Just How Far Does the Government Think it Can Reach?

Just how far does the government think it can reach? Sports. They think they can control sports now, apparently, according to .

 Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a letter that the league is on the “wrong side of history”. All because of the name Washington Redskins.

 They feel it may be seen as a slur. And as the World Feelings Police, they just can’t let that happen. It would be a crime against humanity and all that the liberals hold dear.

 Cantwell, who chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and Cole, a senior member of the appropriations committee and a member of the Chickasaw Nation, wrote in the letter “The National Football League can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur,” the letter stated.“It is, in fact, an insult to Native Americans”.

 Surprisingly, in a statement released Monday by the team, they said that the Redskins have counted “more than 7,000 letters and emails” in favor of keeping the name Washington Redskins, with “almost 200 from people who identified themselves as Native Americans or as family members of Native Americans”.

 Commissioner Goodell replied, “I’ve been spending the last year talking to many of the leaders in the Native American communities. We are trying to make sure we understand the issues. Let me remind you: This is the name of a football team, a football team that’s had that name for 80 years and has presented the name in a way that it has honored Native Americans.”

 Team owner, Dan Snyder, has insisted that he would never change the name while he owned the team.

 Newspapers have taken their own stand and refused to use the team’s name in some stories. NBC commentator Bob Costas stood on his little soapbox for a moment and referred to the name as “an insult, a slur” during a Redskins game in October. It’s getting crazy.

 The team this week at Maria Cantwell, insinuating that perhaps there were better ways she could spend her time.

 “Senator Cantwell should be aware that there are many challenges facing Native Americans, including an extremely cold winter with high energy bills, high unemployment, life threatening health problems, inadequate education and many other issues more pressing than the name of a football team which has received strong support from Native Americans,” the statement said.

 It continued, “Surely, with all the issues Congress is supposed to work on such as the economy, jobs, war and health care, the Senator must have more important things to do.”

 This holds true for most Senators and Congressmen who are determined to get wrapped up in trivial affairs in the name of, well, making a name. I’m sure Maria Cantwell and Tom Cole meant their criticism to garner accolade and exaltation for their tender heart and sensitivity to “the issues”.

 I hope what they gained instead, as well as those government officials that might be paying attention, is a lesson in just doing your job and minding your own business. Leave the people to make a fuss for themselves if they feel offended.

Lacy Langley – NEWSslinger Contributor

Lacy is a conservative Christian writer who enjoys the freedom of the First Amendment, in order to make a good living, and the freedom to educate her children at home, in the greatest state of Texas, in order to make a great life. View more articles by Lacy Langley