A new study in young adults has suggested that moods are contagious, and that teenagers are susceptible to “catching” their friends’ emotional states.
President Donald Trump criticized NFL players who lodge protests during the pregame national anthem, saying Friday night that he wished those players would be released and encouraging fans who are offended to walk out of stadiums.
Speaking at a political rally in Huntsville, Alabama, Trump said: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out. He’s fired! He’s fired!”
Trump said the protests, which became public last year when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled for a preseason national anthem, are “hurting the game…”
“The only thing you could do better,” Trump said, “is if you see it, even if it’s just one player, leave the stadium. I guarantee things will stop. Things will stop. Just pick up and leave. Pick up and leave. Not the same game anymore, anyway.”
… so I’m watching a game yesterday. What used to be considered a great tackle, a violent head-on [tackle], a violent — if that was done by Dick Butkus, they’d say he’s the greatest player. If that were done by Lawrence Taylor — it was done by Lawrence Taylor and Dick Butkus and Ray Nitschke, right? Ray Nitschke — you used to see these tackles and it was incredible to watch, right?
“Now they tackle. ‘Oh, head-on-head collision, 15 yards.’ The whole game is all screwed up. You say, ‘Wow, what a tackle.’ Bing. Flag. Football has become soft. Football has become soft. Now, I’ll be criticized for that. They’ll say, ‘Oh, isn’t that terrible.’ But football has become soft like our country has become soft. [Applause] It’s true. It’s true. The outcome of games has been changed by what used to be phenomenal, phenomenal stuff. Now these are rough guys, these are rough guys. These guys — what they’re doing is incredible, but I looked at it and I watched yesterday in particular. So many flags, right? So many flags. And I could imagine a guy like Lawrence Taylor and Dick Butkus, who was really rough, and some of these guys sitting there watching. ‘Wow, what a beautiful tackle.’ ‘Fifteen yards! That’s — the game is over.’ You can’t kick a field goal any more…”
It’s become weak and you know what? It’s going to affect the NFL. I don’t even watch it as much anymore. It’s going to affect the NFL. I don’t watch it. The referees, they want to all throw flags so their wives see them at home. ‘Oh, there’s my husband.’ [Laughter] It’s true. ‘He just broke up — he just gave a 15-yard penalty on one of the most beautiful tackles made this year.’ Right?
“It’s boring… But it’s different. But it’s become soft and our country has become soft.”
Milton Erikson, the father of hypnosis, used to love to tell people stories which mirrored other things, because if you honestly and directly told somebody about some problem they had, they might have an emotional reaction and reflexively oppose what you told them. But if you told them a story about somebody else in the exact same circumstance and how they fixed their problem, the patient would let their emotional shields down and look at the situation honestly. In his experience, the idea would sink in and later he would find the people would change their behavior, even more than if he had honestly come out and told them their own problem. And often as not, they had no idea why. This has come to be called Eriksonian Storytelling, and every book on hypnosis will discuss it.
Here, Donald is telling a story about big tough men who hit head on in a game and tackle their enemies the way they are supposed to. Then there are wimpy girlie men who throw flags to get in their wive’s good graces, and complain that what the big strong men like Lawrence Taylor and Dick Butkus are doing is wrong. And it all is a sign of a game and country that has gone soft, which it never should have done.
Who is another big strong man who has wimpy girlie men complaining about what he is doing, because the country has gone soft? Who has wimpy girlie men who are too busy trying to please their wives, to play the game the way it should be played?
Trump just Eriksonized the entire nation using the media as a hypnotizer megaphone. This also creates a more K-selected, aggressive, patriarchal social mood, where we are beginning to agree, things are too soft and wimpy girlie men are trying to please the women too much. We need to go back to the manly way of doing things, and put the girlie men and their nagging, pain-in-the-ass-feminist ball-smacker women in the corner.
And now the media will replay it endlessly as they debate if he is right or wrong about it all. Repetition is hypnotic. The ideas will sink in, and affect perceptions elsewhere in a lot of people.
And then, just on cue, a wimpy girlie man who has gone soft comes out and throws a flag, because a big strong man tackled too aggressively, perfectly playing into Trump’s hands by increasing the media coverage of this, and giving a real life example of it:
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell fired back at President Trump on Saturday for encouraging league owners to remove players who take a knee during the national anthem, saying Trump’s “divisive comments” show “an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL.”
“The NFL and our players are at our best when we help create a sense of unity in our country and our culture,” Goodell said in a statement…
“Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
“There is a man at the front door to bang your wife Roger. Go to your corner and be quiet while you spank your monkey.” At least that is what the nation thinks.
Meanwhile, Trump’s social mood catches on. Donald Trump is now Lawrence Taylor, and we are all cheering him as he runs up the field and tackles other people as hard as he can in a now-exciting game. And when the girlie referees throw flags to appease their wives, we all boo and tell them to go fuck themselves.
Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke reportedly dropped the F-bomb in an email exchange with a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist who was working on a story about the former sheriff’s security detail…
“Was this a wise use of taxpayer dollars?” Mr. Bice asked, according to screenshots he shared on Twitter, The Hill reported.
“‘Fuck you and the horse you rode in on.’ I’m David Clarke and I approve this message,” the sheriff responded from his private email address.
I approve that message too.
This is the K-shift. Can you feel how the movement is building?