Matt Burke, a former Harvard-educated former NFL center who is currently the Republican candidate for governor of Minnesota, was in the news last week for saying that our country is promoting abortion by “telling women they should work.” Speaking at a national Right to Life event last month, Burke said that “our culture promotes abortion loud and subtle, we tell women they have to look a certain way, they have to have jobs — all of those things.” he is also They compared abortion to slavery and said pro-abortion activists “always wanted to go for the rape card.” Then he told a joke about winning the Super Bowl.
Since Burke, who went to Harvard, is running for a pro-business Republican, it would be strange if he did not do Kick off some retro nonsense about how women should go home with a brood, as this idea is central to both Conservative and neoliberal agendas. But while these ideas are pretty old, there’s nothing new in hearing them from Burke. For more than a decade, Burke, who holds an economics degree from Harvard University, has spent years leaking growing clouds of ideas — not just about abortion and women, but also about gay marriage and science. Also for more than a decade, Burke has tapped into the reputation of a smart guy that comes with his Harvard graduation. He has long enjoyed great media coverage, including referring to his 34 ACT scores in high school, and has routinely made it to lists of “Smartest Athletes.” This part of his identity is important to his brand. Burke is keen to highlight that he went to Harvard University Campaign materials President of the National Conference on the Right to Life for 2022 Curriculum Vitae He said:
Super Bowl Champion Matt Burke is a 15-year veteran of the National Football League and currently works as a special assistant for the NFL. Matt, a six-time NFL Pro Bowl Selection and two-time All Pro, has proven to be the undisputed leader in the field and has been named the sixth smartest athlete by sports news. A Harvard graduate, Matt received the 2011 Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his excellence both on and off the field, including his commitment to emphasizing the importance of education through the HIKE Foundation.
Sixth smartest! Why such an arrangement was put in the first place is perhaps a question for another day; Burke’s test scores and scores tell us as much about his football ability as high school mileage times tell us about his ability sports news Journalists to write about professional football. And it certainly says nothing about Matt Burke’s moral acumen – an issue that is relevant to at least some of the journals that have spent the past decade pretending to care. racial justiceSexual hnfand the luxury of his players. Eating out on sports news The 2010 “Smartest Athletes” ranking is not Even online anymore Pathetic by all accounts. This helps it fit in with most other things Burke (Harvard 98) has ever said.
In 2012, our Harvard man wrote editorial In the Star Tribune Support a law banning same-sex marriage in Minnesota. Burke was then playing his last NFL season, and he was very upset:
Same-sex marriages may not affect my marriage specifically, but it will affect my children – the next generation. Ideas have consequences, and laws shape culture. Redefining marriage will affect the well-being of children and the well-being of society. As a Christian and a citizen, I find myself compelled to take care of both.
I am talking about this issue because it is very important to remain silent. People who simply acknowledge the basic reality of marriage between a man and a woman are categorized as “bigot” and “anti-homosexual.” Shall we not get past that as a society?
In 2013, the year of his fiftieth anniversary celebration at Harvard, Burke made it clear that he wouldn’t go to the White House with the rest of the award-winning Ravens Super Bowl, because then-President Obama had once to thank Planned Parenthood in a letter.
“Planned Parenthood performs about 330,000 abortions annually,” Burke said. “I’m Catholic, I’m active in the pro-life movement and I felt like I couldn’t deal with that. I couldn’t agree to that in any way.”
After retiring in the aftermath of the 2012 Super Bowl, he earned a fawn profile In the Star Tribune Burke sold as the next big potential thing Republican politics in Minnesota, noting a small portion of his autobiography:
“He’s a Harvard graduate with an economics degree, and wears a scarlet football tattoo on his left leg. He plans to donate his brain to science because of his football concussion concerns, and he doesn’t regularly wear a Super Bowl ring, as he recently told someone it was big and “distasteful.”
Regardless of the cryptic respect-policy nonsense about sparkling jewellery, the former Harvard footballer’s concerns about football-induced brain trauma waned after he began working for the NFL in 2014. In 2013, Harvard’s Burke He said He was donating his brain and spinal cord to “help further understand the effects of football” and urging other players to do the same. Four years later, by that time on the NFL payroll as a counsellor, Harvard’s Burke had changed his tune. After a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that the brains of 110 out of 111 deceased former NFL players had evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the Harvard economics major voiced skepticism that calls into question his status. How numbers work.
Is Matt Burke smart? By virtue of going to Harvard, he was certainly thought to be intelligent, although there is no lack of evidence to the contrary. Does it matter if Matt Burke is smart? Mostly not. What matters is that it uses idea He’s smart – did I mention he went to Harvard? To provide cover and credibility for a movement aimed at exerting dominance over others. In this particular way, he is like many Harvard graduates before him.
Pointing out the diploma hanging on the wall is easier than trying to make a morally coherent argument for your vision of a collective future, but what does it really say? After all, Harvard University should be better understood as a $53 billion private company that relies on Exploit From workers and the public keep its own brand status and broader status quo; that it main exports They are financial brothers and management consultants. The fetish of this “success” has sickening consequences both figuratively and in a civil sense, in the literal sense of the word. This is how you end up with people who think Harvard’s Matt Burke might have anything worth saying, and maybe he should be responsible.
There isn’t much to say about Matt Burke, the nominee. It’s a totally elusive, totally unremarkable GOP sneaking up on boring ideas and a terrible haircut. I think a look at how he got here would be much brighter. By blending mainstream Republican politics—whatever these matters at any given moment—with his pro-athletic fame and Harvard-branded reputation as an intelligent person, Burke was able to get the proper look and feel of merit while demonstrating a deep contempt for the basic rights of his fellow human beings.
People have been thinking Matt Burke is a smart guy for decades, when all he really is is a Harvard guy. And they mistook the Harvard men for something much longer.