October 27, 2009 by Marc Lamont Hill
How do you feel about the successful protest of Rush Limbaughâ€™s attempt to buy a minority stake in the St. Louis Rams?
In general, I am reluctant to deny opportunity to individuals based on their political beliefs. After all, dissenting opinions and rigorous debate are central to sustaining rich public conversation. In the case of Limbaugh, however, this is not about free speech. This is about a private organization, the NFL, deciding that a prospective owner is bad for business. Because of his inflammatory comments as a political pundit, as well as specific remarks about African-American football players, Limbaugh would be the object of perennial scrutiny, protest and boycotting, none of which are good for the collective profit-making that drives NFL owners.
Yesterdayâ€™s polls suggest that, for the first time, a majority of Americans disagree with President Obamaâ€™s politics. What happened?
Three things. First, Obama is a victim of an economic crisis that makes it hard for any presidentâ€™s policies to be popular. Second, he allowed Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, two of Americaâ€™s most divisive figures, to be responsible for a foreseeably controversial health care bill. Finally, the Republicans have developed a simple but effective strategy of blocking every effort Obama makes without offering any real solutions themselves. As a result, Obama, like Reagan, is becoming a wildly popular president with very unpopular policies. Not to worry though, a successful health care bill, and good news in Afghanistan, could turn those numbers around quickly.
Who will win the World Series?
The Yankees have the best team in baseball, but Iâ€™m going to pick my hometown Philadelphia Phillies in six games. To quote Rudy Tomjanovich, â€œNever underestimate the heart of a champion.â€
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