June 20, 2014

Bret Favre encourages Mississipi voters to stand with Thad Cochran; liberty will fight back

He does so in a 30-second commercial, paid for by the Chamber of Commerce — which, along with the GOP establishment, seems intent on trying to defeat the Republican base and thwart the will of the Republican voters in Mississippi.

Quid pro quo?

Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle:

NFL legend Brett Favre has endorsed the re-election of Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), cutting a television ad for the six-term incumbent days ahead of a runoff election against Tea Party-backed state senator Chris McDaniel.

“I’ve learned through football that strong leadership makes the difference between winning and losing. And when it comes to our state’s future, trust me: Mississippi can win — and win big with Thad Cochran as our strong voice in Washington,” Favre says in the ad. “Thad Cochran always delivers, just like he did during Katrina.”

But a drunk-driving accident involving Favre’s brother and the death of one of their friends raises questions about whether the unusual endorsement is political payback to former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, who is strongly backing Cochran.

In 1996, Favre’s brother Scott Favre was driving drunk on his way home and stopped on railroad tracks. A 49-car freight train crashed into the vehicle, and Brett’s close friend Mark Haverty, a passenger in the car, was killed. Police determined Scott Favre had a .23 blood alcohol content level—more than twice the legal limit. Shortly thereafter, Scott Favre was convicted of vehicular manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Fourteen years were suspended, with one year of house arrest.

“This was a mistake between two buddies. I mean, there’s nothing good about drinking and driving, but who hasn’t done it?” Brett Favre said of the incident in an interview with Playboy Magazine in 1997. “They were unlucky. It could just as easily have been Scott who was killed. If I had been home that night it could have been me.”

In May 1997, Scott Favre was arrested again for driving without a license while he was on his way to help his dad fix a fishing boat. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison for that episode—and ended up only serving 67 days in prison after courts determined later he was wrongfully jailed.

Favre, who had won the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots earlier that year, told Playboy he would literally give up his Super Bowl ring to trade places with his brother in that jail cell.

“Here I am in my fairy-tale world playing football while Scott sits in prison, and I have done more bad things than he’s ever dreamed of,” he told Playboy. “I would give up my ring in a heartbeat to trade places with my brother.”

In 2012, on his last day in office, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour pardoned Scott Favre—clearing his record entirely.

Now Brett Favre is endorsing Cochran at the last minute in the runoff campaign while Barbour’s political machine works overtime to help Cochran win.

After publication of this article, Barbour emailed Breitbart News saying he had nothing to do with the Favre endorsement and argued there is someone “pushing” this story.

Barbour denies having anything to do with Favre’s endorsement.  And yet, here’s a mostly-apolitical former QB suddenly trying to sway an election, a sports personality whose brother was pardoned by Haley Barbour, a lobbyist and former Mississippi governor who believes he, the Chamber, and the GOP establishment control that seat, and so are working overtime to defeat the man who won the Republican primary, even if it means (illegally) enlisting the aid of Democrats.  The plan being for Cochran to step down mid-term and be replaced by a hand-picked Chamber booster.

Additionally, John McCain is set to go to Mississippi and campaign for Cochran — making it abundantly clear (as if it weren’t already) that the GOP Senate leadership doesn’t want the wishes of the Republican primary voters respected.

I think if McDaniel loses, the GOP is — finally — over.  The ascension of McCarthy and Scalise as leaders in the GOP House leadership makes it quite clear that the GOP is owned, fully and completely, by corporatists — and that they will do nothing to stop an Obama executive push for amnesty, just as they won’t do a thing to repeal ObamaCare.  They believe we can do nothing to stop them, so they don’t worry themselves about the kinds of elections that depose a sitting House Majority leader in a primary.  They simply promote the next establishment cog to replace him.

Favre, I’m assuming, was asked to “help out a friend” by cutting this spot, and in so doing, he is aiding in the cheapening of our political process and the weakening of our country, so he can go eat a bag of dicks, for all I care; more egregiously, however, the GOP leadership is looking to tell the base to sod off — daring us to let Democrats win rather than vote for them, the lesser of two evils, as they see it.   Only that’s no longer the case.

In fact, I’d argue that they are seriously misreading the political pulse in this country — at least among those most engaged in politics.  Because we know who the left is, and have no illusions about who they are and what they’ll do.  Making the greater of the two evils those who fund-raise off of a phony adversarial stance, but who in essence are progressives who wear an R after their name and are complicit in the move ever leftward.

Bottom line:  a Cochran victory means the end to the Republican Party as a viable means of challenging Democrats / progressivism.  And more and more people will be awakened to the fact that they are not being represented — a situation I don’t think they’ll long stand for.

In such a scenario, federalism, I predict, is about to make a major comeback, led by a surge of constitutional populism.  The fight against the entrenched elite will come from the states and localities, and will feature, I suspect, a refusal to recognize federal court decisions that deny states the rights the Constitution bestows on them, or which expand the powers of the federal government beyond those enumerated in the Constitution.  The dictates of bureaucracies backed by partisan courts will be challenged.  And the new, real civil rights movement will be one that demands a return to the primacy of individual liberty.  Governors who stand against federal authority will be lauded by the people; and the onus will be on the feds to, eg., send in troops to remove Governor-called National Guard units from policing our border, or preventing EPA bureaucrats from shutting down entire industries.

We’re reaching a tipping point.  But there are still remedies to being herded — or, if you prefer, “nudged” — down the road to serfdom.  And we’re either going to challenge our self-appointed shepherds or we’re going to find ourselves in pens, property of the technocrats and permanent secular aristocracy.

Me? I’m nobody’s chattel.  Nor am I a sheep.

Put me on your “potential domestic terrorist” law-enforcement lists, if that’s what you need to do; but don’t tread on me.  I will not live as a slave, no matter the euphemism attached to the condition.  Bank on it.

outlaw!

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[note:  I ask of you who RT posts like this one that you begin adding the hashtag #outlaw.  Because though I’m not particularly savvy at social media, I’m pretty sure that’s the way to gain momentum for a nascent “movement”.  Thanks – ed]

 

 

Posted by Jeff G. @ 9:38am
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Comments (10)

  1. Something football? If we took the message right, I believe we’re intended to respond “Redskins”, albeit in hushed and constrained tones, which, y’know, indicate something vile. But surely no further. Thinking, in other words, isn’t for us. Nope. Obedience, quiet peaceable obedience is our only recourse.

  2. Maybe we should rename the Redskins the Shepherds? There are some fans in the DC area.

    Or maybe the Shepards? A toss out for the gay community to boot!

  3. IF they don’t smarten up, the GOP Senate minority is going to cost the GOP House their majority.

  4. If we’re going to be lorded over by Democrats, they should at least have a “D” next to their name so everyone knows the truth.

  5. Smarten up? They’re pushing a bi-partisan Senate gas tax increase tied to inflation.

    They want subjects. And I guess they figure we can’t walk all the way to DC.

  6. Brett should stick to selling blue jeans.

    Faded blue jeans.

  7. I’m wondering if Favre included a picture of his genitals along with his endorsement.

    It’s long been a trademark of his when he’s trying to close a sale.

  8. Oops.

    Sorry. I said “long.”

    Highly inappropriate, if Deadspin got it right.

  9. I thought it quite appropriate for Favre to endorse Cochran.

    Brett didn’t know when it was time to hang it up either.

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