The Importance Of Football In America

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America loves war, and America loves football. However, these two things are not promoted because of their cause, they are promoted because of their effect. Football is not promoted in America because it is healthy and entertaining, just as war is not promoted in America because it is necessary and just. Instead, football and war are promoted in America because of their effect: they maintain the status quo. Football, especially at the college level, prays on the dreams of poor Americans, while using their skills to profit team owners and college coaches. War,or military spending in general, has been used as a way to promote capitalism, free trade, and American ideal globally, ideas that assist both American corporations and American politicians.…show more content…
Exactly a month earlier, when the same bill passed the senate, Senator Bernie Sanders, one of the eight no votes (votesmart.org), tweeted “Instead of spending another $70 billion on the military, we could be helping millions of students by making public colleges tuition-free” (twitter.com). This is a direct example of the United States Government putting the needs of war before the needs of poor Americans. The extra eighty billion dollars spent on military planes, which are sold to the government at a profit for a company, were determined to be more important for America’s success than providing for free public college to Americans. Not only was this determined by the United States Congress, but it was determined with excessive support. Ninety-two of the sitting one-hundred Senators voted for the law. This is because military spending has always been supported in Congress due to the fear of political attacks. If a Senator voted no no this law because they believed the money could better spent on free college, an advertisement could be ran stating that the Senator in question does not support the military because they voted no on this law. Consequently, politicians in America are in a stranglehold, forced to vote to spend money on things…show more content…
As of now, America is entrenched in the Status Quo, something war and football only contribute to. As of today, all but one NFL owner is white, and all seven of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff are all white men. Consequently, it is easy to see why neither war nor football was been used to truly benefit those in America who need it most. Football makes money for white owers and college football coaches at the expense of poor colored students. The military makes money for American corporations and garners political support for politicians at the expense of American taxpayers and international civilians. If as a country we want to see fair treatment of college athletes, and reasonable military spending and action, change has to begin with the average American, no the rich and powerful Americans. Those who attend universities should make their voices heard about the treatment of athletes, and all voters should make their voices heard by contacting their representatives in Congress. Free college for all Americans only takes two votes, one signature, and the sale of some military jets. What is the
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