September 26, 2017

Newt Gingrich may have given us our “quote of the day,” when he declared what football player/protesters really need (see below) Although on a more serious note, I’d like to suggest something else they need.

They need to stop tainting football with politics and instead go into the communities they claim need help. Instead of badmouthing America and teaching minority kids that they can’t get ahead because the system’s stacked against them, they should be inspiring them by their own examples, to show them that if they work hard at developing their skills, whatever they may be, they can succeed beyond their wildest dreams.

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They also need to help fight the very real disadvantages that many minorities face growing up around gangs, crime, drugs and inferior schools. They might consider doing that by reaching out to work with the first political figure in years who ran on a platform of improving those schools; fighting gangs, crime and drugs; rebuilding the inner cities; bringing jobs back; and insuring that African-American kids have the opportunity to achieve the American dream.

But that political figure was Donald Trump. It wouldn't be politically correct to reach out a hand to him. So I guess they’ll just keep on taking a knee.

Newt Gingrich: “Don’t impose on me your sense of somehow, you feel oppressed,” he said. “If you’re a multimillionaire who feels oppressed, you need a therapist, not a publicity stunt."

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  • Delma M Garcia

    10/19/2017 04:27 PM

    Amen to Newt Gingrich's statement. My applause to him. He just makes so much sense

  • Carol Clark

    09/29/2017 01:15 PM

    I agree with Newt!

  • barbara j korsness

    09/27/2017 11:59 AM

    Boy do I totally agree. In fact here are the comments I have have been making on mt face book page. Since these NFL guys make lots of money. Instead of upsetting most the country by not standing for the anthem, why don’t they put their money where to good use and help what they are protesting. Money to educate and start trade schools for people so they can find good jobs. Sponsor families who need help to get out of poverty. Have recreational sports to keep the kids busy and off the streets. There is so much they could do to help the situation.. I do not see how kneeling during the anthem is doing much good to help. Than everyone who is a football fan can enjoy the sport and have some of the money they go toward helping people who are in need.

  • Laura Hays

    09/27/2017 11:51 AM

    Governor, your comments are quite apropos, but you forgot one thing...This form of protest has only one goal - to get someone else to do the hard work for you in response to your whining - and therefore, we will likely not see any player's own paycheck or time go toward any meaningful solution for suffering minority communities. Obama is the perfect example of that, as he talked a big "social injustice" game, but when it came to helping war zones like Detroit, action was dead. Sadly, he's the example they're all holding their fists up in the air for nowadays.

  • Norene Clark

    09/27/2017 08:43 AM

    Freedom is a wonderful thing...but it's a two-sided coin. Yes, these self centered disrepectful players , their coaches, managers and owners have free volition and therefore, the freedom to do as they please but just
    doing anything you please is not always the smartest thing to do...for they are also free to suffer the consequences :-)

  • Norman R. Able

    09/27/2017 08:25 AM

    That is the truth for sure! Agree 100%!

  • Kevin

    09/26/2017 10:50 PM

    Maybe these weak kneed black athletes can teach young boys to act like real men and not have 80% of black births be to a single black mom. The number one cause of poverty is single motherhood.

    Whites didn't cause this self inflicted head wound.

  • Michael Smith

    09/26/2017 05:38 PM

    well said - and, maybe the NFL no longer needs the monopoly protection it has been given by the American people!

  • Patricia Hook

    09/26/2017 04:48 PM

    Twenty points for Newt! Amen..

  • Therese Davis

    09/26/2017 04:16 PM

    I soooooooooooo agree!!!! Good for him for telling it like it is!