NFL fans on both sides of the aisle hope the refs’ lockout is settled soon. -bo
As a general rule, I try not to talk politics on Barstool. Or anywhere else for that matter. As an even more general rule, I prefer my politicians to stay out of my and everyone else’s business. I like presidents who get in 18 holes a day, their Tee Times only interrupted by things like hiding the eggs at Easter, pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey, and posing for pictures holding up a jersey with a “1″ and their names on the back with whatever team won whatever championship. And that’s it. The way I look at it, the less any politician has to do in terms of any real work, the better off the country is. I prefer a POTUS who’s as ceremonial and ineffectual as the Queen because the more power they have, the more they mess our stuff up.
That said, there are times when we need a president to put away the Callaways, blow off the goofy ceremonial stuff, roll up his sleeves and get to work. And this is just such a time. This is a crisis that demand action. We need the president to convene a joint session of congress, conduct an emergency meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and call the Supreme Court back from recess. This is a full on, all out, 5-alarm national emergency that screams for immediate, decisive action. And we get this? One mealy mouthed, middle of the road Tweet saying we all want the lockout settled? As much as I like presidents to keep their nose out of everyone’s business, ProFootballTalk had a great point about how Teddy Roosevelt got involved in the 1903 coal miner’s strike and got it resolved by convincing both sides they were hurting the country. And they could’ve added how Jefferson sent the Marines out to Tripoli to stop the Barbary pirates or FDR got us into the war in Europe or JFK stopped the Commies from sending missiles into Cuba. Because sometimes, for the good of America, the president has to stick his nose in where it otherwise doesn’t belong. Like right now. We’re Americans. We can live without coal, free flow of goods, peace in European or freedom from Socialist oppression. But not the NFL. Not for one goddamned week. Nothing in the country matters as much as pro football games being on the level and the Patriots not getting jobbed by Lingerie League reject refs. And Obama or whoever is president owes it to us to drop everything, blow off those UN speeches and meetings with the president of Mexico and put all the power of his office behind getting the real refs back, right this minute.
So I’m pleading with you, Mr. President. Send the the National Guard. Send as many men as you can spare. Because these Refauxrees are killing the Patriots.