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How Trump and America Made the NFL Bend the Knee

For as long as I can remember, Republicans have been on defense.

We never seem to be able to own the national conversation on anything. "He didn't mean binders of actual women! Abortion is not health care! There's no such thing as an assault rifle!" None of it ever works out in our favor. The minute the Left decides on a pet issue, they pounce with terrible ferocity and anyone who gets in their way gets slaughtered.

With the "drive-by" media on their side, there was no way for any conservative to fight back against the narrative of the Left. As defined by Rush Limbaugh, the "drive-by" media comes to the scene of some event, blows it up, angers everyone, then moves on -- leaving destruction and ruined lives in its wake.

But President Trump flipped that playbook on its head -- with 140 characters or less. The Left has lost its ability to control the narrative, and they are reeling. Limbaugh expertly described the chaos plaguing the media in a recent monologue:

The Drive-Bys and their agents on the Left are used to getting their way. They get to write the narrative of the story; they get to decide who gets punished. They get to decide who gets harmed -- and then they’re done, on the road, down to the next event to cause the same type of thing.

Trump is keeping them at the scene of the crime. Trump is not letting them define things. For example, Donald Trump is not going to let the Colin Kaepernick-inspired anthem inspired protest go until he’s good and ready to let them go.

And because Trump is not done with them, there is a better chance of a long-term resolution to this rather than a continued deterioration. Because Trump stays on it. Because Trump doesn’t let go and doesn’t let others up for air.

The league is going to be forced to do the right thing and deal with this and shut it down so people can return free and able to watch a football game without being preached to by a bunch of radicals.

Just two weeks ago, it looked like the NFL would doggedly refuse to honor our flag and respect its customers. The media obediently jumped in and enraged everyone -- as usual -- by spreading falsehoods. Like pretending "hands up, don't shoot" was real, and that black people are under assault by police in America, and that the protests were against Donald Trump himself instead of what we all knew they were about -- our flag and America herself. They screeched about First Amendment rights, ignoring the fact that private companies do not have to honor free speech among employees. They carried the water for activists who hate football and want to see another great American institution destroyed.