Skip to comments.Republican Hatred for Obamacare Undermined by Republican Hatred for Soccer
Posted on 09/12/2013 12:07:55 PM PDT by nickcarraway
D.C. United, a Major League Soccer team, is going to be helping to publicize Obamacare's new exchange. Wait, you may be asking how can this be happening? Earlier this summer, the Obama administration, attempting to copy a Massachusetts campaign to use the Red Sox to publicize Romneycare, floated a plan to enlist the National Football League to raise awareness of the new health care exchanges. In response, Republican leaders sent a threatening letter to the NFL warning it to stay out. And, for good measure, it sent the same letter to all the other major leagues: Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, Professional Golf Association, and NASCAR.
Except (and I certainly didn't notice this at the time) the list of leagues the Republicans threatened does not include Major League Soccer reflecting either the Republicans' failure to realize that Major League Soccer exists, or a principled refusal to recognize soccer as a legitimate sport. I didn't think it was possible to find a way to make Republicans hate soccer more than they already do, but it associating it with Obamacare may just do it.
Why do soccer fans around the word riot? Out of sheer boredom.
That said, MLS is flat, even when they recruit top players. I just watch the US team when they are on.
Guilty as charged! I am a Republican and I hate soccer.
Uhhh. . . Sorry, sir, that's a contradiction in terms. And I like soccer. But this is America, dude. Not that you noticed from your perch in Outer Quichelandia.
But seriously, one has to wonder what story Chait was avoiding having to report by writing some drivel about this?
"use the Red Sox to publicize Romneycare"
Do you get it yet?
The level of play in MLS is miles above where it was, even 10 years ago.
I vote “Meh”
Is that like Honest Democrat?
Gutsy Establishment Republican?
Chait’s simply whining because the USA beat his Mexico team on Tuesday.
I wasn’t aware that Republicans hate soccer, though I suspect they think leftist soccer moms are stupid.
I vote Republican, (see my profile), and I am passionate about football aka soccer. The EPL, Bundesliga, Liga MX, MLS, La Liga, and of course our national teams. Have been for years. Can’t get enough. The loss of Fox Soccer Channel is a real bummer.
Southern Partisan, aka “Mas Futbol”
Soccer requires better conditioning than US football, baseball and basketball.
Hockey and soccer are probably the most demanding sports in the world.
Nothing says excitement like a nil-nil final score.
If the author had cojones..he’d have called it “football” lieke they do everywhere else in the world, instead of soccer but then it would have been very easy to tell that he’s nuts, without having to bother to read a few paragraphs.
Maybe the mid easterners and africans need to adopt hockey!!!
That’ll be the day.
But they want us to accept islam on the same basis...
I was at a bar that had that dull game and the previous week had the fun US women’s 314-0 victory over Mexico. Soccer is for girls because they are the only ones to make it exciting.
My brother played pro soccer and I don’t like it, still.
Chait spells his last name wrong. The C is supposed to be an S and the A is supposed to be dropped.
What a dipstick.
LOL, you may be right. I do think Chait’s simply whining because that’s what he generally does.......
Absolutely cannot stand soccer or tennis. Love rugby, golf, track and real football. Monday night’s win by the Houston Texans over San Diego was doubly sweet as it did silence Chris Burman, albeit very late in the game.
A real genius.
Not enough commercial breaks for you?
Maybe they should keep changing the rules in order to make it easier to score? It would be the NFL thing to do.
Does this Chait guy actually get paid for writing this chit?
Take out the goalies. With the number of balls on net it would spike the scores to 5-4.
Except (and I certainly didn’t notice this at the time) the list of leagues the Republicans threatened does not include Major League Soccer
There is Major League Soccer?
More importantly, who cares...........
Ok, so you don’t watch soccer. That’s perfectly cool with me.
Soccer by itself is merely a game and as such is not objectionable. What is objectionable is its politicization. It is hoped by the leftists that “International Soccer” will replace the purely American sports of Baseball, Football and Basketball thus showing all that we Americans are tolerant, loving, peaceful and are now officially cosmopolitan. We will belong to the world. When soccer replaces the purely American sports of Football, Basketball and Baseball it will be but one more nail in the coffin of American exceptional-ism.
I saw a lot of Gladsden flags proudly flying at the recent US match against Mexico.
I love watching soccer, the beautiful game. Although I like American football, I have a very hard time watching 7 minutes of actual football play, played out in three long hours.
“Hockey and soccer are probably the most demanding sports in the world.”
Is there a “Soccerfights.com” website?
ObamaCare already is, many things.
One that it will become, is *NOT* “single payer.”
Rather, ObamaCare will establish GROUP HEALTH ‘INSURANCE COVERAGE’, setting aside for now, that ObamaCare will never provide EITHER group nor single, health care.
The GROUPS will be, those associations who arrange for special treatment - yes, that will be un-Constitutional, but one of the GROUPS will be the Congress, and another group will be the Judiciary, and another group will be the Executive, and ... so on for other government departments and administrations at both the federal and state levels, plus labor GROUPS, plus politically-correct GROUPS approved by the Race Hustlers, plus some select corporate GROUPS.
That leaves THE OTHER GROUP, in which the rest of us “fall” and will be immersed in a system of amazingly laborious paperwork ... and poverty of BOTH insurance ‘coverage’ AND actual, good health care service.
The other thing that ObamaCare is, that too many people keep missing, is that ObamaCare IS A MEANS TEST.
It is designed - that means testing - to “help” you with acquiring supplemental payments *to* your premium payments.
*BUT* YOU WILL FALL INTO THE TRAP, of having to comply with THE MEANS TEST, *REGARDLESS* of whether or not you seek supplements.
THE PURPOSE OF THE MEANS TEST, is for the government to acquire information about you, in order to pigeon hole ALL of your financial activities *REGARDLESS* of whether or not an actual financial transaction occurs.
The government - ObamaCare - seeks to know every penny you have and where it is.
That is the overall purpose of ObamaCare - to get at all of your assets and the value of them, to be estimated by the government ... agents.
(Gadsden, not gladsden)
Baseball and soccer, for example, started in the U.S. around the same time . . . one became an "international" (you use that term in a derogative fashion, for some reason) and the other did not. Suffice it to say, the reason is not "leftist vs. rightist."
One cannot be an Internationalist and a patriot at the same time, it is a logical contradiction. If one loves ones country beyond all others it is then impossible to love other countries in the same manner. That is the derogatory meaning I assigned to “International.” The soccer movement in the U. S. has largely been leftist. It is not merely economics or business, or “a market!”
I don't care for soccer, playing or watching. But it doesn't mean I hate, I simply just don't care for it.
I do agree MLS is the Bud Light of soccer.
Aaargh! I just checked FSC and got some brainless sitcom. Terrible time to lose FSC, with the EPL season just starting. I guess they figure they can’t compete with College Game Day. Hopefully it’ll come back after the BCS Championship in Jan 2014.
I vote Republican, (see my profile), and I am passionate about football aka soccer. The EPL, Bundesliga, Liga MX, MLS, La Liga, and of course our national teams. Have been for years. Cant get enough. The loss of Fox Soccer Channel is a real bummer.
Southern Partisan, aka Mas Futbol
I am very conservative, very patriotic...but follow soccer. Really been following WC 2014 qualifying on line...especially watching the “Minnows”...real underdogs in sports....big US Natl team supporter....Went to many WC ‘94 matches in USA
Absolutely awesome with Dos y Cero performace the other nite. Mexico seems to be letting everyone leave, including their soccer players! I enjoy watching the USA clobber these Third World narco states
I would probably get kicked out of a USA-Mexico soccer match....the “Thats all right, Thats OK, you’ll be mowing my yard someday” chant would probably make the NAFTAites quite whiny
I never said that one could not like a sport as a sport. All your picture demomstrates is that Ameicans are still patriotic and resent Mexicans booing the American soccer team in America. I did say one cannot be an Internationalist and Patriot at the same time as it is a logical contradiction. That was never addressed. I did say those that are seeking to impose the sport on America are leftists hoping its widespread acceptance will replace any sport of American origin and as such became an integral part of the culture. That was never addressed. Soccer is not the most important assault on America; the most important is the assault on our Christian religious heritage, the assault our individualist economic system,the assault on our Republican form of government and the assault on any belief that America is an exceptional nation.
Precisely your logical failure that I'm addressing: one can cheer for the U.S. national team to perform well on the international stage without falling into the intellectual tarpit that soccer is "leftist," or any other such nonsense.
Furthermore, MLS soccer (of which I am not a fan), is not some leftist conspiracy to take away your belief in God.
I think one of the MAIN differences in soccer, when compared to other teams sports, is the LACK of lots of one-on-one competition during the game. For example:
In baseball, you have pitcher vs. batter.
In football, you have linemen vs linemen and defensive backs vs receivers and ball carrier vs tackler, etc...
In basketball, you have player vs player.
In most MLS soccer games, you have very limited player on player time (it is mostly passing and setting up for passing) - they seem to lay back and wait for a bad pass or a quick opening.
That is why I like international leagues and WC games, you see much more man-on-man pressure challenges and that makes the game more exciting - at least for me. In the other leagues, you see real talent vs talent instead of passing after passing after passing.
I love the Barclay’s Premier League, the MLS is unwatchable.
Nope, EPL is now on NBC Sports Network. 640 on U-Verse and online if your carrier is included.