Should politicians stay out of sports? | The Tylt
Vice President Mike Pence left the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts game after players protested during the national anthem. According to President Donald Trump, this walk out was “long planned.” If players' respective leagues can’t properly regulate the sport, politicians have the right to step in, and do something about it. Still, there are bigger concerns than players peacefully protesting—like storm-ravaged territories or white supremacists. What do you think? 🏈
Should politicians stay out of sports?
Vice President Pence's protest is getting scrutinized, but many argue he was right. If the players have the right to protest the national anthem, he has every right to walk out to the protest them. Like Pence, other politicians have used their platform to stand up for what's right; they should continue that defense of American values.
Government officials are always looked at as the bad guys, but they can intervene in situations to save the day. When Major League Baseball was embroiled in a steroid controversy, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held an 11-hour hearing to pressure the league into changing its performance enhancing drug policy. What came out of it was a safer game the public could gain trust in again. Political intervention can help sports.
Pence's protest was preplanned. Logically speaking, he consciously wasted taxpayer money on a protest that could've gone to a more worthy cause—like Puerto Rico, a country that was destroyed by a hurricane. Here is CNN's Rene Marsh with the breakdown:
According to the Air Force, flying a C-32, the model of plane used for Air Force 2, for one hour costs about $30,000. Pence's flight from Las Vegas to Indianapolis Saturday took about three hours and 20 minutes, so it cost about $100,000. Pence then flew from Indianapolis to Los Angeles on Sunday, which took about four hours and 45 minutes, costing about $142,500. The grand total: about $242,500.
Seems like a lot of money coming out of other people's wallets.
Remember when Tom Brady was accused of deflating footballs, and the government thought it was necessary to hold hearings? Seems like a bit of overkill, especially considering the issues the country was facing in 2015. Again, this was because a guy deflated a football; not for killing anyone or defrauding millions of people. The government really needs to get its priorities straight. Leave sports alone until you solve actual problems.