Matt Towery

Let's make this clear: Barack Obama is not responsible for the Federal Trademark Trial and Appeal Board's decision to cancel certain trademark protections related to the NFL's Washington Redskins, due to the "disparaging" nature of the word 'Redskins.' But is symbolic of a government so off course that it defies belief.

The last five years are quickly becoming the plot to a movie that, just a few years ago, no one would have believed plausible.

We now have a government that targets folks both in taxation and private communications. One that "wags the dog" with the capture of one lone perpetrator of a Benghazi crime, but never admits the crime should have never occurred in the first place. And we have a leader, who until forced to do otherwise, sat by while whole portions of Iraq fell into enemy hands. This stuff has passed from the merely unbelievable to the outright bizarre.

In recent months President Obama has used executive orders and federal bureaucracy to move on all manner of issues. Just this week, as Islamic terrorists were on the move in Iraq committing acts of vicious aggression and violence, the president was addressing the issue of expanding the protected waters of the Pacific Ocean. That came just after an executive order expanding protection against discrimination of federal contractors based on sexual orientation.

There is no sense arguing whether either of these policy moves is of merit. That's not the point. The point is that this White House and now our entire federal bureaucracy seem focused on issues that meet an agenda, while ignoring matters of national and international importance. Indeed, an NBC poll released this past week indicates that Americans have lost faith in President Obama's administration and its ability to accomplish anything of note in its remaining years in office.

Now comes the decision by another offshoot of our federal bureaucracy focusing on the compelling issue of the name of a football team, or at least certain trademarks associated with it. Again, the issue is really not whether the name Redskins might be offensive to Native Americans. I'm sure that's entirely possible. Instead, it is a matter of priority, allocation of resources and overreach by government.

So now, allegedly, an entire football operation, responsible for many jobs and sources of income, should move to abandon its name, change its logo and basically rebrand itself. This as the nation still tries to pull itself out of a never-ending "economic recovery." And presumably this edict would not stop with Washington Redskins, but ultimately would apply to the Atlanta Braves, Florida State Seminoles and who knows what other sports' teams.


Matt Towery

Matt Towery is a former National Republican legislator of the year and author of Powerchicks: How Women Will Dominate America.
 
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