Posts by William Hennessy

Co-founder of St. Louis Tea Party Coalition and Nationwide Chicago Tea Party
Persuasive design expert
Latest book: Turning On Trump: An Evolution (2016)
Author of The Conservative Manifest (1993), Zen Conservatism (2009), Weaving the Roots (2011), and Fight to Evolve (2016)

I believe every person deserves the dignity of meaningful work as the only path to human flourishing.

Liberals Are Not the Enemy

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Forgive me. I say “liberal” sometimes when I mean something else.

My mistake is habit, not irony. (Irony would require some intent on my part.)

I grew up disparaging liberalism. I grew up reading and watching William F. Buckley Jr., for whom liberalism was the enemy.

In the post-WWII era, the liberalism of the day was a problem. But it was never the problem.

The problem in Western Civilization was a faction that used liberalism as cover. This faction crossed party lines. This faction actively sought and seeks the elimination of the US Constitution.

This dangerous faction included Republicans John Lindsay, George Romney, Lowell Weiker, and Nelson Rockefeller. Plus, many, many Democrats, communists, and others.

That dangerous faction goes by the deceptive name “progressive.”

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the difference between liberals and progressives:

Liberals.

Liberals who believe in the power of ideas.

Liberals who believe their ideas are so excellent that open debate can only help their cause.

Liberals who say “I’m okay; you’re okay.” (Progressives say, “I’m okay, you’re wrong, and you’ll be punished for your wrongness.”)

Oh, how I long for the liberalism of my youth.

A few days after I wrote that post, progressives turned against Nancy Pelosi, driving her from the stage. More proof that progressives, not liberals, are the enemies of freedom.

I previously warned that leftists are not liberals. Today, Nancy Pelosi learned that lesson. The hard way.

Nancy Pelosi had to be rushed off stage for her own safety. Safety from a mob. A mob of angry leftists. Leftists angry because Nancy condemned Antifa and ate dinner with Trump.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Bill McClellan, a liberal, wrote an excellent column today. He reminds us that he’s like the liberals of my youth. The ones who might save us from the progressives. From the Antifa terrorists.

McClellan’s excellent column draws a bright line between liberal and progressive. You will enjoy reading it.

Regarding the recent progressive violence following Stockley’s acquittal, McClellan explains the difference between liberals and progressives:

I am still skeptical, but a conviction requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt.

Progressives seem to believe that skepticism ought to be sufficient for conviction.

After reading McClellan’s column, you’ll probably agree that we on the right can find common cause with liberals like Bill McClellan. We can find common cause in fighting back against anti-American progressives like Antifa. Those Antifa progressives are our common enemy.

Trump Instigates NFL Labor Dispute

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Yesterday, I predicted the NFL would suffer a season-shortening labor dispute this season or next.

The reason: President Trump’s pressure on owners to crack down on anthem haters will stir up a fight between NFL Players Association and the owners.

As if on cue:

President Trump, in an exclusive interview with “Fox & Friends,” said that NFL owners are “afraid” to act against their players protesting the national anthem at games across the country.

“The NFL is in a box and they have to do something about it,” Trump told Fox News’ Pete Hegseth, in the interview aired Thursday morning.

Trump essentially questioned the owners’ manhood. The owners are wealthy business people. Huge egos. Extremely competitive. They will not resist Trump’s challenge.

Watch for two things before Sunday:

  1. Several owners will break with their teams and the league by threatening to fine or fire any player who refuses to stand for the national anthem.
  2. The NFLPA will issue a statement threatening to strike if any player is fined or fired for disrespecting the flag.

Healing won’t begin until all the pus is out of the zit.

NFL Losing a Laugher (Video)

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Blowout. Embarrassment. Lopsided. Laugher.

Humiliation.

Fans are doing to the NFL what Ray Rice did to his girlfriend in that elevator.

Bars are banning football.

The VFW has condemned the NFL. 

Fans are burning jerseys.

American Sniper’s widow livid.

Viewership is down 11% year-over-year.

Fans boo players they recognize.

Baltimore fans demanding Ray Lewis statue come down like he’s General Lee.

Major NFL sponsors are under increasing pressure to pull ads.

The anthem-haters are becoming the biggest sports PR disaster since the Black Sox scandal.

Up Next for the NFL: labor dispute will shorten either 2017 or 2018 season, or both. Owners will take a stand against anthem protests. Players’ union will object. All hell will break loose.

Pass the popcorn. Trump is #winning. 

 

 

Jack Kemp Stood for Civil Rights . . . And America

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Jack Kemp is on the top of my wall of heroes. Literally. An autographed Kemp card sits on top of my bookshelf housing the works and images of my heroes.

As the NFL self-destructs, it’s worth reading about Jack Kemp’s work for civil rights. And for the Republican Party. And for conservatism.

Jack Kemp’s Activism

Kemp did it all. And, thanks to Jeffrey Lord, we can remember Kemp’s finest moments of civil rights activism:

The 1964 American Football League All-Star Game was scheduled to be held in New Orleans in January, 1965. Kemp and team-mates Ernie Warlick and Cookie Gilchrist were members of the Eastern Division team. When they arrived at the New Orleans airport, Gilchrist and Warlick hailed a nearby cab. The cabbie told Gilchrist: “You have to take a colored cab”, to which Cookie replied “I don’t care what color it is, we just want a cab!” The driver explained that they had to wait for a cab used only for black patrons. He peered out at Kemp, though, and said “I’ll take you.” Kemp replied that if the cab was too good for his friends, it wasn’t good enough for him.

After similar treatment of the black players at their hotel and other Big Easy establishments, Kemp joined with the rest of the white players on the squad to support the black players in their boycott of the city. In an early civil rights stand, the players held out and the game was moved to Houston.

That’s Jack Kemp. Patriot and leader.

Jeffrey Lord asks that you honor Jack Kemp by shunning the NFL and all its works and all its empty promises.

Turn off the games. Don’t go to the games. Stop buying the endless merchandise.

As it were, it is apparently time for the fans of the NFL to “take a knee.” To boycott the NFL by simply closing their wallets and walking away from rich, privileged athletes who couldn’t polish Jack Kemp’s cleats. Much less have the real courage to go outside the football stadium and help — yes — make America great again.

The NFL that threatened to fine players for honoring 9/11 victims. The NFL that prohibited the Dallas Cowboys from honoring police officers assassinated in the line of duty. The NFL that now claims players right to desecrate the flag at work cannot be infringed. That NFL doesn’t deserve another American nickel.

You Can Take Action

Yet, that NFL that expresses its disrespect for the United States with juvenile pre-game demonstrations takes $7 billion in United States tax dollars to build stadiums.

Along with the NFL, let’s not do business with the NFL’s largest sponsors:

  • Boycott Ford
  • Boycott GM
  • Boycott Anheuser-Busch
  • Boycott Nike

How ignorant of Ford and GM. Did they do the math before supporting this anti-American demonstration? How many pickups do Ford and GM sell to former NFL fans? How many pickups and SUVs? (I’d buy Toyota and Nissan stock now.)

Next, the president should sign an executive order prohibiting any federal agency from advertising during NFL events. He should prohibit the Department of Defense from participating in any NFL event. No flyovers. No parachute drops. No color guards.

Finally, it’s time to remove the NFL’s antitrust exemption. Let the owners be subject to the laws that govern other industries.

In other words, it’s not enough to turn our backs on football. It’s time to actively destroy the NFL. 

 

My autographed Jack Kemp card

 

 

President Trump Popped the NFL’s Biggest Zit

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Coming to a head.

President Trump seems pathologically opposed to festering problems. When he sees a festering problem, he pops it like a zit. For example, the North Korean nukes problem has festered since the Clinton administration. Trump is bringing Little Rocket Man to a head.

NAFTA has been festering since the Clinton administration. Trump is bringing NAFTA to a head.

The latest example: the NFL anthem-haters.

This anthem-hating is over a year old. The anthem haters divided fans and hurt ratings for NFL last year and this year. Thirty-four percent of former fans who quit watching football blame the anthem haters.

The anthem-hater problem was not going away. It was festering. It was like a big, ugly zit. A third eye. Right in the middle of the NFL’s forehead.

Trump doesn’t like zits. So he popped it.

The NFL’s childish overreaction was predictable. These are, after all, the most brain-damaged people in the world, according to science. Research shows 99 percent of deceased NFL players have serious, debilitating brain damage. Something called CTE.

A new report shows 40 percent of living NFL players have other forms of serious brain damage. NFL players are slower than most men of the same age.

On the tests of thinking skills, about 50 percent [of NFL players] had significant problems on executive function, 45 percent on learning or memory, 42 percent on attention and concentration, and 24 percent on spatial and perceptual function.

One symptom of CTE is the loss of emotional regulation. Football players literally cannot control their emotions. Football players regress to puberty. Perpetual puberty. They hit their wives. They kill themselves. They throw tantrums. They make bad decisions. They’re emotional adolescents.

Unlike normal adolescents, though, there’s no hope for NFL players. Good life coaching won’t help them mature. They won’t outgrow their dysfunction. Over time, they’ll only get crazier.

It’s sad.

Rush Limbaugh loved football. Like me, Rush loved the Pittsburgh Steelers. But Rush’s love for football turned slowly to deep sadness. Sadness for a love that died.

The mystique is gone. That actually started vanishing a while ago. The larger-than-life aspect of it is gone. The belief, the wish, the desire that the people in the game were the best and brightest and special, and that’s why they were there, that’s gone. And it’s been politicized. It has been politicized and corrupted, and it didn’t start this weekend. It started years ago. And if I wanted to, I could go back and get the transcripts from a few years ago on this program where I first sensed that this was happening and was going to happen.

Sad. Sad that so many Americans have lost their love for the game of football. Such an American sports. The gridiron. The tailgate. The tension. The ‘immaculate reception.’ The memories. The memories that football players lose to concussions and brain damage.

Now, football tastes bad. Football tastes like the pus from a zit.

For years, leftists tried to hurt the sport. Leftists hated football’s masculine, all-American image. In the 1990s, leftists tried to “prove” that football fans beat their wives. (Their methods were suspect, at best.)

Having failed to discredit the game, leftists seem to have taken over sports journalism. Like Hollywood, sports journalism blacklists conservatives. ESPN fires broadcasters for deviating from their leftist party line.

ESPN fires broadcasters for expressing their political views. Yet ESPN hollers when President Trump suggests NFL owners fire players who use the game to promote political views.

As Rush Limbaugh said, the politicization of the NFL has festered for decades. But with his words and tweets, President Trump brought the issue to a head. President Trump popped the zit on the NFL’s forehead. And the NFL stands to lose. As Rush Limbaugh said:

But the one thing that this is not going to do… I don’t care what anybody says: The one thing this is not going to do is make the NFL more popular. It is not going to make the NFL more ingrained in our society. You just cannot have a business as large as the National Football League — which is as dependent on public dollars as it is. You simply cannot have a business that allows itself to be used to promote “social justice” when that promotion of social justice requires displays of anti-Americanism, however you want to define it.

There will be a resolution now. Finally, a resolution. A draining. It’s unavoidable. Thanks to President Trump, the festering pimple on the NFL’s face is oozing. It will heal. One way or the other, the issue will soon end.

Thank you, President Trump. Sometimes leadership is as simple as popping a zit.

Villanueva Was Wrong

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By now you’ve seen the photo. The iconic photo. One lone Army Ranger veteran defying his team to salute the flag during the Star-Spangled Banner.

screenshot CBS

 

You know that Alejandro Villanueva’s jersey and t-shirt immediately became the best-selling merchandise from the NFL’s store.

Villanueva served three tours of combat duty as an Army Ranger. He’s authorized to wear the Bronze Star. He stood for his country. In Afghanistan with the Army and in Pittsburgh alone.

But Villanueva made a big mistake. 

Today, Villanueva apologized for standing with hand on heart for the national anthem. He apologized to his teammates. That was Villanueva’s mistake.

Never apologize for doing what’s right.

Villanueva says he inadvertently threw his teammates “under the bus.” By standing for our national anthem, Villanueva fears, “I made my teammates look bad.”

No, Al. You didn’t make your teammates look bad. Your teammates made your teammates look bad.

You, Al, did not throw your teammates under the bus. Your teammates threw you under the bus. Your teammates threw your fellow veterans under the bus. Your teammates threw your country under the bus.

You, Al, owe none of your teammates an apology. Your teammates owe you an apology. Your teammates owe their country an apology.

You are the only player on the Pittsburgh Steelers who earned respect. The rest of your team and your coach deserve scorn.

Stand tall, Al. You did the right thing. Don’t let those bastards get you down.