Discussing the right to disagree: Brooks on MSNBC’s ‘MSNBC Live with Ali Velshi’ – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

President Arthur Brooks discusses the importance of productive conversations across ideological lines and the right to hold different opinions through examining NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem.

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An Encouraging Sign

It would be easy to despair these days as the various precincts of the America-Is-Awful brigade seem to command the heights of contemporary culture, and any gesture of patriotism or love of country is ruled out of order by the smart set. But these villains haven’t had their way with all of us, as this good news out of California informs us.

Before a championship girls softball game in Fresno, it was announced that there would be no playing of the National Anthem. So the solid Americanos in the stands stood up and sang it themselves. Perhaps not exactly on key, but who cares? 

God bless these solid Fresno patriots.

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DNC’s Keith Ellison says he’s boycotting ‘cowardly’ NFL for making players respect the national anthem

Darn, it appears Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn, is boycotting the NFL over its “cowardly” new policy that requires players to stand for the national anthem or keep their rear-ends in the locker room.

Sundays will never be the same… or, perhaps, they’ll be just fine.

“Friends who know me, know that I love football. But I won’t be watching this NFL season because of the unfair cowardly and idiotic kneeling ban. #BoycottNFL,” the Democratic lawmaker tweeted.

On the same day the league announced a $89 million commitment to social justice programs to combat inequality, team owners agreed to a policy that subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not stand for the anthem. Teams also have the option to fine personnel or players who violate the policy.

The NFL has been rocked with controversy since former player Colin Kaepernick first began kneeling in 2016 o protest racism and police brutality.

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The left responded by saying the new policy is an affront to the First Amendment, never mind that players — see employees — are technically on the clock when they protest.

Anyone surprised the Democrat’s siding with NFL players disrespecting the national anthem over claims of police brutality and racism — statistics beg to differ — haven’t been paying attention in post-Obama America.

And while Ellison, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, had lots of support from his progressive fan club, a tweet by a social media user demonstrated what a pickle the NFL created for itself by not taking a firm stance from the jump.

“I’ll continue not to invest my dollars in pampered man children who whine about work conditions at a multi-million dollar job,” the tweet read.

Here’s a sampling of other responses that suggest that of all its problems, Ellison not watching games is the least of the NFL’s concerns.

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Sports Illustrated Writer Slams ‘White Male Conservative’ NFL Fans

<p>Appearing on MSNBC’s <em>Andrea Mitchell Reports</em> Friday afternoon to blast the NFL’s new policy against national anthem protests, Sports Illustrated writer Jonathan Jones slammed the League for calling on player’s to show respect during the patriotic ceremony and ranted that Commissioner Roger Goodell was just trying to appeal to “white male conservative” fans.</p>

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