It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool: Drew Brees saves the season his remarks endangered

It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. ~ This quote has been attributed to Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain and Samuel Johnson, among others.

There is a new day coming to the opinion pages of your favorite newspaper but before I get to that:

Drew Brees: It breaks my heart to know the pain I caused ~ Josh Alper

Here in Saints land this has been big news since word of Brees remarks to Yahoo Sports broke and once again people are again demonstrating the sheer capacity to not get a damn thing. The first commenter to the above piece illustrates what I’m saying:

Flash1211 says:
June 4, 2020 at 8:40 am
Shouldn’t have to apologize for your opinion

The ignorance Flash displays is common in not knowing the difference between a fact and an opinion. I’ll spell it slow for everyone:

o·pin·ion
/əˈpinyən/

noun
a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge.

“I like blue more than yellow” would be an example of an opinion.

and

fact
/fakt/
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noun
a thing that is known or proved to be true.

“Ronald Reagan was president from 1981 to 1989” would be a fact.

When your opinion is based on willful ignorance, it is liable to be hurtful and that is exactly what happened here. You see, it was never a secret the players knelt to protest police brutality of minorities, George Floyd being the latest example. It was never about the flag, the troops or disrespecting the flag until our divider in Chief built that straw man and like a Labrador Retriever chasing the tennis ball down, people that wanted to ignore the very real problem of police brutality got their out and closed their minds and ears. Ignoring problems is the lazy way out in life and it is certainly costly as we are finding out today yet there are dividers for profit that would continue to build straw men to racially pit people against one another. Dan Fagan at the Advocate is one such person: Continue reading “It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool: Drew Brees saves the season his remarks endangered”