The U.S. Constitution apparently means fuck all.
I kept mum on this issue for as long as I could because I generally don’t discuss or involve myself in politics in any way for any reason, but I’m beyond fed up, disgusted, disillusioned — whatever you want to call it.
It’s just … WRONG.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday canceled the Washington Redskins’ trademark registration following the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s 99-page decision that the NFL team’s name and logo are — and this is for all those politically correct fuckers who think it’s OK to piss all over someone else’s constitutional rights when it suits their goddamned causes — offensive. I won’t say to whom because there apparently is no right way to say it without someone getting offended and that is not at all what this is about, but I will get to the point I’m attempting to make if you will just bear with me.
For those of you who live in caves or under rocks and are completely oblivious or just plain impervious to this ongoing pile of politically correct “do the right thing” bullshit, this means that any John or Jane Doe can make and sell merchandise previously protected under trademark law. The PC assholes have resorted to strong-arm tactics to pressure Redskins owner Dan Snyder and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to change the franchise’s name, knowing good and well this power play possibly could cost the team and league quite heavily in the revenue department.
That said, it doesn’t mean that Snyder has to change the name. In fact, I’m sure the whole matter will be tied up in appeals for the next gazillion or so years.
But that’s only scratching the surface of something far more sinister than having a pissing contest over a name.
I get that people are offended by the name — I mean that in all sincerity because I in no way condone it myself — but you cannot take away a man’s rights simply because he won’t cowed by your demands. Don’t buy his shit and don’t attend/watch his team’s games. Problem solved, simple as that.
And yet, we always make everything harder than it has to be.
What this decision does is open the door for anyone to take away your rights on a fucking whim. And THAT alone terrifies me because I was always under the impression that the United States of America was a democracy and that ALL of its citizens were granted constitutional rights. Or am I incorrect in my thinking?
Yeah. I didn’t think so.
How would you feel if someone revoked your copyright privileges because they don’t like the subject matter/language/genre of your books or — GASP — because they hate your writing style, period?! Are you starting to get it now? THIS most definitely is NOT OK. So what makes it OK to do it to Snyder? Exactly. It’s NEVER OK when someone strips you of your constitutional rights, and that’s exactly what these fucktards are trying to do to Snyder.
Hey! I’ve got a brilliant idea! Maybe we should just change our name to the Divided States of America, scrap the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence and become Russia’s bitch. I bet good ole Vlady Putin wouldn’t have a problem with that, although I’m pretty sure he already considers our laughable country his bitch. And if he doesn’t want us as his bitch, we can always go sniveling to North Korea.
This is tyranny at its very worst, people! Wake the fuck up!
We allow anyone in our country to burn our national flag because it’s their constitutional right to do so, but people are going to vilify one man and take away from his earnings because he refuses to bend to PC wills to change a simple name?! Are you fucking kidding me?! What’s wrong with this picture?!
Then again, we already live in a country that frowns on prayer and disciplining children. And still people walk around in a daze wondering what went wrong with our country. Seriously?!
Are there not more pressing issues to address like, oh, I dunno, a recession that seemingly has no end? An out-of-control national deficit? Unemployment? A skewed healthcare system? People living the “high” life on welfare? Illegal immigration? Just a few suggestions, mind you. Not that I claim to be a genius or anything.
The most important matter apparently facing our country is getting the Washington Redskins to change their name by any means necessary, to quote the phrase coined by Jean-Paul Sartre in his play Dirty Hands that was made famous in a speech by human rights activist Malcolm X. Does this not seem trivial in comparison to anyone else other than me?! Do the self-absorbed PCs even realize how stupid and petty they are for so single-mindedly focusing on THIS instead of actually doing something beneficial that could help the millions of hardworking Americans who are struggling to make ends meet every single damn day?!
You bet your ass I cry unconstitutional!
And this is only the beginning. Don’t come crying to me when you no longer have any rights. That day is coming. Mark my words.