Thoughts on NHLPA Coup

Yikes! I called it a coup!

So shoot me.

Well…let it be quick and painless for what I’m about to do.

I’m going to use an analogy here because the situation in NHLPA land has me thinking about American politics and the history of American politics in the last 9 years.

Imagine Paul Kelly as George Bush.
Imagine the NHLPA consisting of two parties: the liberals and the conservatives.
Imagine that the situation with the NHLPA leadership has a lot to do with George Bush’s presidency.

Hard to imagine…let’s talk about George then, shall we?

At the end of George’s presidency, VP Dick Cheney said some things about Bush that even to my eyes was just shocking. Here’s a couple of paragraphs from the Washington Post :

“In the second term, he felt Bush was moving away from him,” said a participant in the recent gathering, describing Cheney’s reply. “He said Bush was shackled by the public reaction and the criticism he took. Bush was more malleable to that. The implication was that Bush had gone soft on him, or rather Bush had hardened against Cheney’s advice. He’d showed an independence that Cheney didn’t see coming. It was clear that Cheney’s doctrine was cast-iron strength at all times — never apologize, never explain — and Bush moved toward the conciliatory.”

The two men maintain respectful ties, speaking on the telephone now and then, though aides to both said they were never quite friends. But there is a sting in Cheney’s critique, because he views concessions to public sentiment as moral weakness. After years of praising Bush as a man of resolve, Cheney now intimates that the former president turned out to be more like an ordinary politician in the end.

So essentially Bush was a puppet. After he started getting close to Americans and having feelings for them, Cheney thought he became a weakling as President.

Now, putting this into NHLPA terms…Paul Kelly was the puppet. We (the media) are being told that part of the reason for Kelly’s firing was because he became too friendly with the media.

Considering it’s the media that builds up the reputations of the leaders, why would it be a bad thing if he was friendly with the media?

Either way, that excuse doesn’t float. Since when was being friendly with the media grounds for being ousted?

Kelly was not given his right to defend himself of the accusations being brought against him. He was put into a room and no one told him what was going on.

Healy believes everything that they concocted were lies, which the representatives believed were the truth and they voted accordingly. Remember that whole…weapons of mass destruction in Iraq bit? Were there WMDs in Iraq? No, there were not. But Congress believed there were WMDs based on the lies they were fed and they voted accordingly.

Why go through the notions of ousting Kelly?

If Cheney had his way, Bush starting to think on his own and steer away from the puppetmaster was grounds for an ousting. If Cheney could do it, he would have…but he couldn’t.

But Kelly could be ousted.

So my dear colleagues, fans and players that read this…think about what I just said. Is this the way the NHLPA should be led? I would be shaking in my boots if I was a player…just like I did for the past 8 years with Bush (the puppet) as president.

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