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Is the Super Bowl Event a Reflection of Today’s American Values? – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on February 5, 2020

Professional football used to be a Sunday event for families, as they cheered on their teams. These were simple times for family fun, and politics was mostly left out of sports. These events were rarely used for agenda driven propaganda, and if that had been attempted then, support would have diminished quickly.


“Son, this is the United States of America. Some would say it’s unconstitutional to try to prevent psychopaths from fulfilling their potential.”  ~ Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas

One has to wonder; does the spectacle of the most watched television event in America, the Super Bowl, represent the actual thinking of the people? Is it more reality than fiction, or is it simply a show? Do the interviews, the media comments, the commercials, the display and worship of military murderers, and the half-time show express the true needs, feelings, and concerns of the general population? Over 100 million people continue to watch it, so how closely are the personalities of Americans reflected in this content?

I will preface my comments by saying that in no way am I attempting to claim moral superiority, nor do I wish to tell others how they should live their own lives. I am simply questioning once forbidden behavior and beliefs that are now openly accepted in this society. The stark differences are very troubling to be sure, especially considering the total disregard for what might be seen as past common courtesy and respect.

Studies and polls are done on a regular basis where a small percentage of people are used in order to discern the attitudes of the greater population at large. If one considers the Super Bowl viewers as a poll or study group of the average citizen, would it not be legitimate considering that 1/3 of all Americans continue to tune in every year? This is a far greater sampling than most any other scientific study by an extreme margin, so does the Super Bowl extravaganza reflect common American thought? Its obvious biases, its targeted commercials, its support of war and military, its politically motivated features, its diversity promotion, its elements of post-modernist and multiculturalist attitudes, its support of feminism, and of course the blatant sexual overtones are all evident, so might one rightfully assume that these things are supported by the viewers?

It is my guess that this does not suit all the viewers, but it is my fear that it does suit a majority of them, or at least they accept it without question, which if true would indicate a massive change in the values once held in this country. Those values were a love of family, of tradition, of beauty and art, of freedom, of peace and harmony, of independent thought, of personal responsibility, and respect for the individual. These attitudes seem to be mostly lost in this current society, and seem to have been replaced with envy, hatred, contempt for the individual, confusion, rudeness, violence, and a belief in forced egalitarian outcomes. If true, this does not bode well for the future of this country.

Professional football used to be a Sunday event for families, as they cheered on their teams. These were simple times for family fun, and politics was mostly left out of sports. These events were rarely used for agenda driven propaganda, and if that had been attempted then, support would have diminished quickly.

Fast forward to today’s Super Bowl, where families are watching, and there are transgender ads, feminist ads, ads of hate, military worship, interviews concerning so-called racism and sexism, and obnoxious political ads that are nothing less than blatant propaganda. All is agenda driven. This goes on for hours before and during the game, and finally it is halftime, that period of player rest when in earlier days bands used to play their school or team songs. But now the halftime is a sex show, where scantily clad entertainers with little real talent participate in a show that could easily be classified as adult entertainment. This year’s halftime show seemed to be a contest of who could win the award for the best example of public debauchery. I am no prude mind you, but this is a family event, and the audience includes those from small children to elderly grandparents. Is there no respect left?

One might say that this is just a football game, but is it really? It is now a politically motivated show targeted to a large audience, an audience that continues to watch every year. So is this what is desired by most Americans? Nothing is private, nothing is sacred, and everything is promoted and exposed. Every sporting event, especially this one, is used to promote multiple agendas, regardless of the setting or the nature of the content. The reality of the Super Bowl in my opinion is that it is a reflection of modern American society. This was just one championship game on a Sunday, but it exposes the attitudes and behaviors of an entire nation. This is a sad commentary on the deterioration of American society. Is this the best we can do?

“We all have the little grey cells. And so few of us know how to use them.” ~ Agatha Christie, The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman: A Short Story

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Don’t forget the “Galt’s Gulch Tactic.” Shrug-off the government. | The Daily Bell

Posted by M. C. on June 6, 2019

By Joe Jarvis

It’s not your duty to prop up a corrupt and immoral system.

In fact, it might be your duty to deny it your support.

That was the main message of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged (although it took her about 23,000 times as many words to say it).

In Atlas Shrugged, the very capable and productive Dagny Taggart couldn’t leave America behind. She slaved away to support the masses and the politicians even as they ridiculed and hated her for it.

Escaping to “Galt’s Gulch” and leaving all the parasites behind should always be an option on the table. In this secret and shielded valley, everyone works for their own benefit and the benefit of those they trade with.

Today, so many people put so much stake in who is President and what the majority of Americans will vote for every two years. They are hopelessly drawn into the gravitational pull of the system. And they don’t consider escape an option.

Some say it’s cowardly to run away from “our” problems, rather than staying, sacrificing, and fighting for “American values.”

Why not just take your American values, and go somewhere you can actually practice them?

The American dream will always exist. It just might not always exist in America.

What are American values anyway?

I understand the desire to restore something that was once so great to all its prior glory.

But there really isn’t much agreement on what American values really are…

From the very beginning, events like the US government’s response to the Whiskey Rebellion stomped all over the Constitutional rights literally just enshrined in the Bill of Rights.

And just after the Civil War Lysander Spooner observed that “[The Constitution] has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it.”

I don’t really think perpetuating “American values” rests on restoring the Constitution. I do think it was a pretty good founding document and helped create the most prosperous nation ever.

But American values to me are all about fresh starts. That how New England was settled. Roger Williams set the standard for the new world when he first left England in search of religious freedom.

When he didn’t find it in the established settlements in Massachusetts, Williams left (read: fled) and founded Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. The settlement lived peacefully with the Native Americans, championed religious tolerance, and became a haven for “outcasts” who wanted personal freedom…

Government is a product. If you’re not happy with the product, you have to stop supporting it.

Easier said than done when it comes to government. We can’t simply opt-out of the taxes and say no thank you to its services…

By the end of the year, I plan to move to Puerto Rico. There self-employed, independent contractors, consultants, and owners of export service businesses can pay just 4% tax to Puerto Rico, and absolutely zero to the IRS.

There are more exit options every day. The market for alternatives is only growing– it has been since 1776.

And it’s about more than refusing to fund the corrupt and parasitical US government. This is about finding a place to live your life how you see fit, surrounded by people who build you up, instead of tear you down.

To me, those are American values. They are worth fighting for. And they will flourish around the globe, with or without the USA…

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A Force for Evil – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on August 8, 2018


Many of the nation’s colleges have become a force for evil and a focal point for the destruction of traditional American values. The threat to our future lies in the fact that today’s college students are tomorrow’s teachers, professors, judges, attorneys, legislators and policymakers. A recent Brookings Institution poll suggests that nearly half of college students believe that hate speech is not protected by the First Amendment. Of course, it is. Fifty-one percent of students think that it’s acceptable to shout down a speaker with whom they disagree. About 20 percent of students hold that it’s acceptable to use violence to prevent a speaker from speaking. Over 50 percent say colleges should prohibit speech and viewpoints that might offend certain people ( Contempt for the First Amendment and other constitutional guarantees is probably shared by the students’ high school teachers, as well as many college professors… Read the rest of this entry »

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