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Sun Sep 24, 2017, 12:53 PM

Why is the military of any kind associated with sports?

Sports is supposed to be a neutral place where people enjoy a game, not laud war or the war machine. The problem comes because we have gotten used to mixing so-called patriotism with sports. In fascist countries and dictatorships the military is present everywhere. The military does not run our country. It is a tool our nation uses to protect itself.

Having the military at these events is nothing more than a recruiting tool. That is how it started. Military recruiters also show up at high schools to sign up young men to go into the military. It is too pervasive in our society. That is the problem.

I think Society has created this monster by mixing things like this. There's a reason the military and politics should stay out of religion. There is also a good reason for the military to stay out of things that has a captive audience. All kinds of people attend sporting events. Different beliefs that people have should be taken into account as much as honoring a war machine.

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Reply Why is the military of any kind associated with sports? (Original post)
Lint Head Sep 2017 OP
cyclonefence Sep 2017 #1
Abu Pepe Sep 2017 #12
HAB911 Sep 2017 #2
Lint Head Sep 2017 #4
KY_EnviroGuy Sep 2017 #7
HAB911 Sep 2017 #10
WhiskeyGrinder Sep 2017 #3
Lint Head Sep 2017 #5
Exultant Democracy Sep 2017 #6
Blue_true Sep 2017 #8
JustABozoOnThisBus Sep 2017 #9
Lint Head Sep 2017 #11
Iggo Sep 2017 #13

Response to Lint Head (Original post)

Sun Sep 24, 2017, 01:01 PM

1. Agreed

And, barring the Olympics, why is the national anthem played at sporting events anyway? I think it's demeaning to our country to use our national song this way, with people starting to scream at the end and all kinds of carrying on.

Your post made me think about Nazi propaganda films exalting the physical prowess of the "pure Aryan race."

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Response to cyclonefence (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 24, 2017, 02:45 PM

12. Young Ann Coulter? nt

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Response to Lint Head (Original post)

Sun Sep 24, 2017, 01:07 PM

2. Fake patriotism for $$$$$$$$$

The Pentagon paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million to 'salute troops'

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-pentagon-pays-the-nfl-millions-to-honor-veterans-at-games-2015-5


I think they gave some or all back when busted

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 24, 2017, 01:24 PM

4. Totally agree.

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Response to HAB911 (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 24, 2017, 01:37 PM

7. Everything in the right-wing world is upside down.

If the NFL wanted to honor veterans who served to protect the NFL, they should pay for that effort. I mean, they've got money running out their frickin' ears. Am I missing something here?

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #7)

Sun Sep 24, 2017, 01:44 PM

10. LOL, The NFL pay the Pentagon?!

They can't even build their own f'ning stadiums! We have to.

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Response to Lint Head (Original post)

Sun Sep 24, 2017, 01:07 PM

3. Because the military pays for it.

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #3)

Sun Sep 24, 2017, 01:25 PM

5. Yes. It's nothing more that bought advertising.

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Response to Lint Head (Original post)

Sun Sep 24, 2017, 01:32 PM

6. Well it all started thousands years ago

When they were training young men for war and figured they needed a way to get them ready fo war without killing them.

The fact that was use sports as a war replacement these days is progress. Even the fans have mellowed out, itís rare thing these days indeed to see a post game riot topple a sitting government.

Itís actually almost amazing that we have reduced our over the top military role in sports to mostly football here. In China they canít even play pong pong without the PLA getting in on the act.

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Response to Lint Head (Original post)

Sun Sep 24, 2017, 01:39 PM

8. There has been a long historical association between the two.

Sports figures and movie stars have served in the armed forces at the apex of their careers. They didn't get shot at, but they were used for propaganda purposes.

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Response to Lint Head (Original post)

Sun Sep 24, 2017, 01:40 PM

9. The military is all voluntary, so of course they need to advertise.

Bringing back the draft would eliminate that problem.

It may introduce, however, some other and more interesting issues.

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Response to JustABozoOnThisBus (Reply #9)

Sun Sep 24, 2017, 02:40 PM

11. They should have advertisements on the NFL games just like

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all the other advertiser's. The ROTC even in college and high school has nothing to do with the overall population of the student body. It also has nothing to do with the overall population of the United States. We should not have people in uniform with weapons walking our streets. When we are in a weekend trying to enjoy ourselves we have to worship military might? I know it's a hard thing to happen but it needs to be removed. What if there were no wars related to our country. Could the population not be left at peace? To enjoy their peace?
Don't get me wrong. We need the military. To defend our country if we are attacked. But not to permeate every single moment of our lives.

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Response to Lint Head (Original post)

Sun Sep 24, 2017, 03:14 PM

13. Money.

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