Political #SuperBowl2017: Are We Losing Our Freaking Minds? [VIDEO]

Political #SuperBowl2017: Are We Losing Our Freaking Minds? [VIDEO]

Political #SuperBowl2017: Are We Losing Our Freaking Minds? [VIDEO]

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, the biggest day in American sports. It’s time for settling into that comfy chair, gulping down wings and nachos, washing down beer, and cheering on your team.

But can we escape from politics, just this one day? Not a chance. Everything has to be political these day. Every. Thing.

That’s ridiculous. Let’s examine some of the insanity:

  • Tom Brady, the New England Patriots, and Trump. The team is under attack because quarterback Tom Brady and President Trump have been golf buddies. Team owner Robert Kraft and coach Bob Belichick are also friends of the President. Sportswriters have demanded that Brady “disavow” the President, and one college professor said that Brady’s refusal to discuss politics shows “white privilege,” which seems to be the default accusation of the college crowd. As if Brady, Kraft, and Belichick give a hoot right now about the rantings of some leftwing academic.
Brady and Trump. Yeah, they golf together. So what?
  • Lady Gaga’s Halftime Show. Uh-oh, will she get political? Or will she just entertain? She’s assured us that she “chose songs that both the football fans and the people who are just tuning into the halftime show will enjoy,” but then again added that she believes in “inclusion . . . the spirit of equality” and that her performance “will uphold those philosophies.” So what does that mean? Who knows? These are the words of someone who once wore a meat dress to an awards show. Let that sink in.
Ewwww. . .

I have a better idea. Let’s turn back time (no, not bring in Cher!) and revisit Bruno Mars’s show from Super Bowl 2014 when he gave a salute to the troops.

But the outrage isn’t just limited to the liberal side of the Great Political Divide. I’m sorry, friends, but there’s been some conservative knee-jerk reactions to a particular commercial:

  • “Born the Hard Way,” aka The Budweiser Commercial. Lots of right-leaning folks have gotten riled up over this Super Bowl ad. It honors the arrival to America of German immigrant Adolphus Busch, one of the founders of Anheuser-Busch. Problem is, it’s running just as the recent Trump executive order has Americans hot under the collar about immigration. A perfect storm, you might say.

And, on cue, the call to boycott Budweiser has started.

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So let’s look at some facts, shall we?

Disclosure here: I love this commercial, partly because it’s personal to me. My grandparents were German immigrants, although they arrived in America about 50 years after Busch. It’s also nice to see Germans portrayed as something other than sadistic Nazis. And it’s beautifully produced, too.

First of all, it’s historically accurate. Adolphus Busch emigrated to America in 1857, right about the time anti-immigrant sentiment was emerging. So yes, it’s likely that he may have encountered bigotry as the ad portrays.

Furthermore, the commercial was not made in response to President Trump’s executive order. The company had been developing the idea for almost a year. Can anyone seriously believe that such an elaborate commercial was cobbled together in a matter of days?

And speaking of immigrants, guess who is the son and grandson of immigrants? Yes, President Trump himself.

How quickly people forget this Budweiser Super Bowl ad. This moving 9/11 tribute was aired only once.

I don’t know about you, but this brings a tear to my eye every time I watch this. Every. Time.

But now Budweiser with its iconic Clydesdales has become persona non grata. Because of unfounded accusations about an ad produced to honor the origins of the company’s founder.

Can’t we just enjoy a football game? Does everything have to be viewed through a political lens? Is the worth of a product or person dependent upon political leanings?

Are we losing our freaking minds?

Can’t we just let politics go for one Sunday?

Even if it’s just for one day, one Sunday, one glorious sports spectacular, forget politics. Be Elsa. Just let it go.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

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