The Associated Press reports that President Obama would be open to the idea of changing the name of the Washington Redskins if he owned the team. Native Americans have often expressed concern over collegiate and professional sports teams with names that are considered offensive such as the Redskins, Blackhawks, Indians, Braves, and Chiefs. That this issue would be brought to light during crises of far greater significance (such as the government shutdown) seems odd, and the pressure is likely coming more from the progressive movement that seeks to bring about "social justice" than from Native American groups themselves. However, the Associated Press writes that, "the Redskins' name has attracted a fresh round of controversy in recent months, with local leaders in Washington calling for a name change and some media outlets refraining from using the name. The name is the subject of a long-running legal challenge from a group of American Indians seeking to block the team from having federal trademark protection."
Why is it that only when liberals are offended do we undertake a national campaign to soothe hurt feelings? Progressives never think twice about offending people with views or traditions or laws that conflict with their own warped vision of society. In fact, they spend every waking moment making sure that the rest of us are duly punished for our way of life. For more than a century, progressive-socialists have eroded the very foundations of our society and culture in order to build a new world. Their approach is aggressive and vengeful, all in the name of doing what is right or just in order to make society a better place for everyone. Barack Obama is more worried about hurting the feelings of Native Americans, but has he considered what pain he is inflicting on the broader population with this own initiatives?
What about the hurt feelings caused by forcing people to lose their health insurance? How about the 90 million Americans with hurt feelings over being unemployed? What about the "sizable group of people" who are offended that the president and his party are blocking World War II veterans from visiting their memorial in Washington? What about families of the Benghazi victims who are hurt over the government's ongoing denial and cover-up? What about the hurt feelings of good, hard-working, honest people being called terrorists by Democrats for supporting the Tea Party movement? What about millions of Christians who have been offended by a government that prohibits them from putting up Christmas trees in town squares or saying prayers at high school graduations while Muslim students are allowed to leave class and pray in a public school? What about the hurt feelings of a couple facing a midnight burglar in their home without having a weapon to protect themselves because the government doesn't trust law-abiding Americans to carry weapons? What about parents who are offended that their child's public school is promoting homosexuality to fifth graders? What about the feelings of the tens of millions of babies that have been aborted in a progressive culture that devalues human life? What about the people you offended every time the president apologizes for America during his travels around the world?
You see, Mr. President, your policies and your words are far more offensive to larger groups of people than you care to imagine. The name Washington Redskins may offend some people, but that's not a priority right now in a country that you promised to "fundamentally transform." You may have time to play golf and worry about names of sports teams, but the rest of us are trying to do whatever we can to stop you and your party from taking away what's left of our country. The rest of us are worried about how we're going to pay our mortgages and car payments or buy groceries. Millions of us are now worried that we're going to lose quality health care in exchange for your plan that is clearly designed to destroy the economy and the best health care system in the world. We're more worried about your incompetence and weakness diminishing America's status and reputation in the world.
The president's assertion that he doesn't "know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things" seems to mirror his overall attitude to changing our country. After all, why should our "attachment" to our country's founding principles override the progressive agenda's attempt to thwart, erode, and replace the Constitution? Why should our "attachment" to marriage between a man and a woman override the progressive attempt to destroy the institution of marriage? Why should our attachment to checks and balances override the president's attempt to govern by fiat? Why should our "attachment" to the institutions and traditions of our country override those people who are doing everything in their power to make sure the New America is nothing like the one that turned a dependent collection of colonies into the freest, most prosperous nation in the history of the world?
This president should spend more time respecting the thoughts and feelings of the majority of Americans he is offending instead of lecturing to us in a supercilious manner and suggesting that we ought to change our way of life to appease others. The wrongs done to one civilization does not make it right to tear down another.