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.

What Else Can You Do?

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Brain damage. They all have brain damage. And they’ll likely die from it. Like Aaron Hernandez.

99 out of every 100 football players have serious brain damage.

Kneeling for CTE

NFL players and owners decided to show their disrespect to the flag, law enforcement, and the USA by kneeling during the national anthem. In a foreign country.

The president responded by saying the NFL (and the TV networks) would be in big trouble if people stopped watching or attending games.

Not everybody will stop watching football, of course. Just certain people. People, like me, who served in the military. People, like me, who have kids in the military. People, like me, who have loved ones in law enforcement. People, like me, who put America first.

Even among people like me, though, there’s a problem. What else can you do? On a Sunday afternoon, a Monday or Thursday night, what else could you possibly do?

What Else Is There?

It’s not like you have any choices. I mean, can you think of anything to do besides watching football?

Of course not. There’s nothing else on television. Netflix shuts down during football games. You don’t have any family or friends to visit. There’s no work to be done. No floors to be swept. No bedrooms to be painted. No laundry to be folded. No books to be read. Nothing to be done, is there?

When there’s a football game on, there’s nothing else to do. You almost have to watch those large, mostly minority men, get concussed. In fact, the new American pastime is watching men develop brain damage one play at a time. (See Aaron Hernandez family’s lawsuit against the NFL.)

Football, Suicide, Homicide, and Assault

Sure, you could go to and bet on the next NFLer to commit suicide or kill a loved one, but that only takes a minute. Football games last 3.5 hours with all the commercials. But you could, if you wanted to make some money on it, bet on NFL player suicides and felonies. It’s one way to take back some of the money people wasted on Rams’ personal seat licenses.

Several ex-NFL players (Junior Seau, Dave Duerson, Andre Waters, Ray Easterling) who took their own lives were diagnosed with CTE postmortem. CTE victims have struggled with impulse control, turned violent against their spouses, abused drugs, raged and acted irrationally. In 2012 Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who had CTE, killed his girlfriend before shooting himself. —TIME Magazine

Come to think of it, maybe that’s what the whole NFL is doing by kneeling: committing suicide as a league.

Yesterday, I was a little angry at the NFL. Today, I’m angrier. Yesterday, I was angry about the anti-American sentiment of the commissioner and the players he owns. Today, I’m angry at the NFL and its owners. They make money by damaging men’s brains. The NFL and its sponsors are as bad as cigarette makers.

How Can You Watch?

After reading this TIME magazine article, I feel sorry for NFL players. They’re basically emotionally disturbed. Because of football. Football makes you crazy. Mentally or emotionally, football players can’t really be considered competent:

[T]he Journal of the American Medical Association published a study in which researchers examined the brains of 111 deceased NFL players; 110 of them, or 99%, had CTE. Just this week, a study in the journal Nature’s Translational Psychiatry found that among of sample of 214 former high school, college, and professional players, playing tackle football before the age of 12 increased the odds of problems with behavioral regulation, apathy and executive functioning later in life by twofold, and the odds of suffering symptoms of depression threefold.

If you can think of something else to do while football’s going on, please share it in the comments below. Consider this a public service. You wouldn’t want to take pleasure in watching men get brain damage for their owner’s enrichment, would you?

Franco Harris: All American

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You might not know about Franco Harris. You might wonder why he’s so unhappy, like many of us are, with the NFL’s anti-American antics lately. But his wonderful heritage tells a lot about why my favorite running back respects America.

His dad was an Army soldier. His dad met his mom in Italy during World War II. They married and returned to New Jersey.

[Read this fantastic 1996 Baltimore Sun biography of Franco Harris.]

Franco’s dad stayed in the Army after the war. To make ends meet, the elder Harris took on several part-time jobs.

Franco’s immigrant mother, Gina, also worked. She worked in school cafeterias. She even started a business importing Italian coffins.

The Harrises raised Franco on work and love of country.

Despite being half black, half Italian, the son of an immigrant, in an era of racial tension, segregation, and social turmoil, Franco Harris kept is focus on the beautiful values Cad and Gina Harris instilled in their son.

  • Faith
  • Work
  • Country
  • Education

Those were the values Harris grew up with. They’re the values so absent from the NFL today.

Football and the USA need fewer Kaepernicks and more Francos.


The great Franco Harris (32) rushes toward the end zone against the same old Rams, following blocks of Vietnam veteran Rocky Bleier (20)


NFL Hates Football Fans; Fire Them All

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You can see the battle brewing. It’s coming to a head. And no one is telling you the real reason the NFL is dying before your eyes.

Everyone sees the symptoms of football’s death spiral:  empty stadiums. Crashed ratings. low quality. Criminals on the field. Some people call it “the National Felony League.”

Frustrated fans look for better entertainment. Ticket sales remain high for one reason: stupid corporate executives. Stupid executives think it’s still a status symbol to control lots of NFL tickets. It’s not. Holding a lot of NFL tickets is a sign of stupidity. This isn’t 1999, folks. American sports fans have moved on.

[Breitbart: 34% Less Likely to Watch NFL Because of Anthem Protests]

But none of that gets to the reason for football’s demise.

The NFL’s Real Problem

The real reason for football’s demise is complicated. Inferior quality of play is one. Terrible officiating another. And the league’s stupid rules. Too many pads that become weapons. Outrageous prices designed to drive away retail fans and attract that corporate executives and their tax-free marketing dollars.

Those are reasons. But they’re not the main reason for football’s collapse.

The main reason is more human. Football’s death spiral is all about the players and owners. And the fans.

Television ratings for the NFL have been slipping since the beginning of the 2016 season. The league and observers have blamed a combination of factors, including competing coverage of last year’s presidential election, more viewers dropping cable television, fans’ discomfort with the reports of head trauma and the anthem protests.” —CBS, Boston

And it’s a sad story that reflects the divisions throughout the country.

The NFL is dying because NFL insiders despise NFL fans. The players hate their fans. The owners hate their fans. The sponsors hate the fans. And the fans can sense it.

You know’s the epitome of the NFL fan? Donald J. Trump.

I Can’t Stop Laughing at This Line

“Get that son of a bitch off the field right now . . .” —President Donald J. Trump in Huntsville, Alabama

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners,” President Trump told 20,000+ roaring fans in Huntsville, Alabama last night,  “when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s FIRED!'”

That’s the line everybody remembers. The line everybody loves. The vulgarity. The emotion. The voice of the voters who elected him. Perfectly delivered. Perfectly summarized. A perfect takedown of NFL flag desecrators and their owners.

Players and Owners Hate Their Fans

Ever since failed quarterback Colin Kaepernick first took a knee to show is disdain for the country that made him a millionaire, some NFL players have made it clear: their values are not their fans’ values.

NFL owners, meanwhile, have been afraid to deal with their players’ contempt for the fans and the country.

But the people know. People know.

Our brains are wired to recognize contempt in others. We can see it. We can smell it. Our brains detect even the tiniest sign of contempt. Because contempt is a potential threat. And our survival as individuals and as a species requires early, reliable threat detection.

When NFL ratings and attendance began their decline last year, you can bet a major part of that decline stems from our brain’s remarkable ability to detect a threat. A threat posed by the players who hate their fans. Hate their fans’ values.

Trump Exposed NFL’s Contempt for Americans

Well, President Trump brought the players’ contempt to a head. Immediately after the president’s remarks, NFL players and even NFL commissioner Goodell, took to Twitter to express just how much they despise their fans in places like Huntsville, Alabama.

Former player Shaun King and others weighed in. Their brainless, selfish, anti-fan, anti-American tweets don’t deserve space on my blog.

Americans have no reason to support the NFL any longer. The commissioner and the owners have taken their stand. Or, I should say, have taken their seat. They’ve taken a seat to show their contempt for the flag, the country, our president, and their fans.

You Can Live Without Football

I did not watch a single NFL game last year unless football was the only thing on in a public bar or whatever. You can do the same. And, judging from this tweet, a lot of people stayed away from the Rams-49ers game on Thursday.

Look at that empty stadium. For a rivalry game!

I was a St. Louis Cardinals football season ticket holder. I played high school football. I loved my great football heroes like Jackie Smith, Ottis Anderson, Terry Bradshaw, Lynn Swann, Franco Harris, Jim Hart, Dan Dierdorf, Conrad Dobler. (I’ll stop there. Too many to name them all.)

The Greatest Show on Turf era in St. Louis gave us so many great, lifelong memories. Football is such a great sport.

But the greed of the owners and players, the cowardice of their corporate sponsors, and the politicization of the game by players and owners alike has made football a disease to me. And to many others. Football disease.

[Franco Harris: ‘Players in my day would have dealt with anthem protesters.‘]

I’m sad to see football go. As crazy as that sounds, football is dead to me. Football is dead.

It’s time for the fans to administer last rites. Time for the fans to say, “get those sons of bitches off the field right now. Out. They’re FIRED!”

Or maybe the good players will deal with those anthem protesters. Like the old days.



Hear Exactly What Jim Hoft and I Think of the Fake News Media

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 . . . And It’s Deep-State Handlers

Jim Hoft is a genius.

From his St. Louis home, Jim runs one of the most influential websites in the universe, according to Harvard researchers. He’s a legend. Like Andrew Breitbart, Jim Hoft reshaped the media. Hoft exposes the rotten bastards who call themselves “journalists.”

  • Caustic Jim Acosta
  • F*** Chuck Todd
  • Jake “The Fake” Tapper
  • Juannabe Williams

Jim Hoft exposed these knuckle-dragging liars. These scavenger fish who cheer on Antifa’s terrorism. These thug-worshippers who hope for Kellyanne Conway’s assassination.

You want to know what I think about the Fake News Media? I’ll tell you.

But not here.

What I think about the news media is unfit for print. 

If you want to hear what I really think of the fake news, you’ll have to join Jim Hoft and me on Saturday, September 23 at 9:30 PM. At the Marriott at the Airport. 

All the details and tickets are available at this link.

Bring your recorders. You haven’t heard red meat like this since  . . . 2009.


Oh, and Steve Bannon will be there next day.

Finally! A President Stands Tall

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They were dumbfounded.

Those United Nations stuffed shirts were dumbfounded. Struck dumb. Silenced. Shocked. Floored.

Those sissy diplomats were shaken. Appalled. Frightened.

Never in the sordid history of the United Nations has an American president spoken in unvarnished truth in unvarnished terms.

Trump has the best words.

Trump used his best words today.

The best of the best.

Trump called Kim Jung Un “Rocket Man.” The funniest and most effective linguistic kill-shot to date. A Twitter line. And Trump pulled it off at the United bygod Nations.

[Scott Adams can’t stop laughing about Rocket Man tweet!]

They were shocked.

But it gets better. Rocket Man came AFTER Trump promised to completely destroy North Korea!

About damn time a US President warned the world one of its nations might go away. Like Atlantis. Poof! Gone. Adios.

Read our president’s best words:

The United States has great strength and patience,, but if it is forced to de fend itself or its allies,, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.. Rocket man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime…

Boom! If only Reagan had spoken so bluntly to the UN. Folks, I’m 53 years old. I’ve hated the United Nations since the 1970s. I’ve prayed for a president who would finally reign in that rogue, globalist disaster.

Beautiful. Beautiful words. Beautiful speech. Wonderful.

Our president also got the UN socialists to applaud his takedown of socialism. Huge!

The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.. [ Applause ]

From the soviet union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. Those who preach the tenants of these discredited ideologies, only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems.

Awesome. Ronald Reagan never tore down socialism more eloquently. And Trump spoke those words to the body that fosters and promotes socialism around the world. The wicked United Nations.

If that’s all Trump had said, he’d have said more than any US president ever said to the United Nations. But Trump said so much more. And all of it 100% pharmaceutical grade brilliance. Like this:

I have never loved a president as much as I love President Trump. Love him. Not ashamed to say it. I love my president.

Now, this.

Fire Jeff Session

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Greg Jarrett thinks Jeff Sessions should resign. I do, too.

I felt like the lone voice on the right last week when I wrote “Counseling Sessions.” It feels great to have Greg Jarrett agree: Jeff Sessions should resign.

As Jarrett puts it:

Sessions appears either incapable or incompetent.  He has resisted producing the documents relevant to the anti-Trump dossier which were subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee.  He has failed to appoint a special counsel to reopen the case against Hillary Clinton for likely violations of the Espionage Act in the use of her email server, obstruction of justice for destroying 33,000 emails under congressional subpoena, and potential self-dealing for profit through her foundation.  The evidence is compelling.

Before that, Jarrett pointed out a character flaw in Jeff Session—a character flaw I had overlooked.

Jeff Sessions should never have accepted the position of Attorney General of the United States.  His leadership has proven unproductive and ineffectual.

There are two reasons for this.

First, he deceived President Trump by concealing his intent to recuse himself from the federal investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.  Hours after he was sworn in, Sessions began setting his recusal in motion by meeting with Department of Justice officials to discuss stepping aside from the probe.  Failing to disclose such a material matter to the president was an egregious betrayal.

Not only is Sessions incompetent and low energy, he’s also deceptive. He’s also disloyal, working at cross-purposes to the president who appointed him.

When Trump tweeted criticisms of Sessions earlier this year, conservatives howled and demanded Trump back off. Conservatives were wrong to do so.

Conservatives were wrong to defend Jeff Sessions. Conservatives put their faith in the wrong man.

Jeff Sessions is a failed attorney general. His credibility and his honesty are in tatters. His Department of Justice is only slightly improved over Loretta Lynch’s. Few people would notice if Sessions stopped showing up for work altogether.

My disgust with Sessions magnified when we learned about the wiretap of Trump Tower. James Comey committed perjury over this issue. Jeff Sessions has known Comey committed perjury at least as long as Trump has known. Yet Sessions has done nothing.

Is Sessions protecting Comey, or is Jeff Session incompetent? Completely incompetent?

Greg Jarrett wants Session to fix a few of his errors, then resign. I would be happy if Trump fired Sessions tomorrow.