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Friday, June 27, 2014

The Most Un-American of All

(Guest post this morning--Piet Westerbeek IV)

I want to thank my father-in-law for letting me be a guest writer on his blog. As you may read, we differ politically, but he is my dad and I respect his beliefs whether we agree or not. That being said, I am about as conservative as they come--which is a miracle since I was born and raised in Southern California. Because of this, I have a pretty good idea of what it feels like for Democrats to live here in conservative Northwest Iowa.

It’s sad really what politics has become--pure hate in many cases. I see so much venom coming from either side of the fence, and it makes me sad and nervous about what kind of nation my children will inherit. My wife will not even voice an opinion on anything she perceives as being political since she is so scared she will hurt people she loves because they reside on such opposite sides of the spectrum.

I recently read this article by Ann Coulter--her latest brain fart. 

This one made me angry. Really angry. I love soccer, so let’s get that understood from the get go. In the article she claims that she has held her tongue for a decade on soccer as not to offend anyone. Ha… Ann Coulter does not keep her mouth shut long enough to breathe through her nose…. But I digress.

The main part of the article, as you will see, is her trying to show that there is an increase in moral decay as/when soccer becomes more popular in the states. When I read that, my jaw dropped to the floor. It really shouldn’t have, because, again, I was reading something by Ann Coulter….. again, I digress.

Here is a quote from the article:

I’ve held off on writing about soccer for a decade -- or about the length of the average soccer game -- so as not to offend anyone. But enough is enough. Any growing interest in soccer can only be a sign of the nation's moral decay.
Individual achievement is not a big factor in soccer. In a real sport, players fumble passes, throw bricks and drop fly balls -- all in front of a crowd. When baseball players strike out, they're standing alone at the plate. But there's also individual glory in home runs, touchdowns and slam-dunks.”
Keep reading--it gets better……
In soccer, the blame is dispersed and almost no one scores anyway. There are no heroes, no losers, no accountability, and no child's fragile self-esteem is bruised. There's a reason perpetually alarmed women are called "soccer moms," not "football moms.
The rest of the article basically makes stupid points that soccer is an outside influence and that no real American (she insinuates that you are only a true American if your great-grandparents were born here) enjoys or follows soccer for the reasons she listed above. It is one of the biggest pieces of garbage that I have read in my lifetime.

Again, as a conservative I am sure that I share many similar ideas in politics as Miss Coulter. What I cannot stand is the pure hate and ignorance that this article exudes. She is somehow trying to use soccer as a political Trojan horse. She talks about the game and then out spouts the political hatred. 

 Don’t believe me? Here is another quote from Ann: 
I resent the force-fed aspect of soccer. The same people trying to push soccer on Americans are the ones demanding that we love HBO's "Girls," light-rail, Beyonce, and Hillary Clinton. The number of New York Times articles claiming soccer is "catching on" is exceeded only by the ones pretending women's basketball is fascinating.
Uh, what? Is she using drugs? That is the only way I can explain her course of thinking.

Soccer (football) has had an amazing effect on society for exactly the reason Coulter is complaining about it. Soccer teaches team work. It teaches that society is not an individual, it is a tribe. We win together, we lose together. God created us to be social and to work together for the common good for his glory. Coulter, who is a self-proclaimed Christian, should really know better. She should understand that a game that teaches unity, teamwork, and does not stand for just the individual is as American as apple pie and has roots in God’s teachings.

Anne and I may have some of the same political views, but I call out trash no matter where it comes from. This article is trash and about as Un-American as they come. 

 I would go on, but I have a soccer game to watch with my son.


Anonymous said...

Coulter hates the left and abhors immigration. Hence, her diatribe on soccer. Coulter’s inexplicable hatred of the Other is one reason why we should Never Trust Ann Coulter - at ANY Age, a new book available at

Anonymous said...

Your response oozes hatred of her and some who espouse her views.
At least she wrote about word cup soccer, probably tongue in cheek.

And really how many hours are you watching the World Cup, unless you are retired or record the games, seems like most of them are on day time tv. Maybe they are good for bars and the beer drinking crowd, and they are not thinking of politics as they watch the game!

Anonymous said...

I agree that Coulter is a bit tongue-in-cheek here, though she should have kept her comments to herself. She loves controversy, therefore I don't appreciate her. She got you going, didn't she. Maybe you both need to take a chill pill. Life is too short to get that bent. I'm smiling Piet, and definitely on your right, by the way.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to your father-in-law for letting you 'have your day.' I for one don't mind soccer. Both our kids played all their school yrs. But here's something to consider. We had some friends from France visit us while the kids were in high school. They were totally aghast when they found out that we let our kids play soccer. Here comes different cultures into play. In Europe, soccer is considered a 'hooligan' sport. Those of lower class watch soccer, hence you see a lot of bad behavior after some games. I thought all of this was quite interesting to say the least. Maybe that's what Ann was trying to say. Who knows? But I am rooting for the Netherlands in the WC anyway.

Anonymous said...

I thought Ann's article was horrible too. I love soccer and couldn't disagree more with her. I also tend to be conservative. In many countries, only the elite can join the teams, that are not tied to schools you attend. You have to pay to play there, so the poor, only play in the streets with friends. France a more socialistic country probably pays them to play, though I am just guessing. So, in many countries south of our border, it is the elite who are on the teams not the gangsters. We often see the world just through the lens of our little world around us. The more I hear about politics, the less I trust either side. I think they have the same goal, they just juggle whose turn it is to appear to be in power.

Anonymous said...

Here goes...

Hello Peter, [my Dutch is bad]

1. Ann Coulter sells books. She must be selling books or she would not be in business. So don't knock capitalism. Your father-in-law would drool if he sold as many books as Ann.

2. Soccer is okay, for me it is like watching nails rust. It is hard to stay awake. I like the highlights on ESPN. I get only the excitement.

3. How dare they call soccer football. I have been a Packer fan all my life. SOCCER IS NOT FOOTBALL!

4. It seems to me that you may have executed one to many "headers". Do not pick on a fellow conservative.

5. Soccer is one sport where you can lose a match and still make it to the finals. Lefties love that! Why play the match or keep score?

Peter, better thank your father-in-law for giving you his pulpit. My advice... stick to your day job. LOL

Anonymous said...

Hey Piet:
You bought into a BIG con job.

Here you are carrying water for a liberal by writing a piece that slams a fellow conservative.

You go sucker punched...

Anonymous said...

The low lifes of other countries are the ones that support their teams. AND if they lose, look out. Case in pt., the ref that was butchered right on the field for a 'bad call.' 1/4ed on the field. Who in their right mind does things like this? Yes, the players are elite, but the fans ARE NOT!

Anonymous said...

Would you be so offended as to write a blog post about her other rants, like ones that offend specific minorities? Or just the one that offends you? Of all the things she's probably said, you defend "soccer"?!