Skip to comments.McCain: I would have signed that Democratic letter asking the NFL to change the Redskinsí name
Posted on 05/23/2014 1:10:39 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Of course he would. Among the public, this is a non-issue: Despite endless lefty blather about the name over the past year, including from The One himself, 79 percent side with the ‘Skins. (That’s especially dangerous to pols elected by the Redskins’ core fan base, which is why Virginia senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner refused to sign the letter.) Among the political class, though, it’s a proxy for ideology, an easy check-the-box way to polish your particular brand. That’s how this issue was able to accelerate from slow-news-day fodder on Slate last August to a cause celebre among fully half of the United States Senate. I’d be surprised if there are even five people in the chamber who’ve given this issue more than two minutes of thought, but when an opportunity to buy political piety this cheaply arises, anyone in the market for it is going to lunge. And Maverick’s always in the market.
Why didn’t Democrats ask him to sign, then?
On Thursday, Republicans dismissed the May 21 letter signed by 49 Senate Democrats and sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida sent his own letter) as a pointless exercise unlikely to change anything. GOP lawmakers said that they were never approached by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) or Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the former chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee who circulated the letter…
One Republican Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), whose state has a significant portion of Native Americans said he probably would have added his signature to the letter if he had been asked. That would have elevated the stature of the Democrats initiative by making it both bipartisan and endorsed by the GOPs 2008 presidential nominee. McCain has joined Democrats on some social issues recently, advocating to end workplace discrimination based on sexuality and urging his governor to veto a bill that would have allowed businesses to deny service to gay customers.
They didnt ask, McCain said, confirming he still opposed the Redskins moniker for the team. Its offensive to our Native Americans.
Yeah, McCain would have been a solid “get” for Dems here. And I bet he’s not the only Republican who would have signed. Where Maverick goes, Lindsey Graham usually follows, and then you have the usual centrist Collins/Murkowski/Kirk coalition. Being able to say that a clear majority of the Senate was opposed to the Redskins name would have been a nice talking point for Democrats, “proof” that this issue was catching on among GOPers as well. Instead, they didn’t even approach McCain. Why? Because this is about moral posturing, not about actually pressuring the ‘Skins or the NFL to do something. And if you’re going to posture, why would you invite Republicans to join you? You plant the Democratic flag on the position that “Redskins” is abhorrent to all right-thinking people and salute. When they eventually send a letter to the Koch brothers asking them politely to commit suicide for the good of America, Republicans won’t be asked to sign that one either. This is about Democratic branding, nothing more.
Here’s Maria Cantwell making an impassioned plea to the chamber to give this shiny object the brief news-cycle attention it deserves. You’re next, Chief Wahoo. Exit quotation: “The intent of the team’s name has always been to present a strong, positive and respectful image,’ the league said in a statement. ‘The name is not used by the team or the NFL in any other context, though we respect those that view it differently.’”
The state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people".
Let's not be selectively outraged... BE CONSISTENT.
FORCE OKLAHOMA TO CHANGE ITS NAME NOW! /s
McCain. You are a stupid old creep. Go change your friggin Depends.
MEGA BARF McLame.
“Let’s not be selectively outraged... BE CONSISTENT.
FORCE OKLAHOMA TO CHANGE ITS NAME NOW! /s”
Golden State Warriors
ND Fighting Irish
Come on now people. So many stupid things to do, so little time.
I’m surprised a federal judge hasn’t ordered this already,along with a requirement that we all vote Democrat and house a gay couple for free. Or maybe that we pay them $15 an hour to live in our house.
Its offensive to our Native Americans.
Really? That is too bad. I suggest they do not attend Redskins games watch Redskin football or buy Redskin merchandise. Problem solved....
Sure you would. What about states names? Utah as an example? Dakota’s for another? And why name a state after Mexico?
So. McInsane would sign a letter with the democrats. But he refused to sign a no new taxes pledge.
I hate this S.O.B.
This P.C. crap, regardless of individual merits for or against any issue, needs to STOP.
Every damn time the PC police make an issue of ANY subject, REGARDLESS of personal feelings on the particular merits of that issue, intelligent patriotic Americans need to stand together and STOP them. They destroying our society and culture and generating schisms and hatreds where none previsouly existed. They are despicable and evil.
Juan would sign anything that had the scent of a jackass on it.
My father couldve had Jesus as running mate & he wouldve lost the presidency, Meghan McCain says
Just STHU . .. good grief, the crap that goes on nowadays with all the issues at hand and he gets all worked up over THIS
Why doesn’t McCain arm the politically correct vocabulary terrorists who think naming teams after native americans instead of ducks, fish, or leaves is inappropriate? It’s so much more his style.
Saginaw - Ojibiwa name meaning “Where the Sauk were” ......before we nobly exterminated them to take their land.
Knowing the morality of Jesus, the left probably would have demanded his crucifixion again.
Redskin Potatoes — Go Spuds! The ‘Skins are Loaded this year!
Redskin Peanuts — Go Nuts!
Sit down Gramps, your 15 minutes of fame(shame) are over.
Jack asses do things like that McCain. You have earned that title, jack ass.
Rand Paul will be the next panderer, but then again, Rand Paul pandering predictions write themselves too.
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hey juan :
I hereby resign my office as Senator effective immediately _____________
how about signing that you JACKASS !@!!
And yet another reason why America continues to slide into oblivion.
All this nonsensical PC garbage.
Give them (the liberal fascists) time. They’ll eventually get around to all of them.
They’ll pick them off 1 by 1, from the weakest to the strong, until Notre Dame capitulates voluntarily (which I believe they will do by dropping the “fighting” part).
That publicity hound was napping when the Dems were calling their media enablers to make their earth-shattering announcement to change the Redskins name. Meanwhile, our vets can’t get appointments at VA hospitals and the Democrats block action on the House bill to punish those who were in charge of the fraudulent double booking in the VA.
Oh by the way, STFU.
If Oklahoma is an Indian-derived word it has to be OK.
Yeah and while we’re at it lets change the name of North and South Dakota,Mississippi,Delaware, Massachusetts, Ohio,Kansas, Arkansas and Minnesota. Funny, it’s rarely ever Native Americans who do the complaining. Just some bunch of guilt-ridden white liberals. (Are there any other kind?)
The entire United States of America is filled with names of cities, states, rivers, lakes, ponds, mountain ranges, and even trees that carry names of an INDIAN root. Ever gaze upon the majesty of a REDWOOD TREE?
If you agree with this claim regarding a name is a ‘racial slur’ then better tell virtually the vast majority of High Schools in the country to drop the names of their mascots. Rename the Cleveland baseball team. The Minnesota football team honors a tribe of people who ravaged Europe. There is no end to this nonsense.
One thing I must admit, though. The industry required to change every offending sign across the country would surely lead the country to a new prosperity, and create countless thousands of jobs for Americans.
from wikipedia Main article: List of U.S. state name etymologies
guess we're gonna rename most of the states
Alabama named for the Alibamu, a tribe whose name derives from a Choctaw phrase meaning "thicket-clearers" or "plant-cutters" (from albah, "(medicinal) plants", and amo, "to clear"). The modern Choctaw name for the tribe is Albaamu.
Alaska from Aleut alaxsxaq, "the mainland" (literally "the object towards which the action of the sea is directed").
Arizona may be from O'odham ali ṣona-g, "having a little spring", though it may come from Basque: aritz zonak ("Good oaks").
Arkansas from the Illinois rendering of the tribal autonym kką:ze (see Kansas, below), which the Miami and Illinois used to refer to the Quapaw.
Connecticut from some Eastern Algonquian language of southern New England (perhaps Mahican), meaning "at the long tidal river" (after the Connecticut River). The name reflects Proto-Eastern-Algonquian *kwən-, "long"; *-əhtəkw, "tidal river"; and *-ənk, the locative suffix
Hawaii - Hawaiian language name Hawaiʻi - from Hawaiki, legendary homeland of the Polynesians. Hawaiki is believed to mean "place of the gods"
Idaho may be from Plains Apache ídaahę́, "enemy", used to refer to the Comanches, or it may have been an invented word.
Illinois from the French rendering of an Algonquian (perhaps Miami) word apparently meaning "s/he speaks normally" (c.f. Miami ilenweewa), from Proto-Algonquian *elen-, "ordinary" + -wē, "to speak", referring to the Illiniwek.
Iowa from Dakota ayúxba or ayuxwe, via French Aiouez.
Kansas from the autonym kką:ze.
Kentucky from an Iroquoian word meaning "at the meadow" or "on the prairie" (c.f. Seneca gëdágeh [kẽtaʔkeh], "at the field").
Massachusetts from an Algonquian language of southern New England, and apparently means "near the small big mountain", usually identified as Great Blue Hill on the border of Milton and Canton, Massachusetts (c.f. the Narragansett name Massachusêuck).
Michigan from Ottawa mishigami, "large water" or "large lake".".
Minnesota from Dakota mni-sota, "turbid water".
Mississippi from an Algonquian language, probably Ojibwe, meaning "big river" (Ojibwe misiziibi).
Missouri named for the Missouri tribe, whose name comes from Illinois mihsoori, "dugout canoe".
Nebraska from Chiwere ñįbraske, "flattened water".
New Mexico the name "Mexico" comes from Nahuatl Mēxihco, of unknown derivation.
North and South Dakota dakhóta comes from the Sioux word for "friend" or "ally".
Ohio from Seneca ohi:yo, "beautiful river".
Oklahoma invented by Chief Allen Wright as a rough translation of "Indian Territory"; in Choctaw, okla means "people", "tribe", or "nation", and homa- means "red", thus: "Red people".
Tennessee Derived from the name of a Cherokee village, Tanasi, whose etymology is unknown.
Texas ultimately from Caddo táyshaʔ, "friend".
Utah from a language of one of the Ute tribe's neighbors, such as Western Apache yúdah, "high up".
Wisconsin originally "Mescousing", from an Algonquian language, though the source and meaning is not entirely clear; most likely from the Miami word Meskonsing meaning "it lies red" (c.f. Ojibwe miskosin).
Wyoming from Munsee Delaware xwé:wamənk, "at the big river flat".
Chicago means “stinky onion” in Indian.
McCain. You are a stupid old creep. Go change your friggin Depends.
Good one. Johnny doesn’t realize, and I don’t thing he’d care, that many of us voted for him just because we didn’t want Obama, but in reality he may have another version of O.
“The entire United States of America is filled with names of cities, states, rivers, lakes, ponds, mountain ranges, and even trees that carry names of an INDIAN root.”
From what native american word and language is ‘redskins’ derived?
Yah ?? .. So ??
I am not surprised for I will go to my grave convinced that McCain was a shill for the “Divine One.”
And you would undermine the 1st ammendment as well the commerce clause.
You fatuous, self serving, Ass....
Damn it.... my first glass of wine, before dinner, is all over my keyboard. LMAO......!!!!!
The Aztecs had to fight to keep their name but had to give up the fierce-looking Aztec warrior symbol, as well as mascot Monty Montezuma who, dressed in Aztec regalia, would lead the team onto the field and launch a spear in the direction of the opposition.
Did you see the “/s” tag in my post?
No one gets worked up over anything ... it’s all smoke n’ mirrors to keep people talking about bullshit ... so the enemy can continue raping, pillaging and destroying.
I think that using Martin Luther King’s name on the streets with the worst crime incidence is a disgrace to his accomplishments in the Civil Rights Arena.
They should change them all to Barack Obama Boulevard.
RE: If Oklahoma is an Indian-derived word it has to be OK.
OK next question, who sets the rules that says an Indian derived word is fine but an English word with practically the same meaning is not?
And who gave them the authority to make these rules?
Just wait. It’s coming. Haven’t they named some elementary schools after him already?
Well... she is right. It doesn't matter who he had as his running mate. Sarah Palin proved that. If Sarah Palin had been paired with anyone else (say, for example, Mitt Romney), they would probably have won.
Most Native Americans are NOT opposed to the name of the team.