Obama’s Buttinski Trademark Board Hadn’t Received ONE Complaint About Redskins Name

Obama’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board which last month jumped into the debate about the evils of the football team’s name and summarily declared the name “Redskins” to be “offensive” has now admitted that there was no cause for its actions.

This shows how Obama’s government is a left-wing, activist government that does not respond to we, the people, but actively looks for ways to tear down this country and remake it in their lord’s image. We now find out that when the buttinski trademark board that illicitly ruled that the Redskins name is somehow “illegal” didn’t have a single complaint from the public before the department made its activist ruling.

The Washington Times submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to find out what sort of correspondence the office had during its decision to cancel the trademark status of the team and found that the only reason the board jumped into the controversy is because of a lawsuit but no volume of complaints from the public to substantiate its claim that the name is now viewed as “offensive.”

“The board made its ruling last month,” the paper wrote, “based on a legal challenge from Amanda Blackhorse and four others, who petitioned the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office against the Redskins, calling the team name offensive to American Indians.”

So, what we have here is a left-wing, PC activist cajoling a left-wing, bureaucratic agency to engage in social engineering without any imputes from we, the people.

Worse, this department is also set up to exclude public comment on its activist endeavors. It is wholly unaccountable and can seemingly do whatever it wants, proof again that our government is so far above the people that we all have no influence upon it.

Agencies like this need to be torn down and rebuilt on a democratic–not a Democrat Party–model.

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  • jim_m

    obama has said that the Constitution is seriously flawed because it is a Constitution of negative liberties. It only says what the government cannot do and it does not say what the government can do against the wishes if the people. This is an example of what he wants to do. Rather than respond to what the people want, he is imposing his own will. For now it is something that has a claim to a plurality of people who support it. Shortly, it will be things that nobody but his most rabid partisans can support.

  • Paul Hooson

    P.S., keep this quiet fellows, but the U.S. Army also names many of it’s helicopters or other equipment or weapons after Native American names as well such as Apache, Tomahawk, Blackhawk and Iroquis….

    • Commander_Chico
    • Brucehenry

      Well sure but it’s one thing to name something after a tribe and another to name it after a slur.

      It would be like the difference in naming a tank the “Yoruba” and naming it the “”N****r”.

      I don’t have a problem with naming a sports team the Seminoles or the Blackhawks. There’s nothing pejorative in those names.

      None of this is to say that I support the patent office action. It indeed seems like government overreach to me.

      • Commander_Chico

        Yah, I agree with Bruce. Redskins is a bad name in bad taste, but government should stay out of it.

        It’s a mission for free speech and boycotts.

      • jim_m

        Except that leftists are already starting to foment against the naming of arms after indian tribes and symbols.

        Despite in some passages actually presenting a good reason to use those names in the military, the author ultimately comes out against them effectively saying that they are no different than “Redskins”.

        Never underestimate the intolerance and hate of the left.

        • Brucehenry

          Well this Waxman guy is free to hold his opinion. It’s well stated in the linked article, I just don’t happen to subscribe to it. Just as, I am sure, there are arguments made by “rightists” to which you don’t subscribe.

          • jim_m

            Yes, but unlike our or I he has a nationally read newspaper with which to push his viewpoint. Expect the next target to be the military in this idiotic campaign. If it gains any momentum in the next two years, expect obama to issue a royal edict that the names be changed.

      • Paul Hooson

        Your point is correct here, Bruce. Unlike respectful names that celebrate the Native American history of this land such as those military names, the sports name is a slur. Agreed.

      • Scalia

        I’m glad that you agree that this action is an overreach. As to what Native Americans feel about the label Redskins, it appears that the only poll sows that 90% of them do not consider it offensive. Moreover, the same article says that there are Native American schools who call themselves Redskins.

        Mascots are something to be proud of, and many mascots emphasize prowess or strength. If it is the case that the significant majority of Native Americans have no problem with such a mascot, then this appears to be another example of the minority tyranny.

      • Except that the original name of the franchise was The Boston Braves. I guess Atlanta is going to have to change their name as well, right?…but don’t let facts get in the way of a ‘feel good’ argument…and if you don’t have any real victims, why just recruit some!