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Daniel Snyder owns the Washington Redskins. Or at least he did. The Redskins are one of the most storied franchises in the National Football League. Snyder paid millions of dollars to purchase the team. Part of what he purchased was the trademark and licensing of the name and logo of the team. The Redskins logo is one of the most iconic in all of sports, and some people have a problem with it. As far as I can tell, not Native Americans.

In every poll that I have seen, Native Americans either take pride in the franchise's name, wearing the gear and supporting the team, or they have more important things to worry about, like eating and providing for their children and stuff.

The real push here is from sportswriters like Bill Simmons, one of my favorites, and Senators that want to appear to be on the right side of the latest issue. 50 U.S. Senators signed a petition asking Daniel Snyder to change the name of his team. That's fine, it doesn't take long to sign a petition, and apparently they have nothing better to do.

Liberal white guilt is all over this issue, which is okay too, there have been many wrongs that should be righted in this country. When a federal agency decides that the right to property is no longer sacred, that it can take money from one person and put it in the hands of, who knows, that's when we should draw the line. There is nothing more frightening than the power of the government, any government, used to the detriment of one of its citizens.

Snyder will cave eventually. The irony is that the name change will net him millions more than he already has. Money he will never need and never spend. What's in it for the Native Americans? Nothing. Calling the Redskins the Reds or the Daceys or the Senators will not change the life of one single Native American. Do you know what will? Money.

Daniel Snyder is a smart man. He made his money the old-fashioned way, he earned it. Know what he should do? He should hold a press conference. Call in all the news outlets. Here's the statement..." I will not change the name of my team. The Redskins have been a source of pride and community for the D.C. area, and for the nation, since the founding of the team. I have called you all here to announce the founding of a new foundation. The Redskin fund. I pledge, from now until the end of my tenure as owner of this proud franchise, to donate 15% of all revenue to this foundation, which will focus on building schools, providing for basic needs, and trying to improve the lives of Native-Americans in this country. To get things going, I would like to donate 10 million dollars to this foundation, and would ask that anyone, especially the 50 senators that signed the petition, the sportswriters and columnists that were so concerned about the feelings of Native-Americans, and anyone else that weighed in on the subject, to contribute materially and not just metaphorically to this great cause."

How much do you think Harry Reid will contribute? Or Elizabeth Warren, she's almost full-blooded Cherokee right? My guess is that the silence will be deafening. The real threat here is not to Daniel Snyder, he'll be just fine. The real threat is the precedent that this all-out assault on private property presents. What's to stop them from coming after you or me?

America is a land of laws, and justice is supposed to be blind. When justice peeks under that blindfold to check out the color or ethnicity of the complainant, we're all in trouble. And when bullies decide what is right and wrong, it's not really justice anymore, is it?

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