follow him on Facebook.

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