Sir Charles: Politicians are all about divide-and-conquer

Not even a GOAT quotable Dream Teamer like Charles Barkley can proffer a simple, honestly-expressed thought on the state of US society without the piranha-like forces of social media scrutinization going to work in tweet-sized bites.

Truly The GOATs supposes that the good news – okay, the pragmatic take – is Barkley’s b-bon mots will soon be forgotten, what with a new news cycle beginning on the Monday after the holiday. So we’re recording this for posterity. Below runs the Profound Mound of Resound’s “controversial” opinion in prose as well as taped off the NCAA basketball coverage he and the usual TNT lot were covering.

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“…man, i think most white people and black people are great people. I really believe that. But i think our system is set up for oru politicians, whether Republicans or Democrats, [is] designed to make us not like each other so they can keep their grasp of money and power. They divide and conquer.

“I truly believe in my heart that most white people and black people are awesome people, but we’re so stupid, following our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, and their only job is ‘Hey, let’s make these people not like each other. We don’t live in their neighborhoods, we’ve all got money, let’s make the whites and blacks not like each other. Let’s make rich people and poor people not like each other, let’s scramble the middle class.’

“I truly believe that in my heart.”

“…man, i think most white people and black people are great people. I really believe that. But i think our system is set up for oru politicians, whether Republicans or Democrats, [is] designed to make us not like each other so they can keep their grasp of money and power. They divide and conquer.

“I truly believe in my heart that most white people and black people are awesome people, but we’re so stupid, following our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, and their only job is ‘Hey, let’s make these people not like each other. We don’t live in their neighborhoods, we’ve all got money, let’s make the whites and blacks not like each other. Let’s make rich people and poor people not like each other, let’s scramble the middle class.’

“I truly believe that in my heart.”

Larry Bird’s comments at Dream Team HOF enshrinement clinched him GOAT trash-talker title

The entire premise of Truly the GOATs is about challenging the notion of labeling sports’ players, teams or events hastily and clichédly “Greatest of All-Time.” My theory – still doing research on this – is that the tendency began with Michael Jordan and/or the 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball team, a.k.a. The Dream Team.

One can easily see why: Not since the days of Pelé and his Team Brazil football sides of the 1950s and 60s had the wide world of sports so clearly witnessed once-in-a-century greatness. Team USA ultimately lived up to the pre-Olympics hype by winning every game – by an average score of 43.8. Even Brazil drew a couple of matches in their three World Cup-winning runs.

The Dream Team was so great that they even enjoyed one of the best Hall of Fame enshrinement speeches 20 years after the 1992 Olympics Games, courtesy Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

Bird, in fact, solidifies his bid for the Greatest Trash-Talker of All-Time by closing out the speech with the last word on the ridiculous 1960 Team USA vs 1992 Team USA debates leading into both squads’ indubction in Springfield. Check it out: Even Jordan can’t maintain his cooler-than-thou demeanor when Larry starts dropping bombers like he was killing the Lakers with jumpers.

The complete transcript of the speech runs below the video.

1992 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team Hall of Fame Enshrinement Speech: Complete transcript
Emcee Ahmad Rashad: Welcoming the team to the Hell of Fame are three members of the 1960 U.S. Olympic team, Walt Bellamy, Oscar Robertson, and Jerry West. Ladies and gentlemen, the gold medal winning 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Team! Continue reading “Larry Bird’s comments at Dream Team HOF enshrinement clinched him GOAT trash-talker title”