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1972 Dolphins: What is Wrong With These People? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   

DolphinsHelmetCan we talk?  I mean, seriously.  Can we talk?  

The President of the United States invited the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins football players to come to the White House to be honored.  Three players declined.  Why? 

"We've got some real moral compass issues in Washington," Hall of Fame center Jim Langer told the Sun-Sentinel's David Hyde. "I don't want to be in a room with those people and pretend I'm having a good time. I can't do that. If that [angers] people, so be it."

"I'll just say my views are diametrically opposed to the President's," Manny Fernandez said. "Enough said. Let's leave it at that. I hope everyone enjoys the trip who goes."

And former offensive lineman Bob Kuechenberg added: "I want to be careful, because mom said if you have nothing good to say about someone, then don't say anything," he told the newspaper. "I don't have anything good to say about someone. … I just don't believe in this administration at all. So I don't belong. Anyone on the left or the right has to respect one man's opinion. …

"I don't belong there, I'll tell you that," Kuechenberg continued. "Without being critical, I can just tell you I don't belong. It would be hypocritical of me to be there. I don't want to do that. I just don't believe in this administration at all. So I don't belong. Anyone on the left or the right has to respect one man's opinion."

CBSSports.com

So your views are "diametrically opposed" to the person who holds the office of "President of the United States," and that means you can't shake the office holder's hand, be cordial, and accept the honor?

Seriously?!?

Where do people learn this kind of behavior?  From their parents?  Listening to Reince Priebus?  Watching Fox News?  Reading about John Boehner?  Where?!?

I thought George W. Bush and his administration should have been investigated for possible war crimes. I did. I thought (and think) waterboarding was torture and a violation of international treaties and laws. But Bush was President of the United States, too. Reagan violated U.S. law and traded arms for hostages. He did. He should have been investigated too.  Maybe even prosecuted. I'm not a fan of the Obama administration's drone policy, their domestic surveylance policy, the continued use of Gitmo, FISA Courts, etc., etc., etc... Believe it or not, I'd support an investigation or two there, too.

But I respect the office. I do. If the person holding the office of President of the United States invites me to the White House for coffee, to discuss domestic policy, to receive an honor from that office, or to have a beer...  I'm there.  I don't care who it is. Nixon. Bush. Reagan. Obama. Respecting the office does not mean respecting the office holder. Respecting the office is not an endorsement of the office holder.  If he invited me to a fundraiser and asked me for money, that'd be a different thing entirely. But inviting me to seek my opinion or give me an award?!?  I'm so there. 

In my job I deal with people I disagree with every day. I suspect that's true in lots and lots of occupations/professions. But at the end of the day, I can (and do) walk over to an "opponent," shake his/her hand, smile, tell them I disagree with them but respect their position and invite them to have a nice evening.  

Why?  

Because I'm not an idiot zealot, teabagging moran.

Apparently three people on the 1972 Miami Dolphins football team are.


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MFT said:

1972 Dolphins' Perfect Season Honor
While I agree with the gist of your article, you lost me with your final two sentences, which bring nothing to the table of civil discourse and only serves to alienate and insult. You can do better, sir. We all can.
 
August 22, 2013 | url
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Big Running said:

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Chet,

You sound bitter. Guess what? Obama is just not that cool anymore; in the last 10 months lots of lefties jumped ship and said, "whoa." He's a bigtime lame duck and only one year into his second term.

Question for ya: What does the term teabagging mean? I dont understand it.
 
August 22, 2013
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Chet said:

Bitter? No.
I don't care whether the President is or is not "cool." I want him to be intelligent and competent. Cool doesn't matter to me.

There are lots of definitions of "teabagging" here: http://www.urbandictionary.com...ger&page=2

Take your pick.



I've never asked anybody to agree with 100% of what I write. If you agree with most of it, I'm fine with that. I'd probably be fine with it even if you didn't. Some people just aren't part of our target audience.
 
August 23, 2013
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p.c. said:

Mr.
what's wrong with those last two sentences? Apparently speaking the TRUTH isn't something you're comfortable with huh? smilies/cheesy.gif
 
August 28, 2013
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Big Running said:

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Chet,

I've seen that woman walking into the DNC convention. Is that where you took this pic?

smilies/cheesy.gif
 
August 28, 2013
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