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An Early Look at the 2018 Election


Townhall Review — June 02, 2018

Hugh Hewitt turns to Tim Alberta of Politico for clarity on the upcoming November midterm elections. Mike Gallagher discusses the recent Florida Publix “die-in” initiated by David Hogg has caused Publix to capitulate to Hogg’s demands. Hugh Hewitt speaks with Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargon, who signed and a press release explaining a what is really happening to the children at the U.S Mexico Border. Michael Medved discusses the NFL’s new less than acceptable policy on the National Anthem. Larry Elder speaks with Tom Harris, Executive Director of the International Climate-Science Coalition on his recent article on global warming. Michael Medved invites Christiana Holcomb of Alliance Defending Freedom to share about her case involving a High School student’s right to privacy related to opposite-sex bathroom usage. Hugh Hewitt speaks with author and columnist Selina Zito on her latest project called “The Mainstreet Project,” in which she invites kids to be immersed in Western PA culture, much of which has been lost.

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David Davenport: Not All Free Speech Is Constitutionally Protected

Compromise

NFL players kneeling to protest the national anthem isn’t going away. Two owners say their players must stand; now the Commissioner wants a rule requiring all NFL players to stand. Vice President Pence famously walked out on the protest.

But here’s one thing you should know that many don’t: Even though the phrase free speech is thrown around, the players have no constitutionally protected right to protest the anthem.

The First Amendment prohibits the government from limiting free speech, not a football team. In fact, sports teams are businesses and their leagues may regulate all kinds of things, from tucking in your shirt to what patches you wear. If there is any legal angle here, it is a matter of labor negotiations between the players’ union and management or the League. But it’s not a matter of constitutional law under the First Amendment.

Sadly our society knows so little about the Constitution, but this teachable moment is about free speech.

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Albert Mohler: The Intrusion of Politics Into Virtually Everything

Billy Graham

For the better part of the last century or more there has been something of an unspoken compact between the sphere of politics and the sphere of sports; they have basically stayed out of one another’s way.

This compact—already deteriorating—has been shattered as President Donald Trump went head to head with players in the NBA and NFL about questions of patriotism.

Regrettably, we should expect this story to expand over time because this does represent, I would argue, a major turning point in the culture. When you have sports and politics now colliding in such an explosive way it’s going to be very difficult to disentangle them.

This story provides further evidence of a very lamentable development in American culture, and that is the intrusion of politics into virtually everything, into every arena of life.

That’s not healthy, it’s not healthy for any society. It is certainly not healthy for the United States of America in 2017.

Wherever we go from here it is previously uncharted territory for the presidency, patriotism, and professional sports.

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Trump Turns Focus to Tax Reform

Opioids Tariffs

Townhall Review — September 30, 2017
Sitting in for Hugh Hewitt, Joe Concha speaks with Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports on the NFL National Anthem controversy. Mike Huckabee shares with Michael Medved details of his show “Huckabee” on TBN. Robert Costa of the Washington Post joins Hugh Hewitt to share the latest on the devastation that took place in Puerto Rico. Larry Elder has Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, on the show to explain the latest evidence of wiretapping during the Obama Administration. Larry Elder also turns to Sally Pipes, President of the Pacific Research Institute, concerning the single-payer healthcare system in Canada. Filling in for Michael Medved, Joe Concha has Heather Nauert from the U.S Department of State to share about new strategies of the State Department concerning Syria and Russia. Mike Gallagher interviews Charles Mully, the “dad” of the world’s largest family.

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Mike Gallagher: You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught

NRA

Just a couple weekends ago in Belleville, Illinois, every single player on a football team of youngsters—eight years old and under—took a knee during the national anthem.

The coach, Orlando Goodin, said his kids knew all about why people were protesting in the streets of St. Louis over the acquittal of former police officer Jason Stockley. He saw a teaching opportunity—and explained Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem. The kids asked if they could do the same.

So, sure enough, when the national anthem played, these third graders immediately took a knee, their backs turned away from the flag.

There’s a line from the old musical South Pacific that says, “You’ve got to be carefully taught.”

You’ve got to be carefully taught to hate.

Coach Goodin chose to teach these kids to despise their flag.

You’ve also got to be carefully taught to love, taught to be grateful.

No: Not a one of us thinks this country is perfect.

But there’s a lot to be thankful for.

That’s the lesson we all ought to be teaching right now.

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Kaepernick in Search of a Team, Promises No More Protest

Kaepernick protest costs him his job

Ah, but the damage is already done (NY Daily News).  And teams apparently don’t want the distraction of a player who expresses his hatred for the country that gave him so much (MSN). The NFL watched their ratings plunge as others followed Kaepernick’s example. He’s poison, at this point. Coach Chip Kelly, fired after the season, let Kaepernick lead the team even after his constant anti-America display. The 49ers finished last.

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