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Ben Sasse is Nebraska’s golden boy, the state’s once heralded hope for pure conservative representation in the US Senate.

From time to time, he’s lost his way in the vast forest of Washington, DC. My jury is sequestered. There’s no verdict to issue just yet on the life and times of Senator Sasse.

However, I’m prepared to issue an at-boy for the speed and force with which Nebraska’s golden boy step up to the plate to rebuke the NBA over its censorship of Daryl Morey tweet. Here it is:

That’s all there is. A simple graphic and seven words. The tweet has been removed, the firestorm remains ablaze across social media, politicians, and of course the NBA and its droves of cowardly coaches and players.

Senator Ben Sasse was quick to forge a coalition with Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) to jump on the issue with an official letter exhorting the NBA to reject the demands of the Chinese Communist Party (“CCP”).

The Sasse letter was also signed by an impressive bi-partisan list of politicians, including, Sens. Wyden (D-OR), Cotton (R-AR), Cruz (R-TX) and Reps. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Banks (R-IN).

Sasse and his compadres exhort the NBA to have the “courage and integrity” to stand up to the CCP. Furthermore, the Sasse letter outlines measures (steps) the league can take to uphold its commitment to “addressing important social issues in the U.S. and around the world.”

Ben Sasse should be applauded by all Nebraskans. This is precisely the kind of conservative leadership we expect from Nebraska conservatives. Thank you, Senator Sasse!

Now, I’m wondering about something…out loud. Why is it that politicians, like Sasse, can be so forceful and effective in demanding adherence from China and the NBA while waffling on the critical issues such as debt, spending, healthcare, Social Security, Medicare, the size of the government, our impoverished secularized education system, and their own unproductive ranker within both the Senate and the House?

Events like the NBA kissing China’s ass provide elites with opportunities for safe-speak. Safe-speak is the sound they make which, while correct in all aspects, doesn’t immediately impact their constituents. After all, it’s not like Hong Kong is in Nebraska! And there is little chance Senator Sasse will be managing the NBA anytime soon!

Ben Sasse is Nebraska’s golden boy. Some would say if Ben fails to hold his stated conservative positions and does not start asserting Nebraska’s call for changes in DC, he will end up being Nebraska’s tarnished copper.

Constituent’s concerns are far removed from those of the NBA.

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