FPR Blog 59: Professional Sports Teams Cashing Our Taxes to Show Support for Wars.

To say war is not pretty is, a cliched understatement. War his pretty horrific.

We think we understand because we see images of war-torn desert cities on television. We may say, “oh my god that’s horrible”. 

Most get angry that these wars are costing us too much money. Others will say, "we need to mind our business and stop being the world’s judge, jury, and executioner". 

And, the rest, the rest say we should wipe everyone out.

None of that is meant. Not even our condolences for fallen soldiers.

It’s not that people inherently don’t care, it’s just they don’t understand and that, even if it’s subconscious, frustrates them.

Well, I’m about to give you a serious reason to be frustrated when it comes to our military. And, if this doesn’t piss you off then I hate to say it, but you’re a victim of the mass media manipulation that has hypnotized us for most of our lives.

If you don’t think you’re being manipulated, mostly because you think corporations and the government don't do that, riddle me this... Why did the pentagon give professional sports team owners $6.8 million dollars to show support for our military during huge stadium sports games?

Oh, and for those of you always upset about the cost of our wars and military incursions, you’ve been paying for your favorite baseball and football team’s support of our military for a few years now.

Yes, the pentagon really does pay sports franchises to show support for the military. 

So, you know when you see a half time show or opening ceremony dedicated to our troops, you paid for that. When the stadiums fans are given signs to hold up in sequence to spell out 'support our military' or 'USA', we pay for that.

Some, if not a lot of our tax money goes to egregious breaches of ethics like this one. But, let's stick to this because this is not only insane, it’s disrespectful to say the least…

The Department of Defense paid at least $6.8 million in taxpayer money to professional sports teams for military tributes over the last few years, according to a new report by U.S. Senators John McCain (R) and Jeff Flake (R), both of Arizona.

The document shows that 72 of the 122 contracts between the Pentagon and pro sports teams issued since fiscal 2012 contained items dubbed “paid patriotism.” These events included enlistment and re-enlistment ceremonies, as well as those emotionally-charged reunions in which a service member surprises his or her family on camera, drawing many tears in the arena.

Overall, the department spent $53 million on marketing and advertising contracts with sports teams since 2012, but that figure also included genuine outreach campaigns like stadium banners and enlistment tents.

Speaking at a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday, November 5, 2015, Flake said that people rightly assume that such events are paid for by the teams themselves, out of the goodness of their hearts. The incidents detailed in the new report “cheapens the whole lot.”

I think it’s pretty disgusting that the NFL, MLB, and the rest do not show support for our soldiers.

Actually, if they didn’t, I wouldn’t be disgusted. I would think that maybe they don’t support the wars and occupations of other countries by our government. But, taking the money to act like they care is what's truly disgusting.

Worse even is that our Government will spend millions of dollars on propaganda, but I have to endure ‘Wounded Warrior’ commercials guilting me into sending money to support our wounded veterans.

The fact that someone had to start an organization to raise money for soldiers because the government “doesn’t” have it is beyond comprehension.

I think the WW project is an amazing organization with a heart the size of a planet, but I would like to see it as something extra that citizens can donate so our soldiers can have more than necessities.

The people don’t want any more war, but it’s a fraction of their life. Like I said before you can’t understand if you can’t relate. Not on this issue anyway.

I can’t speak for the department of defense, but whatever little brain I have left is telling me that this is about getting the masses to not only accept war but actually root for it too.

I think of the lady Justice and her scale standing there holding one side with both hands because paying billion dollar professional sports teams to display a show of support of our military is beyond tipping the scale of what is right and wrong.

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