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The NFL ran Tim Tebow out of the league, with sports journalists unleashing the hounds on his “porous” play and questionable displays of faith on the gridiron.
The NFL ran Michael into the league, with sports journalists unleashing the hounds on the “momentous” nature of his selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, despite putting up questionable measurable during his various combine workouts.
In the latest Paul Kersey VDare.com column, you get a look at a hero of our Post-American Era – Michael Sam – versus a hero of that time forgot, Pat Tillman:
It doesn’t take much to be a hero in Affirmative Action America. Michael Sam is the most popular athlete in the country this week, praised by the Main Stream Media, funded by corporations, and hailed by the President of the United States. And all he had to do is be a homosexual….
This rapturous Ruling Class reaction to Sam is an instructive contrast to another seventh round pick NFL pick who seems like he was from a different century—Pat Tillman.
In 1998, the Arizona Cardinals selected Patrick Tillman with the 226th (out of 241) pick.
On September 12, 2001, Pat Tillman gave an interview in which he said,
“My great-grandfather was at Pearl Harbor and a lot of my family has gone and fought in wars, and I really haven’t done a damn thing.”
Only after Tillman was killed in Afghanistan did he make the cover of Sports Illustrated —on May 3, 2004. The caption was “An Athlete Dies a Soldier.” On the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, in an effort to capitalize on then-still-lingering patriotism, Sports Illustrated put him there again, with the caption “Remember His Name.”
Tillman was no cookie-cutter conservative. He was an atheist who opposed American foreign policy but continued to do his duty. He was killed by friendly fire. The government he served tried to cover it up and lie to his family.
But to the NFL today, it is as though “Pat Tillman never existed.” [ Where was the Pat Tillman Story on NFL Sunday , by Dave Zirin, Edge of Sports, September 13, 2013]. Tillman, who combined old fashioned virtus and political sophistication, is not a story is not one the NFL wants to tell—or that Obama’s post-America wants to hear.
Instead, post-America prefers slogans, a simple Narrative about Good and Evil and social progress as defined by Hollywood. In this country, the highest act of courage is coming out as homosexual—even though the MSM and Corporate America actually supports this decision and opposition is on the verge of being criminalized.
For post-America, Michael Sam did, in Tillman’s phrase, a “damn thing” far greater than fighting in a war or actually sacrificing for his country. Sam a profile in courage even though his sexual identity is the sole reason he is receiving more fame and fortune than the hundreds of others drafted before him. He’s a soldier in the war the MSM really supports—the long Kulturkampf against the historic American nation and its Christian religion. He’ll be hailed as a hero even if he never plays a game.
The NFL has taken sides in that never-ending Culture War by promoting a marginal draft pick as a “historic” event that everyone is required to celebrate.
It has turned its back on its fan base—and on America.
Read the rest at VDare.com. Comment here, and share everywhere.
The rate Conservatism Inc. is going, Michael Sam will be a hero to them in 10 years time.
If they can consider Martin Luther King a “Republican” hero, Michael Sam will be in the same illustrious company in only a decades time…