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Pathological shaming

Since the federal response to the hurricane in Puerto Rico ha merely shown that Trump is competent (or rather, he hires folks who are competent and lets them run things), Hillary's meme that Trump Hates Hispanics is losing it's value as a meme.

New meme: Trump hates free speech, so those athletes dissing the flag, Trump, the military, their fans, and the first responders who protect them in times of trouble are the newest heroes in the MSM...

Free speech, right...

See earlier essay in which I defended Kaepernik. I can argue both sides of the issue.

But this is being manipulated from above. And that angers me.

Why do I say this?

they couldn't do that if their owners didn't allow it.

Ah, but it is a spontaneous demonstration, right?

but then a military veteran refused to join in disrespect for the flag and his country, and dared to stand (alone) with his hand on his heart during the National Anthem.

He has now "apologized". From instapundit:

MY Fault ONLY’: Steelers’ Alejandro Villanueva apologizes in press conferencfor throwing Steelers ‘under the bus:’
Villenueva:”I made coach Tomlin look bad, and that is my fault and my fault only…Every single time I see that picture of me standing by myself, I feel embarrassed.”

the pressure point used to "change" his mind: How dare he embarrass his team mates!

such virtue shaming works only on good people of course.

AnnAlthouse has an essay on this:  Classic liberal manipulation: Creating the fear that you will be thought of as uncaring..

I'm enough of a feminist to recognize this as a manipulative scam: from psycCentral:

A weakness of a narcissist is their extreme hatred of being embarrassed. There is nothing worse for them than having someone point out even the slightest fault.
Ironically, they have no problem openly doing this to others. This method of casting shame allows them to feel superior while minimizing any impact the other person might have.
It also serves as a way of discounting any future comments the other person use to embarrass the narcissist. Basically, they are beating the other person to the first punch.
read the whole thing, which lists 11 ways that "narcissists" manipulate people

however, there are a few peacemakers out there trying to defuse this fake controversy. Again from Instapundit:

AMERICA’S TEAM KNEES AMERICA? Cowboys Take A Knee In Prayer Before National Anthem.
“According to Kristi Scales, the pregame kneel was in prayer for equality and unity, and purposely not during the anthem.”

Blessed are the peacemakers etc etc...

But don't worry: no good deed goes unpunished:



Winston Smith, call your office...


update: One has to love MadDog Mattis

Reporter: Do you have anything to say about the NFL?
SEC. MATTIS: I'm the secretary of defense. We defend the country.

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