Putting Things in Perspective

The latest outrage of the day is some young black woman named Simone Biles who withdrew from Olympic competition on the US women’s gymnastics team after having a bad performance on one of the events.  Apparently underperforming crushed her spirit and she couldn’t go on.  Right now, the commentary is split between the Left declaring her a hero for stepping aside for her team and attending to her own mental health and the Right declaring her a coward for letting a bruised ego destroy her team’s chances of competing.

My take is, “There are still Olympics?

If we live in a time when the NFL, MLB and NBA have made it a point of honor to disrespect the flag and anthem, why would we bother watching supposed amateurs prepping for their futures by disrespecting the flag and anthem on the international stage.  I understand that there are young people who spend their entire youths training and competing to be able to make it to the Olympic Games.  And if they had a separate team just for people who still loved their country then I would be interested in cheering them on.

But as it stands, listening to how some lesbian soccer player or some angry black sprinter is spitting on the flag just doesn’t interest me anymore.  I’m much more interested in my grandsons playing baseball or soccer or tennis.  I’ll go way out of my way to see them playing hard and enjoying the games.  In fact, I’m even more interested in the next time they come over and want to have a baseball catch.  Then even I can pretend to be athletic, at least from the shoulder to the finger tips.

I wonder if I’m alone on this?  I used to watch both the winter and summer games.  In the summer games the boxing and the track events were the interesting things for me.  Sure, I’d watch the swimming a little if we had a heavy hitter in the action.  But I couldn’t really get too excited by women’s gymnastics.  I think the scoring looked too rigged.  In the winter games I’d watch the various skiing events and the speed skating.  The figure skating suffered from the same problem as gymnastics.  The scoring was too arbitrary.  And the male figure skaters were just too obviously light in the loafers or skates as the case may be.  But it was fun to watch how well the United States did in the medal count and the feeling of competition was infectious.  And other than those black activists in 1968 for the most part the American Olympic athletes displayed heartwarming patriotism.

Well, that was then.  This is now.  My present attitude is, “I’ll care about professional sports and Olympic competition and poor immigrants and third world poverty and transgender adolescent mental health as soon as my government apologizes to me for adopting Critical Race Theory and jails the Antifa and BLM criminals who burned down the cities of America in 2020.

Until then enjoy your Olympics and professional sports and Hollyweird movies and anything you want me to help with “for the children.”  I’ve got better things to do.

A Vulnerable Enemies List

Now that the Democrats have virtual control of all three branches of the United States federal government, many of the reform goals that we knew were necessary have become impossible for the foreseeable future.  The Justice Department isn’t going to rein in Google or Facebook or Twitter and force them to stop discriminating against conservatives.  In fact, as we’ve seen Silicon Valley is forming a cartel that will try to eliminate any internet entity that doesn’t keep in perfect lock step with every dictate of the Woke Culture.  And the other corporate entities are using the COVID and BLM disasters to harass and harangue their employees into submission.  So, for many people their existence is hemmed in by all the Leftist institutions and entities that they are forced to use without any possibility of avoidance.

But there are areas where we can effectively have a choice.  Sometimes it’s only the choice of refraining all together from participating in an event or industry.  But in many cases that is the reasonable or at least emotionally satisfying decision.

I’ll start with the easiest.  Sports.  I don’t know of a single sport that has resisted the BLM kneelers.  I used to watch baseball and football.  When football caved in to Kaepernick and company I completely ceased watching it.  I think it was last summer that baseball also caved to the kneelers.  And I have sworn that until the league publicly apologizes for defaming the National Anthem, I will never watch another minute of their sport in my home.  If a minor league team maintains a respectful attitude toward our heritage and honors the National Anthem then I’ll go to their games but I’m guessing that even these teams are polluted by BLMism.

So, there is the first place you can make a difference.  Don’t watch sports.  Don’t buy cable or satellite packages to follow these sports.  Don’t watch ESPN or any of the other sports stations at all either.  They are all woke as hell.  And for pity’s sake don’t watch the Super Bowl.  Don’t watch the game and don’t watch the commercials.  That’s just like paying the executioner.  Don’t do it.  Repurpose Super Bowl Sunday to something that is actually healthy like spending some time with your kids and grandkids doing something they like.  If the weather allows take them outside and have a baseball or football catch.

If all 150 million of us stopped watching their crap it would either disappear altogether or at the very least become a pale shadow of what it once was.  All those kneeling millionaires would be a lot poorer than they currently are.  And Disney will probably close ESPN down and turn it into a porn site to prop up their bottom line.

Next thing we have complete control of is what movies we go to.  I used to bring my grandkids to all the Marvel and Star Wars movies as soon as they came out.  Now I first read up on what the content and message of the movie is before even considering bringing them.  If there is even the slightest hint of wokism, if there is any celebration of female empowerment or multicultural celebration or any anti-white sentiment I stay home.  Let them find childless blue-haired scolds to pay for their movies.  I have better things to spend my precious dollars on.

And as far as internet news, I go way, way out of my way to do all I can to never click on a left-wing news site.  And they must be getting smarter because they hide their site name as well as they can and try to make the article’s title sound less leftist.  I always hover over the links and make sure that I’m not providing clicks to the Times or the Post or Politico.  Nowadays I even avoid Fox.  I make an exception for Tucker or a few others there but the news desk is now infiltrated with creepy leftists.  So, do yourself a favor and go to sources you trust.  Full disclosure, I get a lot of help from Whatfinger by the links to my posts they put up on their site.  But going to Whatfinger is how you can avoid helping the Left.  And there are other excellent sites out there too.  I’ll be putting together a Friday list of links to good articles I’ve found during the week.  At this point there is just no excuse for going to the Left for news or entertainment.

And how about those social media giants?  Well, we’re probably not going to kill off Google, Facebook or Twitter anytime soon.  But you can do your part.  I use DuckDuckGo for my search engine, Brave as my browser and I have a web page on Gab instead of Twitter.  My own website is what I use instead of Facebook and I hope someday something like Gab becomes strong enough to become a commercial replacement for Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.  Admittedly that is a long-term thing but that makes it even more important for people to step up and start making that future happen.

And finally, there are all the other things that we do.  The books we buy and the services we use.  I make it a point to pass along to any of my contacts whatever I can about people on our side of the fence who we can support.  I write book and movie reviews to highlight good things that can be substituted for the poison that the Left controls.  And if you know of an electrician or a mechanic that has a Trump bumper sticker or who you know is on our side then give him a plug to your friends.  Every little bit helps.

And that, right now, is about all we can do to hit back at our enemies.  We can hurt the sports leagues and entertainment companies and the movie studios that hate our guts.  And we can start helping to build the social media and news companies that we want to thrive and provide us with the platforms where we can talk and listen to the messages we’re looking for.  Right now, that’s all we can do.  So, let’s do it.