I have been very quiet about this issue but what is happening now should be a warning to all football players because there is no legal system just public opinion now.
Like water and oil, our society has started to lead in a grey area that use to be separate. Mixing Social values of the "guility first, trail later" society of late with market value has lead to a dangerous path for the NFL. The elite moralist rule through irrationality and through pure democracy, masking themselves as "free-market" followers but rule as tyrants. Facts be damn and to the players that are innocent and to be tried by the court of public opinion, good luck. Those players are people to at the end of the day. Elite moralist love control and love to profit off of situations as we are seeing as of late. Players are becoming victims of themselves, of their stupidity but also victims to a highly connected world through the evolving technology per se Video-Cameras on cellphones/Twitter/Facebook to be tried by public opinion which sometimes happens before a justice system trial. We just love narratives right?
Where is the line to Social cost and Market cost? ESPN is now indirectly placing vendors of the Vikings on call. When does it end? Instead of court systems we are evolving to public opinion courts that can very well end careers and post NFL life. You are guilty till proven innocent. Grant it, Roger Goodell has screwed up royally by not standing firm with his own policy (whichever one it is) and having the punishment be done behind closed doors, not to be a public spectacle like it is now. This is embarrassing, where is the integrity and dignity. Welcome to the new era. What says the huddle on those questions. Rant over bedtime for me.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. - GW
As American citizens fall asleep, our way of life is being sacrificed by the one's we elect. Greater good or good intentions is a folly as the same as no government. We the citizens have allowed the Federal government to become bigger than the Constitution. We need common sense solutions, not burden of over-regulation but at the same time we are a nation of laws, not anarchy. The fine line of action from government is always subjective and should always be watched.
Government should not be a catalyst but a provider of basic structure and order. The days of simplicity has been substituted for complexity, brilliant minds make things simpler not harder. Complexity spurred by Federal government has created discriminative barriers to progress through the assumption individuals make faulty decisions thus government needs to makes laws to prevent faulty outcomes. The transfer of individual responsibility to a collective society becomes what we all come to know as deadweight. The answer from government to the citizens about their decisions is: it is more complex than you understand or it is for your own good.
Understanding rhetoric and understanding reality is something most do not grasp. America has gone from the independent intellectual curious mind to the obedient intellectual-blinders mind. The irony is not, do we have enough info, for instance the internet, but do we understand what is truth. People look for narratives instead of facts and allow for bias to rule one's judgement just to have instant gratification. Media has played a huge role in this, whether it is Faux News or MSNBC. Schools have fallen down on educating. The days of critical thought has been replaced by in the box memorization. Why is that? (Rhetorical btw).
I leave with these quotes in mind:
The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.
Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
Patrick Henry, American colonial revolutionary
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.
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"The U. S. Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."
"The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice."