For all of the parents and grandparents reading this, we can probably all agree that we knew, often from our own personal experience, that kids will make mistakes and they will do dumb things. We were kids and we made mistakes, it’s to be expected. But it was always that critical moment when you had the choice of taking the high road, coming clean and admitting something went wrong OR making matters worse by concocting a lie. And the bigger and more blatant the lie the more trouble you tend to create for yourself. Lies, they almost always trip you up somewhere down the line.
So when our kids and grandkids take that opportunity to tell the truth we usually give them a break because we are pleased they listened, they learned and it’s all part of the process of becoming mature and responsible. However, when they tell the big hairy lie, not only do we see right through them, they make us a little cranky.
You could say that right about now a lot of people are cranky over being told things that really weren’t true – the big hairy lie we could see through in an instant, or in this case we could hear through it faster than a NASCAR driver making his way to the winner’s circle. Yes, that’s how #LetGoBrandon has gone viral.
The movement began on Saturday, October 2 at Talladega Superspeedway after Brandon Brown secured his first career Xfinity Series victory when the race was called early due to darkness. As NBC Sports reporter Kelli Stavast interviewed Brown on the front stretch of the high-banked oval speedway in Lincoln, Alabama following his victory, a chant broke out from the grandstands. Yep, the same chant heard regarding the current President of the United States, the one that had been chanted quite often in the months leading up to this race, specifically during college football games at packed stadiums across the United States, the words not fit for network television.
Clearly with a producer in her earpiece, Stavast indicated to viewers that it was “Let’s go Brandon!” that was being chanted, even though the microphones picked up quite clearly what was actually being said.
“As you can hear the chants from the crowd, ‘Let’s go Brandon,’” Stavast beamed nervously. And with that, the phrase went viral.
How viral? Guys named Brandon on social media were bombarded with memes and the new slogan seemed to be popping up everywhere. Somebody even put a “Let’s go” sign on top of a road sign for Brandon, Minnesota.
From handmade signs to marquees seen at hardware stores, pharmacies and at least one high school sign, “Let’s Go Brandon” has been sweeping the nation.
In Tucson in early November motorists who found construction signage altered shared videos on social media showing the sign at North Granada Avenue and West St. Mary’s Road saying “LET’S GO BRANDON” and while it’s not clear how the message ended up on the sign, a spokesperson for the Tucson Department of Transportation said they had contacted the barricade company that owns the sign to make sure it had been changed.
You get the picture.
“Let’s Go Brandon!” made it into the music industry as Billboard released its list of best-selling songs for the week on November 8 where two of the top five songs referenced the phrase: Bryson Gray featuring Tyson James and Chandler Crump “Let’s go Brandon” and Loza Alexander’s “Let’s go Brandon.” One of them even beat out Adele’s latest single to make No. 1 on iTunes. Gray said that his song was removed from YouTube due to “medical misinformation.”
Many prefer the #LetsGoBrandon sarcastic commentary on President Biden’s disastrous presidency to the original chant, as the focus shifts from insulting Biden the person, to well-justified mockery of Biden’s catastrophic actions in office and certain media covering things up with no truth in sight.
In a free country such as ours, dishonesty at the highest levels of government is no small thing. If we can’t trust the president and his administration, how do we know what to believe? How do we know what our government is really up to? People in power must be held accountable in a democracy — but that’s not easy when you don’t know what’s true and what isn’t, and certain media is there to put lipstick and a tutu on the big hairy lie.
That’s why some people are cranky. If a political figure wasn’t being vetted because there was a slacker for an opponent we could at least count on the media to be investigative reporters and ask tough questions. If someone misspoke, which does happen honestly, especially when you’re under the magnifying glass, be it from nerves and butterflies in the stomach, or a lost train of thought, you could count on a diligent reporter to ask the questions, get the answers and set the official record straight with the only bias being to get to that answer, that truth. Sadly, that era has seemingly ended in our country.
Nowadays many wonder if some members of the media, with biases on both sides of the aisle, are actually on the political payroll, because they aren’t vetting, setting the record straight or even being honest about what we hear with our own ears.
That’s where we all need to remember the First Amendment – something those of us in the media hold near, dear and sacred. The First Amendment to the Bill of Rights is your guarantee of freedom of speech and expression, a free and fair press, and the right to peaceably assemble, exercise your faith in a way you see fit as an American, and you are given the right to petition the government for redress of grievances.
After reading the paragraph above, do you feel like your First Amendment rights are in jeopardy? If so, you’re not alone.
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From Stick the 1st you have the promise that products do not contain lies, deception or tyranny. After all, the movement we are witnessing is in response to and literally arises from “fake news” — a reporter misreporting what an anti-Biden crowd was saying. The very moment that encapsulated everything that many conservatives find wrong with the President’s media enablers, who they believe lie to cover for him.
Face it, “Let’s go Brandon!” mocks not just Biden, but pro-Biden media bias.
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