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KENTUCKYREDBONE
05-21-2010, 06:14 PM
Jewish World Review May 17, 2010/ 4 Sivan 5770

‘Los’ Suns: Stuck on Stupido

By Arnold Ahlert



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | "What if the owners of the Suns discovered that hordes of people were sneaking into Suns' games without paying? What if the owners had a good idea as to who the gate-crashers are, but the ushers and security personnel were not allowed to ask these folks to produce their ticket stubs, thus non-paying attendees couldn't be ejected. Furthermore, what if Suns' ownership was expected to provide those who sneaked in with complimentary eats and drink? And what if, on those days when a gate-crasher became ill or injured, the Suns had to provide free medical care and shelter?"--Phil Mushnik, NY Post, May 16th, 2010

Nothing illuminates the bankruptcy of liberalism better than liberalism itself. The above quote was a composite of fan responses to Phoenix Sun owner Robert Sarver's idea that his team wear "Los Suns" jerseys to protest the new Arizona immigration law. Is there any doubt how Mr. Sarver would react if what he claims to believe in were directly applied to his interests? How about his players? How many of them would take a salary cut so that "undocumented attendees" whose "only crime" was a desire to see an NBA basketball game could attend one?

There is a reason the expression "limousine liberal" came into being. It aptly describes those who fervently believe in the theory of liberalism--as long as they remain largely immune from its practical application. It is the cabal of self-righteous souls who are positive that Arizonans are racist, xenophobic bigots--but would never stand for illegal aliens sneaking across their property in the middle of the night. It is the same people who encourage family-destroying, welfare dependency--as long as the socially dysfunctional stay in their own neighborhoods. It is those who support all manner of alternative energy--as long as it doesn't despoil their ocean view.

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It is those who bemoan the deplorable condition of public schools--even as they send their own children to private ones. It is those who champion financial "reform"--because they already have their wealth, and they don't want any competition. It is those who applaud government-run health care--because they have lifetime access to the best hospitals and doctors in the world, and will never spend a minute in any emergency room rubbing elbows with the great unwashed. It is those who wax poetic about the innumerable shortcomings of the country--from the tenured safety of a college campus.

There are none so enlightened as those for whom "do as I say, not as I do" underlies the totality of their worldview. Unabashed hypocrisy is the foundation of modern-day liberalism. It is the ideology of people who consciences are completely assuaged by the idea of "throwing money" at every problem they encounter--as long as it's other people's money, and someone else is doing the heavy lifting.

How about it, Mr. Sarver? How about allowing free admission to one of your remaining playoff games? How about serving free refreshments? Certainly such a magnanimous gesture is doable. Perhaps you could persuade your players, concessionaires, parking lot attendants, etc., to take a one game pay cut as well--or you could simply pay them and take the hit personally. And since you're apparently comfortable with illegals remaining a permanent part of the Arizona landscape, perhaps the occasional "Free Game and Refreshment Night" could become an equally permanent part of the Phoenix Suns schedule.

And why stop there? Maybe it's time to start replacing some of our mainstream media personnel with undocumented workers. After all, who would be more effective blasting Arizonans and other Americans for their "racist" attitudes than those who have had personal experience with them? Who would make a more effective advocate for "comprehensive immigration reform" than someone who would directly benefit from it?

That is not to say working in the media is one of those jobs "Americans refuse to do," but why should illegals be limited to such work? If we're going to make millions of border-busters part of America, shouldn't some upper-echelon jobs be included in the mix? Isn't that what liberals mean when they talk about "fairness" or "social justice?" Doesn't "spreading the wealth around" apply to everyone? Shouldn't all neighborhoods, schools, hospitals, businesses, etc., experience the "richness of unassimilated multiculturalism" that liberals demand of Arizonans?

Shouldn't everyone walk a mile in someone else's shoes?

Talk is cheap. And no one makes it cheaper than the American left, for whom "feeling good" is all about them feeling good at someone else's expense. There isn't a scintilla of doubt in my mind what the reaction of most liberals would be if millions of stock brokers, journalists, celebrities, college professors, et al, were sneaking across the border and demanding that America "accommodate" their needs and desires.

The late Leona Helmsley once said that "only little people pay taxes." Liberalism has precisely the same price tag: only "little people" pay for the excesses of the self-anointed. Phoenix is the kidnap capital of the United States? I don't live there, but I'm sure Arizonans are racist. Arizona rancher Robert Krentz gets killed on his own property in an area officials already know is an illegal "smuggling corridor?" I didn't get killed and it's not my ranch, and Arizonans have no right to protect their lives and their property if it conflicts with my ideology.

Modern day liberalism is a cancer. It is fascism being sold as progressive thinking by elitists for whom all things counter-culture have become the traditional. It is a knee-jerk contempt for everything that makes this country the envy of the world. Only liberals could believe that importing millions of illegal, low-skill, under-educated people "enriches" America. Only liberals could conclude that "celebrating our differences"--differences which precisely separate Third World nations from First World nations--are "no better or worse" than expecting immigrants to adopt our culture and our values.

Only liberals can lump illegal and legal immigrants into one philosophical package in order to brand those who make the crucial distinction between the two xenophobic bigots.

And only a contemptible media would be such a willing accomplice to such obvious mischaracterizations, misinformation and outright lying perpetrated by the American left. And that's by commission. Here's a statement by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaking to the House Judiciary Committee that's been virtually ignored by the MSM:

"I have not had a chance to, I've glanced at it. I have not read it. .. I have not really, I have not been briefed yet. I've only made, made the comments that I've made on the basis of things that I've been able to glean by reading newspaper accounts, obviously, looking at television, talking to people who are on the review panel, on the review team that are looking at the law. "

To what was Holder referring? The Arizona immigration bill, which is all of ten pages long.

Think Holder's the only one? Of course not. Liberal outrage isn't about informed opinion. It's all about uninformed emotion whipped up by those with an agenda--including an Attorney General who ought to be thoroughly ashamed and embarrassed by his ineptitude and his bias, but most assuredly isn't. The Arizona law feels wrong? That's good enough for liberals.

We'll see how good liberals feel in November.

flo
05-21-2010, 06:29 PM
Great piece of writing, loved it, KR.

County Mike
05-21-2010, 06:39 PM
Very good point.

Suck it liberals!

J.B.
05-21-2010, 07:41 PM
People need to lay off the Suns.

If I was Sarver, I would have just stayed out of the situation entirely, but people also need to look at it from both sides.

The "Los Suns" uniforms were not something Sarver came up with out of the blue. They are part of the "Latin Night" promotion the NBA started a couple years ago. Dallas, Chicago, San Antonio, Miami, New York, and Phoenix all take part in the promotion throughout the season.

The decision to wear the jerseys on Cinco de Mayo was only partially politically motivated. This is about MONEY. Saver knew that by having them wear those jerseys on that day, and with all the controversy, it ultimately generates more revenue in jersey sales.

Also, let's call it like it is, Basketball is a sport that is more popular amongst racial minorities. The US Airways center is right in downtown Phoenix, and it's an area that is HIGHLY populated with Latinos. I have been to many games, and I have been to games that were on "Latin Night". Even on regular nights, that stadium is packed with Latinos.

99% of the Suns fans who disagree with Sarver's, and even star point guard Steve Nash's, political view on the situation, are not going to stop being Suns fans over it, and the ones who do were never fans to begin with. On the other end, it makes the people who agree with Sarver love the Suns even more, and then they buy more tickets and jerseys.

eric84
05-21-2010, 10:32 PM
People need to lay off the Suns.

If I was Sarver, I would have just stayed out of the situation entirely, but people also need to look at it from both sides.

The "Los Suns" uniforms were not something Sarver came up with out of the blue. They are part of the "Latin Night" promotion the NBA started a couple years ago. Dallas, Chicago, San Antonio, Miami, New York, and Phoenix all take part in the promotion throughout the season.

The decision to wear the jerseys on Cinco de Mayo was only partially politically motivated. This is about MONEY. Saver knew that by having them wear those jerseys on that day, and with all the controversy, it ultimately generates more revenue in jersey sales.

Also, let's call it like it is, Basketball is a sport that is more popular amongst racial minorities. The US Airways center is right in downtown Phoenix, and it's an area that is HIGHLY populated with Latinos. I have been to many games, and I have been to games that were on "Latin Night". Even on regular nights, that stadium is packed with Latinos.

99% of the Suns fans who disagree with Sarver's, and even star point guard Steve Nash's, political view on the situation, are not going to stop being Suns fans over it, and the ones who do were never fans to begin with. On the other end, it makes the people who agree with Sarver love the Suns even more, and then they buy more tickets and jerseys.

Whether it was purely political, or that he was willing to offend Patriotic Americans for money, he made a decision that many people don't agree with, and as such, we have the right to bash him :) . Times like this that remind me how much I miss the Colangelo's .

Also you point out that money could be the reason, which is one of the key points the article is talking about. Many people who benefit financially off illegals being here have no problem calling us bigoted or racist, but do you honestly think Sarver would have done this if he thought he would lose money? Still love ya JB!

J.B.
05-21-2010, 10:49 PM
Whether it was purely political, or that he was willing to offend Patriotic Americans for money, he made a decision that many people don't agree with, and as such, we have the right to bash him :) . Times like this that remind me how much I miss the Colangelo's .

Also you point out that money could be the reason, which is one of the key points the article is talking about. Many people who benefit financially off illegals being here have no problem calling us bigoted or racist, but do you honestly think Sarver would have done this if he thought he would lose money? Still love ya JB!

The reason I said people need to lay off the team is because it's OVER now and we are in the thick of a tough playoff series. Does it mean people will drop it? Nope, but in my version of a perfect world everybody would shut up and we would just play basketball. I realize that Sarver ultimately opened the flood-gate, but in my opinion, it's a dead issue. The immigration problems in Arizona and in this country do not ride on the political opinions of the Phoenix Suns front office.

You can bash Sarver all you want, and the first thing I said in my post was that if I were him I would not have gotten involved in the situation, but the point is that it was clearly a play that was geared towards generating hype. The writer of article makes good points, but he's two weeks late in making them. It's over now and the Suns have moved on. Also, why is it that every article I read about this topic NOT written by a sports-writer fails to mention the Latin Night promotion in the NBA? They always come off as if the team just made this up three weeks ago.

What I think is stupid is the small influx of so called Suns fans who said they wouldn't support the team anymore. They are full of crap, or weren't really fans anyway, like most of the transients in this state who have no loyalty to Arizona yet still love to come here for our weather and scenery. I hope they all GTFO right behind the illegals, personally.

Did it offend people? Yeah, that's why he shouldn't have said anything. But ultimately it ended up selling them a lot more "Los Suns" jerseys than it did to lose them any fans.

PS - I miss Jerry Colangelo too. :wink: