NHLers who have spoken out against the violence in Charlottesville
Because everything sucks, and it’s good to know that at least a few of them have cleared this incredibly low bar. This may not be everyone who tweeted about this, and I didn’t check other social media at all, so please tell me if you know of anyone else!
Detroit Red Wings: condemned use of their logo by fascists/neo-Nazis
Paul Bissonnette: retweeted Red Wings statement Brian Boyle: retweeted a video about Sir Nicholas Winton with the caption “On the same night that racists are carrying torches in Charlottesville I
see this tweet. Choose well what kind of human you’re going to be” JT Brown: quote-tweeted the Red Wings statement, statement from Bill Clinton Max Domi: quote-tweeted the Sir Nicholas Winton video (but he’s also supported Trump in the past, so take this with at least one grain of salt) Andrew Ference: [”This is what “making America great again” looks like?” with link to video], retweeted [As #Charlottsville churns with hate & racism, I am grateful for (Canadian flag emoji) inclusion.
But make no mistake: the same hate festers here and must end.] Blake Geoffrion: retweeted Sir Nicholas Winston video Brooks Laich: [
I hope for a world where diversity is not hated, not merely accepted - but celebrated! That must be our future! #prayforCharlottesville] Mike Modano: retweeted Red Wings statement Matt Stajan: retweeted video about Sir Nicholas Winton Aaron Ward: retweeted [I signed up to fight Nazis 73 years ago and I’ll do it again if I have to.
Hatred, bigotry, & fascism should have no place in this country.]
UPDATES! Jakob Chychrun: hasn’t posted publicly, but has liked a bunch of good stuff Matt Dumba: retweeted [I signed up to fight Nazis 73 years ago and I’ll do it again if I have to.
Hatred, bigotry, & fascism should have no place in this country.] Ben Scrivens: probably already your unproblematic fave as he should be, but retweeted a bunch of really good stuff including an article about dealing with Canada’s right wing extremism
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As the father of three daughters, I reserved the right to interview their dates. Seemed only fair to me. After all, my wife and I’d spent 16 or 17 years feeding them, dressing them, funding braces, and driving them to volleyball tournaments and piano recitals. A five-minute face-to-face with the guy was a fair expectation. I was entrusting the love of my life to him. For the next few hours, she would be dependent upon his ability to drive a car, avoid the bad crowds, and stay sober. I wanted to know if he could do it. I wanted to know if he was decent.
This was my word: “decent.” Did he behave in a decent manner? Would he treat my daughter with kindness and respect? Could he be trusted to bring her home on time? In his language, actions, and decisions, would he be a decent guy?
Decency mattered to me as a dad.
Decency matters to you. We take note of the person who pays their debts. We appreciate the physician who takes time to listen. When the husband honors his wedding vows, when the teacher makes time for the struggling student, when the employee refuses to gossip about her co-worker, when the losing team congratulates the winning team, we can characterize their behavior with the word decent.
We appreciate decency. We applaud decency. We teach decency. We seek to develop decency. Decency matters, right?
Then why isn’t decency doing better in the presidential race?
The leading candidate to be the next leader of the free world would not pass my decency interview. I’d send him away. I’d tell my daughter to stay home. I wouldn’t entrust her to his care.
I don’t know Mr. Trump. But I’ve been chagrined at his antics. He ridiculed a war hero. He made mockery of a reporter’s menstrual cycle. He made fun of a disabled reporter. He referred to the former first lady, Barbara Bush as “mommy,” and belittled Jeb Bush for bringing her on the campaign trail. He routinely calls people “stupid,” “loser,” and “dummy.” These were not off-line, backstage, overheard, not-to-be-repeated comments. They were publicly and intentionally tweeted, recorded, and presented.
Such insensitivities wouldn’t even be acceptable even for a middle school student body election. But for the Oval Office? And to do so while brandishing a Bible and boasting of his Christian faith? I’m bewildered, both by his behavior and the public’s support of it.
The stock explanation for his success is this: he has tapped into the anger of the American people. As one man said, “We are voting with our middle finger.” Sounds more like a comment for a gang-fight than a presidential election. Anger-fueled reactions have caused trouble ever since Cain was angry at Abel.
We can only hope, and pray, for a return to decency. Perhaps Mr. Trump will better manage his antics. (Worthy of a prayer, for sure.) Or, perhaps the American public will remember the key role of the president is to be the face of America. When he/she speaks, he/she speaks for us. Whether we agree or disagree with the policies of the president, do we not hope that they behave in a way that is consistent with the status of the office?
As far as I remember, I never turned away one of my daughter’s dates. They weren’t perfect, but they were decent fellows. That was all I could ask.
Donald Trump isn’t the problem. Not really. Donald Trump supporters are.
Hey, man Trump is an out-of-touch billionaire. He can be crazy and eccentric. That’s what
out-of-touch billionaires do, I guess. Whatever.
But when your (mildly) estranged aunt and uncle or some old acquaintance constantly shares his nonsensical ramblings on FaceBook, it turns into something else. Something much more warped and insane.
Repeat after me, people: “This man is insane. He’s deranged. He will bring about WW3 if he ever gets any power. And no one wants to live in the world of Mad Max: Fury Road, do they? Even if it means getting to meet bald but still hot Charlize Theron.”
Hey, I understand the anger of people who think “Well, Hillary/Bernie/Anyone Else is corrupt and flawed, so why bother voting against Trump?” And it’s a very valid opinion. But here’s the thing: Don’t you think Trump is counting on your sad, miserable indifference?
Just saying: I don’t want a crazy former reality star to have nuke codes and be the most powerful person on the planet. That is it.
Hey, I saw the Mad Max movie. And those people all looked fucking miserable and unhappy. Even with all the cool car races and whatnot.
Because that’s what happens when you let an insane man be the most powerful person around. The end of the world.