#TakeAKnee Vs. #BoycottNFL Is Vapid Establishment Wedge Politics

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

It baffles me how some people can continue to say that Donald Trump is politically inept and doesn’t understand how Washington works.

He crushed both the Bush and Clinton dynasties on his path to election, he’s got a significant and heavily-armed support base willing to literally fight and die for him if he’s ever impeached, and his ability to use wedge issues to manipulate support puts even David Brock to shame. His political bullshitting IQ is off the charts. He was born for this.

A wedge issue is a heavily politicized topic emphasized with the goal of splitting a sector of the population and rendering them politically impotent. While wedge politics can sometimes be used by political parties to try and sow division within a rival party, in America it’s far more common to see them used to neuter anti-establishment sentiment within both parties simultaneously. Since America is a corporatist oligarchy and both parties are more or less controlled by the same plutocrats, the goal is not to ensure victory of one party or another but to disrupt all anti-establishment sentiment.

Donald Trump does not give a shit about whether or not anyone stands, kneels, sits or urinates on the American flag, and neither do any of his plutocratic allies. What they care about is and always has been power, and by rallying the masses into a debate along establishment-dictated partisan lines, they help ensure that they keep that going. As a result of Trump’s deliberately inflammatory tweets, anti-establishment conservatives who’ve been critical of his healthcare failures and perpetuation of Obama’s corporatist and interventionist policies are standing on his side, angrily shaking their fists at their unpatriotic enemies.

And as always the GOP’s pretend opponents are doing the exact same thing, rallying anti-establishment leftists against Trump’s incendiary remarks and hopefully shepherding them into the partisan box they’re meant to remain in. The Democratic party, who was completely worthless throughout eight years of Obama in fighting the militarized police brutality that Colin Kaepernick and his supporters have been protesting, is now fanatically rallying behind viral hashtags and quotable talking points against the president’s remarks. Don’t take my word for it; let’s hear from a few of our favorite Clintonist pundits:

My goal here is only to point out that manipulation is happening, not to discourage people from protesting the draconian abuses of America’s increasingly militarized police force. Please do protest these things loudly and aggressively?—?but don’t do it because of Trump. Making it about Trump means entering into the same establishment partisan bullshit that saw this epidemic go completely unaddressed throughout Obama’s two terms and aligning yourself with the neoliberal neoconservative oligarchic one-party system. You might be saying some of the same things as the Democratic establishment loyalists, but please be acutely aware at all times that these people are not your friends, and they will not help you.

Just as Trump doesn’t actually give a shit about the flag, establishment Democrats don’t actually give a shit about black lives. For decades the Democratic party has been using the fake two-party system to blackmail minorities into supporting a party that acts completely contrary to their socioeconomic interests under the threat that Republicans will be even worse. Republicans and Democrats have been playing a good cop/bad cop routine to coerce America’s most disadvantaged populations into supporting the bloodthirsty plutocratic establishment under the threat that if they don’t they will have their civil rights taken away. Make no mistake: the “good cop” in this schtick has been just as complicit in this exploitation as the “bad cop”. They’ve both been working together toward the same exact goal.

Don’t be a partisan hack. None of the people controlling either of America’s two major parties have ever cared about you. They use wedge politics to keep you fighting one another about nonsense like how much respect should be accorded to a fucking piece of cloth while expanding the police state, expanding the military budget of their neoconservative war campaigns, bolstering the oppressive neoliberal Walmart economy that is choking America to death, and expanding their Orwellian surveillance system. The more they can rally you along partisan lines against a fake enemy they’ve manufactured themselves, the longer they can keep you from turning and facing the real enemy.


Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Cautiously Pessimistic's picture

Ratings decline will accelerate from here.  Going to be fun to watch the NFL crash and burn like ESPN and CNN.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Be very wary of the, "choices," that you are, "given."


In politics and sociology, divide and rule (or divide and conquer) is gaining and maintaining power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into pieces that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy. The concept refers to a strategy that breaks up existing power structures and prevents smaller power groups from linking up.



YUNOSELL's picture

It's not like there are so many more important things the POTUS and leader of the free world could be spending his time and productive energy on

Billy the Poet's picture

Then make your stump speech and if enough people vote for you then you can be president some day like Trump is today.

Dr. Engali's picture

It’s one big club, and you ain’t in it.

~ The late great George Carlin

Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture

The people who think race isn't a factor in all of this are part of the establishment.

Standing for the flag wasn't an issue until now. Why? I assure you the MIC and police state were a thing before Trump.

Paul Kersey's picture

"Let's, for argument's sake, say that the protester had been Tom Brady, rather than Colin Kaepernick.

Brady: "I am protesting for the white working man.

"I am protesting against the Federal Reserve Bank and its fiat ponzi money policy that has allowed the banksters to steal the working man's jobs, salaries, pensions and the futures of his children."

"I am protesting against the military-industrial-complex that, while making trillions of dollars in war profits, is turning our soldiers into mercenaries for Israel, in its quest to keep the Middle East in a state of destabilization in order to keep the Arabs from uniting against the Israeli occupying forces."

"I am protesting against the LBO money changers who have leveraged up our industrial base, and have stuffed the borrowed money into offshore bank accounts, while sending our factory jobs to third world countries. Until the American Dream is restored to the white working man, I will not be saluting the flag.of the country that has turned its back on him."

Would the black NFL athletes support this protest? Would the ZH commenters come down on Brady the way they have come down on Kaepernick?

Shitonya Serfs's picture

Or, if the Protest had included an argument against fans being groped upon entering the Stadiums to watch this garbage, I might be able to agree with these turds.

So, if the Owners, Coaches, Athletes, and Celebs are preaching these Protests as exercising the Protestors' First Amendment right...do these same people support my/our Forth Amendment rights or not being searched/frisked/groped while entering the Stadium??? Didn't think so.

BullyBearish's picture

if you allow yourself to REALLY, REALLY care about this $hit...you are owned

tmosley's picture

>We need to tolerate cultural Marxism!

The author needs to be given a free helicopter ride.

slightlyskeptical's picture

The point is that protesting is a right. Everyone is free to protest the kneellers however they see fit. But taking away their right to protest is the  most unAmerican thing about this whole subject. Rights do not come and go because you happen to disgree on the position some protester is taking. You should all be ashamed of yourselves.


novictim's picture

Oh, look!  Another "skeptic"!  Today's Skeptics = Post Modernist Douche Bags who stand for nothing except Rights minus Responsibility. 

Yes, slightlyskeptical, it is important to allow these pampered millionaires the right to free expression.  But it is our right to recognize the dangerous threat they pose.  We are not just in a culture war. We are in a real war with Islam and  about to enter a War with N. Korea and China.  We literally cannot afford to have  these dead-weight Cultural Marxists and their crap NFL players dumping on the nation at this time of imminent conflict.

Shitonya Serfs's picture

Conservative people have to follow the rules, Libs/Anarchists don't.

That's the flaw in the system.

Scanderbeg's picture
7 12:09 PM

Bullshit. Anybody engaging in political speech can be fired for it in the workplace. It is NOT protected. Just ask James Damore.

The NFL refused to allow the cowboys to honor slain police officers and fines every little thing yet we're told we have to put up with a bunch of spoiled crybabies disrespecting the flag because of "free speech".

Yes, they can do whatever they want but the NFL is a business. So we don't have to pay for this garbage and we simply won't. We're paying to watch football not SJW faggotry.

And BTW the issue they're supposedly protesting is complete bullshit. Blacks killed by whites is less than 1% of all homicides. Meanwhile Dindus account for half of all homicides nationally at only 12% of the population. They are killed by police more often because they commit exponentially more violent crimes. And it is far more likely for whites to be victims of crimes by blacks than vice versa. And you don't see us blaming every Spear Chucker when they inevitably do. Just yesterday some Nig Nog from Sudan shot up a church in Nashville.

So fuck them and fuck every faggot SJW or Libercuck trying to defend this trash.


skeeterpi's picture

They have a right to protest, but a baker is forced to make a cake for something he doesn't believe in.



chunga's picture

It's remarkable how effective Trump's trolling with this issue has been. He just threw the bait overboard and the fish are really biting.


Hugh_Jorgan's picture

No, he's using the arm of the POTUS as chum for the brain-dead lib zombies. The guy doesn't know where or how to focus his energy so his agenda moves forward. Instead he's like a dog with a bone as he vents his frustrations at these ignorant pinheads and doesn't know when to stop. #Take a knee is being transformed into an anti-Trump movement and he is helping make it happen.

The_Juggernaut's picture

It's great that they're sacrificing the gladiators they used so long to sell bullshit to the people.  Both sides are fucked in the head, but the demise of the NFL (and hopefully NBA and MLB as well) is the real prize in this.

greenskeeper carl's picture

That's kinda where I'm at. These people are taking a knee over an easily disprovable issue. Blacks are killed well below the rate at which they commit violent crimes. It's surprising more of them aren't shot. Their entire premise is bullshit. Give them what they want, they will complain about nothing. Attempting to teach these people how to act in a polite society is pointless Now, if they wanted to protest something like you mentioned, or maybe ask why the fuck are we still in Afghanistan after 16 years, spending money and losing people guarding the opium crop, I wouldn't say a word. I, too, tire of the 'my country, right or wrong' crowd. There are plenty of reasons to protest the way things are in this country. They also start turning people who have been getting increasingly weary of police and govt agencies back to their side with their nonsense. The police state couldn't ask for a better ally than BLM and these protestors.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

"Would the black NFL athletes support this protest? Would the ZH commenters come down on Brady the way they have come down on Kaepernick?"

And if the Queen had balls, would she be the King?

Tom Brady can definitely be blamed for not standing up for the working white man, but if he did, he'd have the common sense to not abuse his workplace, his employer, and his fellow employees, by staging stupid publicity stunts that insult the rest of the nation while he's on the job.

The nogs...not so much.

Paul Kersey's picture

"And if the Queen had balls, would she be the King?"

Well, the Queen (Hillary) has a pair of hairy balls larger than her husband's, and she never became the King.

Bay of Pigs's picture

No. And I doubt athletes would have a clue on these issues, like most Americans.

That's also explains why the players have agents to represent them.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ Dr.,

"Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”
- Geroge Carlin

dasein211's picture

Divide and conquer. They love having us on our knees.

Billy the Poet's picture

I'd rather see folks stand in respect of their fellow Americans instead of showing support for a terrorist organization which has murdered people in cold blood simply for being white.


PS -- Are the down votes from those who want to join BLM in killing white people or from white people who want to be killed by BLM?


Juggernaut x2's picture

Hopefully that guy was taken to Dachau Happy Work Camp

hedgeless_horseman's picture



He had run afoul of the Nazi Party over his unlawful relationship with Irma Eckler, a Jewish woman. He was later imprisoned and eventually drafted into penal military service, where he was killed in action; Eckler was sent to a concentration camp where it is presumed she was killed.



Gaius Frakkin' Baltar's picture


The victors write history.

Everyone knows the media is a bunch of liars. Apparently (((they))) converted from saints to sinners sometime between the end of WWII and now but I've never seen convincing evidence when exactly that ocurred.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Yeah it's funny. The overwhelming majority of Germans were thrilled with all the positive reforms Hitler made, which completely turned a devastated country around in just a few short years. Of course, the Germans couldn't be allowed to defy (((international finance))) and (((cultural degeneracy))) so they had to be destroyed. Now we live in a time when some fucking lone malcontent is celebrated as a hero, because he couldn't keep from sticking his cock inside a jewess.

Snarkie's picture

America is now the Fourth Reich.

Ghost of PartysOver's picture

Just somthing to think about. Is it politicians that have created the "Great Divide" or are the roots of this to be found on the college campus.  Saul Alinsky ring a bell?  Professor bias ring a bell?

Billy the Poet's picture

It's a muti-generational plan to sap the will of the American people and humanity in general. See: Fabians, David Rockerfeller, Trokyites, Neocons, Clinton Foundation, Pope Francis, etc.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Theodor Herzl and the First Zionist Conference, 1898. This shit goes waaaay back. Draw a line from there to 1948 and see where it takes you.

JRobby's picture

So Caitlin Johnstone can see into Trump's mind and heart and see his true patriotic leanings.

Boy, is she in the wrong line of work.

curbjob's picture

This is the modern day equivalent of Nero's fiddle ... 

or the deck band on the Titanic.

Get out there and do whatever makes you happy, because we surely are in the last days of cuckooland . 

BobbyRay's picture

YUNOSELL: YES, as well as milliions of people who waste hours following sports.

ejmoosa's picture

Same with the NFL teams....

Despite all the salaries and fancy stadiums, 50% of the teams lose every week.

JRobby's picture

It's the 2 party political system model. Distraction, distraction, distraction while the owners rob the treasury. But an ultimate "winner" is selected every February!

The league and team owners keep on winning, for now.

The TV $$$$$ is going away, watch the rats scurry.

Billy the Poet's picture

I was already divided from those with the anti-human agenda promoted by the media.

The_Dude's picture

There was an asshole that claimed that religion was the opiate of the masses...he obviously didn't get to consider modern day sports before making that statement.

Ajax-1's picture

You are very insightful. +100

3LockBox's picture

The NFL is the establishment,

Billy the Poet's picture

Telling celebrities and corporate media that we don't want bigotry and transsexualism shoved in our faces is a good thing. That's what media programming has become, one long, Satanic half time show and we're sick of it.

E.F. Mutton's picture

Speaking of:


AIDS-infected tranny flashes his junk on TV, and the author fawns over how "courageous" and "tastefully done" it was. 

Akzed's picture

Baphomet is both male and female. That's all this is about, pagan idol promotion - in this instance and all the other "transgender" garbage out there. It's barely-cloaked satanism.

detached.amusement's picture

"Angels" are androgynous as well.  Yhvh's greatest trick was convincing half or more of the world that "he" created it.  But let's nevermind the jewish thoughtform and focus on what the jewish owned media wants to say about their "demons."

One man's god is often another man's devil.

What's mossad's motto, again?

Opiates for the masses, indeed - and concurrently, flavors for the egregore to gorge itself upon.  Quite a trick, indeed.

chunga's picture

Don't tell me you're getting caught up in the circus Billy. This happened yesterday while everyone was busy either furling or burning their flags.

Very dangerous escalation in Syria


By now many of you must have heard the news: a Russian Lieutenant-General, Valery Asapov, and two Colonels have been killed in what appears to be a very precisely targeted mortar attack.  Just as in the case of the Russian military police unit recently attacked near Deir ez-Zor, the Russians are accusing the Americans of being behind this attack.  To make things even worse, the Russians are now also officially accusing the Americans of actively collaborating with ISIS: