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SEN. CHAP PETERSEN on the REDSKINS CONTROVERSY: COMMON SENSE UPDATE: SUPPORT from JONATHAN TURLEY!

I was looking for Senator Petersen’s views on the budget disaster that the governor brought on us Friday.  (He largely agreed with Gov. McAuliffe but for the veto of the judges which gave Petersen pause.  I believe it needs to be overridden promptly)  But I found this at his blog Ox Road South:  A defense of the Redskins name!

Of course, the decision will be appealed and likely reversed as the petitioners presented no actual new evidence to overturn the 2003 opinion.  However, while it’s with us, it’s  interesting to note the political cross-currents.   As with so many recent opinions in the twilight of the Obama era, this one reeked of political correctness, i.e. the Orwellian principal that all viewpoints matter but some matter more than others. – See more at: http://oxroadsouth.com/2014/06/feds-ramp-up-war-against-the-redskins/#sthash.Wt38fSzw.dpuf

 Of course, the decision will be appealed and likely reversed as the petitioners presented no actual new evidence to overturn the 2003 opinion.  However, while it’s with us, it’s  interesting to note the political cross-currents.   As with so many recent opinions in the twilight of the Obama era, this one reeked of political correctness, i.e. the Orwellian principal that all viewpoints matter but some matter more than others.

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I will say that I reached out in February to my U.S. Senators on the subject of the WAR [War Against the Redskins].  In doing so, I specifically asked them whether the Redskins name was the proper subject of Federal  intervention.  After the usual qualifying, I got an actual answer:  no.

Of course, they are free to speak up against today’s unfair, inconsistent and abusive use of Federal power by the PTO.  But that would take courage.

It takes courage for Senator Petersen to write these words. I have admired Chap for a while since he offered to introduce the bill to restore the Appellate Defender’s office.  He was not Sandy’s Favorite Democrat (among office holders) for nothing!

Senator Petersen is a lawyer and I think his view seems sound to me (I read a few pages of the PTO appeals decision and the dissent and I agree) as well as his (surprisingly for a Democrat) attack on political correctness.  And the senator says if you don’t stand with the Redskins, you could be next:

All that matters is achieving the result which validates the grievance.  Is someone offended by your brand name or logo?  Then change it.  (Braves and Indians, you’re coming next).  Did you spend eighty years building that brand into one of the most recognized in the world?  Tough luck.  Some dweeb at the PTO can revoke it at will.

It is refreshing to see a voice of common sense in the other party.  I wish Chap Petersen was in the Governor’s Mansion instead of the one we have now.

A very supportive article was found by Prof. Jonathan Turley that says this:

What is needed is a new law returning these agencies to their core regulatory responsibilities and requiring speech neutrality in enforcement. We do not need faceless federal officials to become arbiters of our social controversies. There are valid objections to the Redskins name, but it is a public controversy that demands a public resolution, not a bureaucratic one.

I couldn’t have said it better!

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood “Sandy” Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia’s first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

2 Responses to “SEN. CHAP PETERSEN on the REDSKINS CONTROVERSY: COMMON SENSE UPDATE: SUPPORT from JONATHAN TURLEY!”

  1. Janine Woods
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    says:

    Amen! While the world is burning down around us, the Obama administration goes after a football team name out of political correctness sake. The overreach and lawlessness of this administration is unAmerican. It is very American to let the FREE MARKETS work. If enough people are outraged and offended, the Redskins don’t make enough money to be worth the bother of keeping the name. However, those who are offended aren’t even patrons anyway. So, why should they even have any say in MY football team’s name? How dare they tell me what MY intent is of the use of the word Redskins?! These people don’t even KNOW the origin of the name/icon. The Washington Redskins, the organization, has NEVER used the word redskins in a derogatory way, shape or form! If people are offended, they can boycott the Redskins in every way. Nobody is FORCING anyone to participate, buy, or even say the Washington Redskins brand at all, PERIOD!

    Most Sincerely,
    Redskins Janine

    • Sandy Sanders
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      says:

      Thanks for coming by, Janine and I mostly agree with you but I might add that this is not an Obama administration initiative although I think the President agrees with changing the name.

      If the name is offensive, the market will deal with it.

      Sandy

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