• One-and-a-Half Cheers: Cuban Changes Course on Anthem … But Then …

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    Surge Summary: Facing ominous backlash, Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban has changed his mind about not playing America’s national anthem before games – the song will once more be a part of opening ceremonies. Sadly, this welcomed move was followed by a milquetoast defense from him of those who insist on dunking on the anthem – and America — anyway.

    by Gary Bauer

    Yesterday we reported that Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team, had decided to ban the national anthem before home games at the American Airlines Center.

    That was an interesting decision on his part.  Presumably, Cuban is fully on board with President Biden’s unity schtick right now.  Nothing says “unity” more than banning the national anthem – the one thing that is meant to bring us all together as Americans.  But the left ruined that years ago.  Thank you, Colin Kaepernick.

    Yet, in a hopeful sign, Cuban’s decision created such a backlash that by the end of the day the NBA felt compelled to intervene.  It issued a statement reiterating its long-standing policy that “all teams will play the national anthem.”

    Given the times we’re in, I’m curious to see how much longer the NBA’s long-standing policy will survive.

    Killing America

    Cuban agreed to follow the NBA’s policy, but only after he reiterated where he really stands (or kneels) on the issue.  Cuban declared:

    “We respect and always have respected the passion people have for the anthem and our country. But we also loudly hear the voices of those who feel that the anthem does not represent them. We feel that their voices need to be respected and heard, because they have not been. 

    “Going forward, our hope is that people will take the same passion they have for this issue and apply the same amount of energy to listen to those who feel differently from them. Only then we can move forward and have courageous conversations that move this country forward and find what unites us.”

    That statement is nonsense!  If loving America doesn’t unite, then nothing else will.

    If Cuban had any respect for those who love the anthem and America, he wouldn’t have banned it.  And it is absurd to suggest that privileged, multi-millionaire athletes are somehow being silenced.

    As for going forward with “courageous conversations,” Cuban must be joking!  Remind me again, exactly where did “cancel culture” come from?  Oh, yes – that would be the intolerant, totalitarian left!

    The left has demonstrated time and again that it has absolutely no tolerance for differing opinions or respect for anyone who disagrees with its radical demands.

    It’s frustrating enough when a refugee, like Ilhan Omar, comes to this country, gets elected to public office and then proceeds to lecture us about what an evil and oppressive nation we are.

    But what can you say about a billionaire who has such wealth and privilege because he was born here?

    While the NBA made the right call this time, it only did so under duress.  The league came down like a ton of brinks against one manager who had the courage to stand for freedom in Hong Kong.

    And like the rest of corporate America, it was all in on radical social justice and left-wing politics.  No doubt that’s why Cuban thought he could get away with banning the national anthem in the first place.

    This would be laughable if it wasn’t so serious.  Our enemies are teaching patriotism and love of country to their children (here and here) while we are teaching our children to hate America.

    In a clear marker of national decline, the Biden White House chose to side with Mark Cuban and the anthem kneelers by once again insisting that “we haven’t lived up to our highest ideals.”  But how does disrespecting our national anthem help to make America great again?

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge

    Originally Posted here.

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    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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