As our country’s good name and fragile economic climate lay in anxious purgatory, collectively as a society we wait.
We wait for answers from our elected officials. We wait for guidance from our congressmen who represent the United States of America. We wait for universal civility.
Well, have no fear because our President and members of Congress are focused like the sharpest laser beam on the hard-hitting issues! We must change the name of the Washington “Redskins”.
On Saturday, President Obama sat down with the Associated Press and touched on a number of crucial national security issues including a hypothetical name change of an overrated football team. If the Commander in Chief were to own a football team with a name like the Redskins, he would “think about changing it”.
In classic Washington rhetoric, the President wanted the offended to have their say, but still wanted to break bread with the stalemate’s that cant live without the name.
“I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things,” Obama said. But, in the same breath, “I don’t want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here. They love their team and rightly so”.
Hmmm. Legitimate concerns…Oh, right? That whole shutdown thing.
With our country ready to default on a trillion dollar loan to China, our senior citizen’s means to life ready to dissipate, and our country’s functionality ready to blow up like an Alex Rodriguez lie detector test, were talking about the “Redskins” name.
Not a game, not a game. We’re sitting here talking about a name.
I’d like to think our leaders have better things to discuss, than maybe the changing of a team name in a sport that settled a $765 million settlement with ex-players with head injuries without actually admitting guilt. But, I’d be wrong.
And GOP backers that are ready to pounce on Obama think again. Congressmen from BOTH sides of the aisle are currently working on a bill that would limit federal trademark use of the “Redskins” name.
So, we have Republicans who want to defund a bill that was passed three years ago and upheld by the Supreme Court. And we have Democrats, who refuse to even sit down and look at a possible solution to a federal government that is stuck in neutral and slowly rolling into reverse.
But, they can come together on a virtually insignificant issue in a national time of crisis and light cigars and sip merlot.
The late great Winston Churchill, former United Kingdom Prime Minister, once gave a sobering, but “legitimate” assessment of the United States.
“We can always count on the Americans to do the right thing, after they have all exhausted all other possibilities.”
With that being said, I guess we’ll have to keep waiting to hear about our men and women in Washington doing something right.