In the middle of both his Domestic and Foreign Policies swirling down the ol’ porcelain receptacle, President Barack Hussein Obama, through his Commerce Secretary , Penny Pritzker, instructed the United States Patent Office, under the leadership of Director Michelle Lee ( the Former Google.com Executive, (not the wonderful multi-talented actress), to pull the trademark rights of the Washington Redskins.
The 99-page decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board claims that the team’s name and logo are disparaging. It dilutes the Redskins’ legal protection against infringement and hinders the team’s ability to block counterfeit merchandise from entering the country.
During an interview conducted the first week of October, Obama remarked.
If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it.
This petulant act was no doubt, triggered by a letter which Redskins President, Bruce Allen, sent to Democrat Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, who has been leading the stupid campaign to force the ‘Skins to change their time-honored name for the sake of Political Correctness, on behalf of the Obama Administration and the rest of “the smartest people in the room”.
The Washington Times reported in May, that the letter told Dinghy Harry that
… his efforts to orchestrate a campaign to force a team name change were misguided and failed to recognize the name’s “deep and personal meaning.”
“I hope you will attend one of our home games, where you would witness first-hand that the Washington Redskins are a positive, unifying force for our community in a city and region that is divided on so many levels,” team President Bruce Allen wrote Mr. Reid.
The letter offered several rebuttals to arguments that Mr. Reid and other Democratic senators made in a letter earlier this week asking the NFL to force the team to change its name because they considered it racially offensive.
Mr. Allen argued the Redskins‘ name “originated as a Native American expression of solidarity” and that the team logo was designed by Native Americans in 1971.
He also noted that 90 percent of Americans in one poll didn’t find the team name offensive, and that an Associated Press survey earlier this year found 83 percent of Americans supported keeping the team name.
“What policy or issue generates 83 percent to 90 percent support is this era of negativity and division?” he asked.
The team also played up its recent charitable efforts through a new foundation that in just two months has funded 40 projects to help Native Americans. “It is our mission to help tackle the troubling realities facing so many tribes across our country,” Mr. Allen wrote.
Rightscoop.com reports that Constitutional Lawyer and Conservative Radio Talk Show Hose Mark Levin wants to correct all the misconceptions, concerning the Patent Office’s action:
Levin argues that despite the Obama administration ruling, the Redskins still own their name and logo and still own the use of their name and logo because of Common Law. And if you try and use their name and logo, Levin says the Redskins will sue you and will win because there is not a court in the land that won’t uphold Common Law.
An AP-Gfk Poll was conducted from April 11-April 15, 2014. Of 1,004 adults, 79% favored keeping the name, 11% think it should be changed, while 8% weren’t sure and 2% didn’t answer.
So, why is Obama and his Administration going through with this Quixotic Quest now,while even his old buddy, NBC’s Chuck Todd, said yesterday that the “Obama Presidency is over”?
Rush Limbaugh explained the Administration’s reason for Stripping the trademark rights from the Redskins:
This is an abject, total power play. This is the administration illustrating what it can do. It simply… Look, Snyder [the Team Owner] does not donate to Democrat causes. He might a little to even it out, but Snyder is known, if anything, as a Republican, and he does position himself very stubbornly. “I’m never changing this name,” he said. “Never.” Well, you don’t tell a tyrant “never.” You don’t tell a statist or an authoritarian “never.”
You don’t tell somebody who thinks he has all the power over everybody “never.” So I think this is somewhat personal now, because the end result of this action puts the name “Redskins” everywhere, and you would think that’s not what they want. If you really buy into what they’re doing, you would think they want to wipe out the name so it’s not used by anybody, but this action would result in it everywhere.
So this is nothing more than a classic illustration of who this administration really is. They’ve targeted an enemy and it happens to be Dan Snyder, and maybe secondarily the NFL. But it’s Dan Snyder they’re gunning for here, and they’re not gonna stop. The Regime is not gonna stop until they make him change that name. It’s just flexing of the muscle. This is just pure, raw power on display.
On April 9th, in a post titled “The New Fascism”, I wrote
Ladies and gentlemen, I firmly believe that America is now fighting a new war against fascism.
It’s not a war that is being fought with guns and bullets, But instead with state referendums, Congressional votes, executive orders, and judicial activism.
And, it’s not our best and brightest who are dying on this field of battle, but rather, it is our Constitutional Freedoms which are dying an ignoble death, pierced by the arrows of socialism and political correctness.
By now, there’s some out there in the audience saying, “Oh Lord, the crazy old cracker’s overreacting again.”
No, Skippy, I’m not.
And, Lord, I hate it when I’m right.
Until He Comes,