In politics and football, America needs to stand united

America’s second Civil War is in full bloom.

The president’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, recently went out to dine at the Red Hen restaurant in Virginia with seven family members and was asked to leave because she worked for POTUS.

This incident created fallout on the Red Hen’s Yelp page, where comments were so bad by Trump supporters, the page was shut down. The restaurant also physically shut down for two weeks after the incident and just recently reopened.

The immigration crisis is in dire need of repair; however, all anybody wants to do is point fingers at one another and not work to fix anything.

Politics has become like a playoff football game, where if your team doesn’t win, it seems like Armageddon and the end of the world.

I have friends who, if their team doesn’t win the game, they can’t even go out to a planned dinner, instead they stay home and sulk. Others will curse and wish death and injury on opposing quarterbacks, calling opposing teams every four-letter word in the book.

I have a favorite team and of course I always hope my team wins, however I am an NFL fan and can appreciate a great play even by the opposition.

Why is it in politics that if our president does something great that the opposition can’t appreciate it for the good of the country? Just because he did something you didn’t like in the past doesn’t mean you have to hate on him for everything.

I am one of the few people that voted for both Obama and Trump. Respect the office of the presidency! If you don’t like who is president there is always another election. I have always respected the president even when my candidate was not elected. Politics has turned into a heated, hated football match where people believe there team is playing for a trophy and blood.

My musician friend in Alaska, “Hobo Jim” (James Varsos) said it best in a recent post:

“I have many friends who are master entertainers on both sides of the spectrum. Some of them have chosen to be activists in their music and I respect them highly for that; however, don’t expect that of me. I’m here to entertain everyone of all sides. Those who wish to take a little break from all troubles they face every day. We are one great nation. We need desperately to find common ground. Please don’t post this political stuff on my FB. I want to be the one you can come to and hear music. Those of you that are fighting for your cause, great. I hope you find it worth losing friends, family and those that have held you dear. I don’t want political replies, I just want to sing!”

It’s time America stands united, no matter what side of the aisle you’re on. Otherwise, if we don’t stop this hate, there won’t be a United States much longer.

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James “Kimo” Rosen is a resident of Kapaa.

10 Comments
  1. Just Saying July 23, 2018 3:51 am Reply

    Well Jim, you’ve left your president’s behavior completely out of the equation. You’ve set up this straw man scenario whereby people of the opposition have, independent of reason or stimulus, decided to hate the one representing the opposition and wouldn’t (I don’t mean “would”) it make America great again if they could stand up for unity and give the man a little respect like you once did for one you didn’t vote for. I’m gonna guess that was Bush Jr, if not, just substitute another name…it will still work:

    Jim, did Bush Jr. taunt you, or those who represent your political perspective, in writing or verbally on a near daily basis for close to three years? Jim, did Bush Jr. call you or your reps names on a near daily basis for close to three years? Jim, did Bush Jr. get a rally of thousands to boo, or sneer, or yell hateful things about you or your reps on a frequent basis for close to three years? Did Bush Jr. say vile or vulgar things about people you care deeply about, based on their race or gender, on a frequent basis for close to three years? Jim, did Bush Jr. reverse policies you spent years supporting and then imply to a rally of thousands that “Yes, it was for spite and look how worked up they are!”

    I’m just getting started, Jim! We haven’t even gotten close to last week’s performance! I abhor Putin. I view him as a sworn enemy; for many very good reasons. I refuse to respect him or his cronies (your guy sure looks like a crony, Jim!). It would take several pages to reach my question for last week (“Are you Putin me on, Jim?”); but I hope you have gotten my point, which is: Your guy bears a great deal of responsibility for how people feel about him! It is disingenuous to leave him out of that discussion as well as the stupendous rationales you must be having to formulate in order to continue your support!


  2. Carrie Eckert July 23, 2018 6:14 am Reply

    I agree Jim. But the left has become like Tasmanian Devils. They have spun themselves into a frenzy. They continually spew their vitrol. They are so full of hate is it scary. It seems they cannot rationally view anything that the President does. They say Trump started it. I say the left cry babies started it as soon as crooked Hilary didn’t win. They believe the mainstream propaganda like lemmings. If some of these people lived in another country, They would see that other countries protect their citizens like Trump is trying to protect us. Immigration in some European countries has been so lax, that the host country is loosing it’s identity. This immigrants have not invaded by the usually war tactics, but by changing the neighborhoods and asserting the rights they had in their home country into the host country. Same with the war on drugs. We need to protect our borders.


    1. Retired Teacher July 23, 2018 1:20 pm Reply

      This comment is so “FOX and Friends” in it’s content that it reminds me of all the book reports I read by people who never opened the book and read it for themselves!


      1. some guy July 25, 2018 3:45 pm Reply

        lets ask what happened to native hawaiians and “unchecked immigration”


  3. james July 23, 2018 7:16 am Reply

    I’m old enough to remember the Viet Nam war era, Watergate, and the turmoil in America. We had administrations that were corrupt and out of touch with it’s citizens. Without protest, intense scrutiny from the press, and, what you would consider bad manners, Nixon would not have resigned and the Viet Nam war would still be going on, similar to Afghanistan today. Americans are not the type of folks to let criminal behavior by their leaders go unchallenged, as we have seen in earlier decades. We now have a President who demonizes the free press, cozies up to our enemy and lashes out at everyone who disagrees with him. His supporters do the same. You tell me; should we just sit still and be quiet while our cherished country is destroyed, while our system of Democracy is dismantled? No, we stand up, protest, and force a change like we have done in the past for the good of America.


  4. kauaiboy July 23, 2018 11:13 am Reply

    OMG! You would equate the leadership of our country to football. First off, most Americans, contrary to your implication, do not watch or enjoy football. Those rabid fans you refer to mostly all object to players expressing their opinions by kneeling when our national anthem is played, and I’d be willing to bet that most of them revere and voted for Trump.

    You ask why is it in politics that if our president does something great that the opposition can’t appreciate it for the good of the country? Please be so kind as to mention 5 things that you think Trump has done which you considered great? I’d be happy to retort with 100 or more things that he has done poorly or which have damaged our nation. I’ll also had you a list of over 100 lies which have come out of Trump’s mouth.

    One cannot honestly respect the office of the President when it is filled with Trump and his distortions, lies, and dishonesty. He may have you fooled, or you may simply believe that he is just what our country needs, but those of us who value critical thinking over bombastic behavior believe otherwise.

    I’ll bet you agreed with, or at least tolerated, President Bush in his determination to invade Iraq when there was no evidence of weapons of mass destruction, Unfortunately, cooler heads did not prevail and we went to war. Look where that got us: hundreds, if not thousands of US soldiers dead, tens of thousands of Iraqis dead, and the rise of Islamic militancy and ISIS. Meanwhile, Bush did nothing to address that the WTC bombers were primarily Saudi Arabian.

    My advice to you is to question authority and to support the investigation of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election. Further, when collusion by Trump or his team is proved, I expect you to support the impeachment of this deluded man-child we must now call our President.


  5. Taco July 23, 2018 4:48 pm Reply

    Comparing football to politics is outright insulting to the American people.

    Football is a game; the consequences of football are maybe a bad mood for a day or two. Politics is real life; the consequences for political action can literally be life and death. The notion that you can’t differentiate between losing a football game and the gravity of trying to deprive millions of our most vulnerable citizens the right to healthcare is concerning. I can get over a loss by my football team with minimal sulking; I most definitely cannot get over ripping children away from their parents.

    The growing vitriol isn’t against ‘Republicans’; it’s against people who support the Trump administration. Supporting the current administration is supporting attacks on education, healthcare, the environment and most of all: basic human decency. You can’t actively attack women, minorities and the poor and then cry “we need to be united.” It’s like punching someone in the face and getting upset when they punch you back – it’s self defense.

    Voting for Trump is fine, still supporting Trump after two years of this administration is, however, inexcusable. Anyone that still supports and defends Trump at this point should be publicly shamed and I applaud those with the courage to shame them.

    If you want to publicly shame me for supporting basic human rights and decency, I’ll happily bare that cross – apparently Trump supporters are having trouble baring their cross though… supporting such a despicable human being must be a heavy burden to bare.


  6. I saw a Vampire once July 23, 2018 5:06 pm Reply

    Common ground on politics, not football. Seriously, economics. What is the interest rates? 15.6% APR. Yield. We need better candidates.


  7. George July 24, 2018 8:44 am Reply

    ob·tuse

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    annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand.


  8. Ted Mack July 25, 2018 8:45 am Reply

    You want this hate to stop, you tell your beloved president, who used it to get elected and continues to foster it every day in his hateful tweets and actions, to stop.


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