“I would not let my son play pro football…And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence…In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won’t have to examine our consciences quite as much.” – Barack Obama
There’s a saying, and it goes like this: if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen. Essentially, it means that you and you alone are responsible for your position in life, and no one can force you to do anything you don’t want to do. If you can’t survive in your current environment, make different choices. This simple saying about sums up my feelings regarding the above quote from the president.
Football—more than any other sport—is America’s game. The sport was designed to be tough. There are several other sports that are even tougher, including rugby, but football remains an impact sport. One cannot play football without expectations of injury, up to and including severe and permanent damage. That’s the nature of the game, and everyone playing the game knows that.
Recently, there have been rule changes in order to make the game less dangerous. In theory, I am not against changes that would result in a safer game, but only if those changes don’t cost the game its intensity. I do, however, have a problem with the attitude taken by liberals.
The liberal attitude toward everything—not just football—is that a higher power should make all decisions for us. They believe that we are not competent enough to make choices on our own. They want to take survival of the fittest into their own hands. They want to tell us what we can eat, what we can inhale, and now they want to tell us how to play sports.
First, smoking was the cultural evil, and then it was obesity. Now, it seems that football has become the issue de jour. Some people smoke, and yes, it will kill them. Some people eat far too much sugar, and yes, it will kill them. The point is this: we should not be regulated to death. Football is a violent sport, but those who play it know that. It is survival of the fittest. If someone wants to smoke themselves to death, or eat three boxes of Oreos every day, that’s their choice to make. We cannot legislate a perfect existence. It’s impossible.
More than anything, we are being harmed by faith in government. Liberal faith in government doesn’t just stop at relatively trivial things, like football, and cigarettes, it invades every aspect of our lives. From healthcare to the economy, the liberal attitude that is beginning to infect football is changing what it means to be an American. From cradle to grave we are being manipulated.
We are individuals, and we cannot survive under so much stifling regulation. Let smokers smoke, let fat people eat sugar, and let footballers play the game.