Of course, they wouldn’t go to the White House. Why would you enjoy a day with your teammates in celebration of a perfect season, a decidedly non-political event? This would be the perfect opportunity to make your political views the subject and detract attention for the perfect season, an accomplishment of an organization which won 17 games and brought football renown unparalleled to the state of Florida. After all, the nation is much more concerned about your personal political views than they are about the Dolphins’ perfect season. This is one way to make your self stand out when people are trying to focus on a “team’s” accomplishment. Of course no one would want to spend any time with that bunch of winners at the White House. This was the perfect way to show, (and something to ponder whenever you watch your favorite team and you think you’re all in it together), that even if you team has a perfect season, you’re bound to have, within it, a pack of losers.
But maybe they are right. Maybe black athletes should have always refrained from participating in such events based on the NAFTA’s effect on black employment and how trade policy has contributed in especially horrendous ways to chronically high unemployment in the black community above every other community. But, no. Such actions might break the spell cast by entertainment in this country, a spell which diverts attention, energy, emotion, and deep thought away from the class warfare of the last 30 years, with the virtually flat income for average workers masked by loose credit as corporate profits go through the roof and corporations and the Romney’s of the world legally hide income and profits offshore and defined benefit plans continually disappeared for the working class.
Well, maybe we should go back to wondering if the Tide will repeat as national champions and leave the real hard thinking to the Koch brothers and the Heritage Foundation which first proposed the individual mandate instead of universal healthcare, healthcare approaching the other major western democracies where people do not go bankrupt because of medical bills